CHRODIS PLUS Joint Action: Implementing good practices for chronic diseases

Joint Actions are a funding instrument under the third EU Health Programme 2014-2020. They are designed and financed by Member State authorities and the EU to address specific priorities under the EU Health Programme. They have a clear EU added value and are co-financed either by competent authorities that are responsible for health in the Member States (e.g. Health Ministries) or in the third countries participating in the Programme, or by public sector bodies and non-governmental bodies mandated by those competent authorities.

With 42 partners,  CHRODIS  PLUS Joint Action: Implementing good practices for chronic diseases, is one of the largest Joint Action co-financed under the EU Public Health Programme CHRODIS  PLUS JA is coordinated by Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII).

Reducing the burden of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental disorders is a priority of EU Member States and at the EU Policy level, since they affect 8 out of 10 people aged over 65 in Europe. It has been estimated that chronic diseases cost EU economies €115 billion or 0.8% of GDP annually. Approximately 70% to 80% of health care budgets across the EU are spent on treating chronic diseases.

There is a wealth of knowledge within EU Member States on effective and efficient ways to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes type-2 that needs to be better used.

CHRODIS PLUS JA is a three-year initiative (2017-2020) funded by the European Commission and by participating organizations that during its 39 months of operation, is contributing to the reduction of this burden by supporting Member States through the implementation of cross-national initiatives that were identified and demonstrated successful in the previous Joint Action (JA-CHRODIS, 2014-2017) while assuring health systems, sustainability and responsiveness.

Altogether, in this JA 16 policy dialogues and 21 implementation projects around Europe are taking place:

The policy dialogues (14 at the national level, and two at the EU level) increase awareness and acceptance in decision-makers in regards to improved actions for combatting chronic diseases.

The pilot projects focus on the following areas: Health Promotion & Primary Prevention, an Integrated Multimorbidity Care Model, Fostering Quality Care for People with Chronic Diseases, ICT-based Patient Empowerment, and Employment & Chronic Diseases.

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