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IAPO to highlight how to measure patient-centred healthcare at 5th Global Patients Congress 

London, United Kingdom, 12 March 2012 – The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) will launch its Patient-Centred Healthcare Indicators Review at its 5th Global Patients Congress in London, UK on 17-19 March 2012.

The Congress is the only patient-led global, cross disease event that brings together the most important voices in healthcare, those of the patients, with other healthcare stakeholders on an equal footing. This will be a unique opportunity for patient advocates and a wide range of healthcare stakeholders working across diseases and across borders, to come together and participate in an exciting agenda. The Congress will help foster global networks, develop practical skills, and enable engagement and understanding of key policy issues affecting patients in the international arena.

The Congress is supported by the World Health Organization, the World Health Professions Alliance, the International Hospital Federation and National Voices in the UK.

The theme of the Congress, Achieving Patient-Centred Healthcare: Indicators of Progress and Success, is timely. Patient-centred healthcare and patient engagement are no longer ‘nice-to-have’ ideas but truly at the core of healthcare mandates, programmes and initiatives. But the realisation of patient-centred healthcare in daily practice is still some distance away.

There remains a lack of clarity about what it is to be patient-centred, how to measure it and track progress towards it. Patients and patients’ organizations have an important role to play, in partnership with other committed stakeholders, to assess progress made in achieving patient-centred healthcare and to define what indicators we need to measure to assess the implementation and impact of patient-centred healthcare.  The Congress programme will revisit the values at the core of a patient-centred approach and examine these from the patients’ perspective how those values should be realised in practice and measured to ensure that all healthcare providers deliver patient-centred healthcare.

For more information about speakers, who will attend, the Congress programme and the impact of the event, please read the Congress Media Fact Sheet. If you would like to attend the Congress as a member of the press, please contact Rebecca Buckley ([email protected]).

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For further information, please contact:

Rebecca Buckley, Projects Officer, IAPO

T: +44 20 7721 7508; Email: [email protected]

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