Details for: Expert Patients


Country Spain
ProjectnameExpert Patients
Projectname (nationale language)Paciente Experto
  • Fundación Educación, Salud y Sociedad
  • Consejería de Sanidad de la Región de murcia
Type of organisationprivate
Relevance of the modelEvidence-based, established model on health promotion for older people
  • Educationally disadvantaged older people
  • Frail older people
  • Old aged
  • Old people suffering from dementia
  • Older men
  • Older women
  • Local community
  • Neighbourhood
Funded by
  • Consejería de Sanidad de la Región de Murcia
Short summaryAimed at people with chronic diseases, the program aims, through teaching and self-help groups, to empower people with such diseases in self management of their own health, to provide guidance for care-givers and improve the well being of both of them.
Main objectives
  • To help people with chronic diseases to improve their well-being through empowerment and self-management of their health.
Main activities
  • Teaching and self help groups last for six weeks. After that self help groups continue to offer support.
Description of evaluationPrevious evaluation in the US and the UK suggests the effectiveness of the model.
Main results
  • High consumer satisfaction through real improvements in capabilities and skills for self-management of their health.
  • Improvement in the participants´ well being and that of their relatives.
Promoting mental health
  • emotional support
Social participation and inclusion
  • self-help groups
  • social support, networks
  • volunteering
  • disease prevention
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • safety (e.g. prevention of falls, accidents, injuries)
  • substance abuse (e.g. smoking, alcohol, drugs)
More information on inclusion criteria
3. Multi-faceted, holisticWHO multi-faceted approach of health and health promotion and intervention.
4. Sustainability 
6. Model involves visible and invisible target groupsThe project looks to involve invisible groups in its interventions.
7. Diversity 
8. Geographical and physical accessibilityDue to the chronic conditions of the participants, the places for teaching are highly accesible.
9. Well-grounded theoretical approachDue to the chronic conditions of the participants, the places for teaching are highly accesible.Stanford University developed this programme and has enhanced the theoretical approach over a number of years.
11. Cost effectivenessHigh effectiveness with low investment. Only a venue and two teachers are required for each course.
12. EmpowermentThe projects shows effectiveness in the improvements of self-management of health and daily living
13. TransferabilityOngoing in several countries
14. Consumer satisfactionPersonal feedback show high consumer satisfaction, as well as that suggested by the evaluation.


Background Information on Database

The aim of the second phase of the healthPROelderly project was to collect models of good practice in the area of health promotion for older people. One of the main activities in this project phase was to elicit criteria by which to choose such models in each of the participating countries. The exclusion criteria and inclusion criteria were elicited by all project partners on the basis of the literature overview of health promotion for older people carried out in the first project phase. Project partners searched for models in their countries by: 1) using the literature databases they had compiled; 2) by using health promotion databases and other information available on internet and 3) by consulting their national boards and other experts.

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