Patients take universal health coverage into their own hands

150 patients’ advocates from 48 countries are meeting in London to discuss how innovation can help achieve universal, patient-centred and sustainable access to healthcare around the world.

Patients’ groups, academics and health organisations will meet at the 7th Global Patients Congress, from 9-11 April, to share innovative best practice, research and to highlight specific examples of how to improve healthcare access across countries and contexts. Topics will include new approaches to community mobilisation, health professional-led innovation in disaster and conflict areas, strengthening health systems and patient involvement in drug development.

The adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals has pushed universal health coverage (UHC) – where all people receive the health services they need, without suffering financial hardship when paying for them – to the front of the health agenda. Every UN member state has agreed to ‘ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all’ by 2030, which gives patients the timescale and the means to hold them to account. Many patients are taking the challenge of universal health coverage into their own hands by sharing new ideas which already improve healthcare in their communities.

Innovative approaches are improving patient experience, choice of treatment options and outcomes across the world. New examples are constantly surfacing: virtual patient communities now provide greater access to information and peer support, crowd-funding helps patients pay for the research they want to see, and social media helps to normalise different conditions and reduce stigma. These developments are changing the face of healthcare. Patients are more informed, more involved, and more engaged in working collaboratively with others to change health systems for good.

Jolanta Bilińska, Chair of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, said:

‘History will judge governments against whether universal health coverage is achieved by 2030, but the responsibility lies with everyone involved in healthcare, including patients. Patients have an ethical and moral right to be involved in all decisions about their care, and bring new ideas which can’t be replicated by any other group. Patients are already changing healthcare with innovative approaches. Decision-makers at every level must do everything possible to listen to and embrace the patient voice.’

The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations will host the 7th Global Patients Congress in London, 9-11 April. Patients and patients’ groups will share further examples of patient-led innovation in healthcare throughout the event. Find out more at www.iapo.org.uk/GPC2016

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LUPUS EUROPE

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Shortages of medicine create #anxiety that can be long-lasting. Even when supply is re-established, the fear remains, according to our last study.

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is the cornerstone in #SLE management. Therefore, the shortage due to the covid-19 pandemic deeply affected patients. That is why, in the middle of the shortage, we conducted a survey to quantify this access gap and the anxiety it caused in SLE patients.

The analysis of the answers given by 2,422 SLE patients showed that 48.3% of them could not obtain HCQ in their usual pharmacy, and an average level of 6.45 on a Likert scale of 0 - 10 was registered on the question ‘How anxious are you about not being able to have access to HCQ?’.

Furthermore, we conducted a follow-up survey that showed the following:
1️⃣ Only 13.5% of respondents had access issues, which confirmed restored access.
2️⃣ Anxiety significantly reduced to an average of 4.15 out of 10, being 10 ‘extreme anxiety’.

In November 2021, 18 months after supply was restored, a third follow-up survey was conducted to re-evaluate patients' experience & state of mind as well as to objectify emerging signals of new shortages in Poland.

This study highlights that establishing an effective communication system is necessary to reassure patients when short-term shortages are taking place and is key to avoiding fast-spreading anxiety relating to this concern.

How did hydroxychloroquine affect you?
Did you feel anxiety during that period?
Did your physician warn you about the shortage and advised you on what to do?

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During the early phases of the pandemic in 2020, hydroxychloroquine was largely used for #COVID19; this affected #lupus patients. 

Shortages of medicine create #anxiety that can be long-lasting. Even when supply is re-established, the fear remains, according to our last study. 

Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is the cornerstone in #SLE management. Therefore, the shortage due to the covid-19 pandemic deeply affected patients. That is why, in the middle of the shortage, we conducted a survey to quantify this access gap and the anxiety it caused in SLE patients.

The analysis of the answers given by 2,422 SLE patients showed that 48.3% of them could not obtain HCQ in their usual pharmacy, and an average level of 6.45 on a Likert scale of 0 - 10 was registered on the question ‘How anxious are you about not being able to have access to HCQ?’.

Furthermore, we conducted a follow-up survey that showed the following:
1️⃣ Only 13.5% of respondents had access issues, which confirmed restored access.
2️⃣ Anxiety significantly reduced to an average of 4.15 out of 10, being 10 ‘extreme anxiety’.

In November 2021, 18 months after supply was restored, a third follow-up survey was conducted to re-evaluate patients experience & state of mind as well as to objectify emerging signals of new shortages in Poland. 

This study highlights that establishing an effective communication system is necessary to reassure patients when short-term shortages are taking place and is key to avoiding fast-spreading anxiety relating to this concern. 

How did hydroxychloroquine affect you? 
Did you feel anxiety during that period?
Did your physician warn you about the shortage and advised you on what to do?

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Our Chair, Jeanette Andersen, is the jury leader for the #EULARStenePrize 2023!  

The Stene Prize competition is coordinated by PARE and the prize will be awarded at the Opening Plenary Session of the EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology.

The theme this year is “How better communication with my doctor improved my life with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD)”.

Learn more about this competition:

https://www.eular.org/pare-stene-prize
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