Health

Europe is facing a challenging moment concerning health policies and services. The ageing of European population together with unhealthy lifestyle patterns, are expected to increase the burden of chronic diseases on individuals, on existing health and care systems and on society. It is now recognized that prevention is a fundamental pillar for the success of future healthcare systems and the development of policies and frameworks to promote patient engagement are key aspects for active self-management of health and disease.

In addition to this, the growing demand for better healthcare and the diversity of healthcare services has become a reality and a challenge for operational health frameworks.

Research in health requires a multidisciplinary approach involving the consideration of a wide range of scenarios and the integration of diverse technologies. From politics to economics, aspects such as culture, family structure, demographics, healthcare practices, nursing skills, different therapeutics and technical measures are shaping and influencing the present health status in Europe.

The development of an integrated strategy enabling the involvement of society as a whole, promoting patient awareness on health alternatives and greater participation of individuals through a life-course approach is the key for reducing the increase of public expenditure coupled with labour force and productivity losses and for achieving improved quality of life in the medium and long term.