2017 European Kidney Forum: Patient Choice of Treatment
Hosted by the MEP Group for Kidney Health, the European Kidney Forum 2017 took place on the 11th of April at the EU Thon Hotel in Brussels.
The theme of the Forum was “Patient Choice of Treatment”, with the aim of debating how to bring about a shift from ‘patient compliance’ to ‘treatment compliance’ whereby treatment is adapted to the needs and lifestyle of the patient, rather than the reverse.
EKHA has carried out a multi-country survey to build a Snapshot of Renal Patient Choice in Europe to explore the issue in the context of sustainability of kidney care, economic impact on health systems, and outcomes impact on the patient and his or her quality of life. The results of this survey were presented at the Forum, along with a call to action asking Policy Makers to address any inequalities of access to choice of treatment for patients in the EU.
The event was the occasion to debate the importance of patient-centred decision-making, the health economic factors behind treatment choice; and discuss how to address health inequalities across Europe and improve access to care.
The summary report of the event is available here.