Over 750 delegates from 50 countries participated in the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC18) in Utrecht May 23 -25 2018, and a further 2,000 people joined via live webstream.
ADVANTAGE JA partnered with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) for their ‘coming of age’ 18th conference, co-hosted by Dutch partners Vilans, Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care in the Netherlands, and RIVM, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. IFIC Scotland and ADVANTAGE JA positioned frailty as a golden thread woven through the three days under the theme of integrated care for vulnerable and at risk populations.
Five workshops on frailty addressed key elements of the frailty pathway from prevention, diagnosis, clinical management, models of care and developing the workforce. These sessions created a platform to highlight the aims and key messages of the JA alongside informative and engaging presentations and poster pitches. Overall 37 presenters shared their knowledge and experience of a wide range of research and innovation on older people and frailty across the globe. It was very reassuring to observe the resonance with our State of the Art recommendations – and wonderful to hear details of some good practice examples highlighted in our recent survey of Member States.
Food for thought came from Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Bosnia Herzegovnia. All three engaging presentations highlighted the valuable contribution that older people make to society as peer mentors or volunteers, and the power of psychosocial interventions to prevent and manage frailty. This followed an inspiring presentation in the opening plenary from Dr Machteld Huber, Institute for Positive Health (iPH). The compelling evidence for the power of positive health, enablement and self management has implications for how we conceptualise frailty. Perhaps it is time to shift the narrative on frailty from the language of deficits towards a more hopeful vision of positive ageing and wellbeing?
Whatever the narrative, and whatever the language, throughout the five sessions the sustained buzz in the room reflected a vibrant shared passion for frailty. And it goes on…. more than 50 delegates have signed up to get involved in the Special Interest Group on Frailty that IFIC Scotland will take forward in collaboration with ADVANTAGE JA, building on our Integrated Care Matters webinars.
If you missed them, presentations and topic resources are at https://integratedcarefoundation.org/events/webinar-series-integrated-care-matters-series-2-2