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Introducing local stakeholders to VIGOUR in Crete

The aim of the meeting was to introduce VIGOUR to local stakeholder by presenting its objectives, individual components and expectations. The meeting also sought to initiate the dialogue between stakeholders regarding Integrated Care needs and how each organisation perceives them based on their priorities and expertise. By the end of the meeting, stakeholders were invited to express their interest to engage in VIGOUR’s future discussions and facilitate the local implementation and scaling-up of Integrated Care.
Twenty three organisations were invited to this introductory meeting on the 20th of May, 2019. In total, 24 participants from 13 different organisations attended. Some of the emerging themes and priorities included: 

  • Educational training of health professionals focusing on open communication in the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Education of patients (which is among the most difficult tasks)
  • Multidisciplinary-based care provision and shared decision-making processes
  • Comprehensive patient records as a priority
  • Building pathways of care that could be followed by all doctors and could be applicable to all patients 
  • Significant enhancement for out-of-hospital care (at home or in the community)

The meeting was organised and coordinated by the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, under the supervision of Prof. Christos Lionis, Principal Investigator of VIGOUR in Greece.

Read the full meeting here.