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Minimum Standards of Care for COPD Patients in Europe

EFA is excited to release its second book concerning COPD in Europe, the EFA Book on Minimum Standards of Care for COPD patients in Europe, which was produced as a result of the EFA COPD Project.

The book began as an effort by EFA’s COPD Working Group members, who assembled a list of common gaps in COPD patient care in their countries. Enough overlap was seen that in the spring and summer of 2013, 16 countries with EFA members and partners were surveyed with a questionnaire concerning the status quo of patient care for COPD.

The resulting publication is a patient-driven and centered foundation for the establishment of minimum standards of care for COPD patients in Europe. It can be seen as a guide for policymakers, medical professionals and other national stakeholders to call for much needed change in specific areas of care.

The book’s official presentation to the public is at the joint EFA/European COPD Coalition (ECC) event to mark the 2013 World COPD Day on 28 November, 2013 in Brussels. The book is available in the following languages:

 

COPD BookEnglish version:

EFA Book on Minimum Standards of Care for COPD Patients in Europe (here)

“The publication of this book should not be viewed exclusively as an aid to patient advocacy, but rather it presents healthcare professionals with a powerful tool which helps to shed light on a tremendous opportunity to change the status quo.”

Jørgen Vestbo, Medical Advisor for the EFA COPD Project

 

EFA Buch - Mindeststandards für die Versorgung von COPD-Patienten in Europa_GERMANGerman version:

EFA Buch Mindeststandards für die Versorgung von COPD-Patienten in Europa (here)

“Die Versorgung von Patienten mit COPD und anderen obstruktiven Lungenerkrankungen ist innerhalb der europäischen Länder nicht gleichmäßig verteilt.”

Michael Wilken, Leiter der COPD-Arbeitsgruppe von EFA

 


French VersionLivre EFA - L’établissement de normes minimales en matière de prise en charge des patients atteints de BPCO en Europe_FRENCH

 Livre EFA – L’établissement de normes minimales en matière de prise en charge des patients atteints de BPCO en Europe (here)

“abordant la question de la prise en charge actuelle des patients atteints de BPCO, nous souhaitons mettre en exergue les meilleures pratiques permettant à terme de réduire l’impact économique et promouvoir l’efficacité et la durabilité des systèmes de santé.”

Breda Flood, présidente de l’EFA

 

Spanish VersionLibro EFA - Pautas mínimas de atención a los pacientes con EPOC en Europa_SPANISH

 Libro EFA – Pautas mínimas de atención a los pacientes con EPOC en Europa (here)

“Al tratar la atención existente para los pacientes con EPOC, esperamos dar a conocer las prácticas recomendadas que pueden ayudar a identificar maneras de reducir los costes y hacer avanzar los sistemas de salud hacia una mayor sostenibilidad.”

Breda Flood, presidenta de la EFA

 

Any inquiries related to the book can be sent to projects@efanet.org. To request copies of the book, please call the EFA office at +32 (0) 2 227 2713.

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