Patient-centred approaches to Long COVID
March 2 @ 11:00 - 12:15
In the WHO European Region, it is estimated that at least 17 million individuals may have experienced long COVID in 2020 and 2021. Long COVID is characterised by the persistence of COVID-19 symptoms beyond 3 months and is causing both personal suffering and significant burden on health systems and the economy. This webinar aims to shed light on patient-centred approaches for addressing long COVID in the EU.
A range of cardiopulmonary symptoms and cardiovascular abnormalities have been identified in long COVID patients. However, these vary from patients to patients and are not always predictable, which highlights the need for early diagnosis and person-centred approaches and care models.
To help identify COVID-19 patients at risk of developing cardiovascular complications, the EU Horizon Europe work programme 2021 – 2022 has provided funding to COVIRNA, a research project focused on developing a diagnostic test to improve individualised surveillance, care and follow-up of COVID-19 patients. This webinar will present the burden of long COVID for patients and health systems in Europe, discuss how to make long COVID care more patient-centric, and highlight how innovative solutions such as the COVIRNA toolkit can be integrated into existing care pathways. It will bring together experts from the medical and public health field, as well as representatives of patient organisations.