EASPD, together with the other partners of the PATHWAYS Consortium, presented the Recommendations for integration and reintegration of persons with chronic diseases in the labour market. The document was presented during the final conference of the project on March 20th, 2018, at the European Parliament.
PATHWAYS (Participation to Healthy Workplaces and Inclusive Strategies in the Work Sector) is an international project funded by the EU Health Programme. In the course of 3 years, the consortium, led by Foundation IRCCS Neurological Institute Carlo Besta, has conducted four studies aimed at:
- Mapping available professional integration and reintegration strategies for people with chronic diseases in Europe (led by EASPD)
- Evaluating the effectiveness of existing integration and reintegration into work strategies (led by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)
- Assessing the needs of persons with chronic diseases (led by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
- Proposing strategies to fill the gaps for implementation of existing entering and return to work strategies (led by University of Thessaly)
The Recommendations were developed based on the outcomes of all these studies as well as the perspective of national and European stakeholders.
The final conference in the Parliament was hosted by MEP Stefano Maullu and welcomed stakeholders from health, disability and employment sectors.
The discussion panel, composed of:
- Katie Gallagher of the European Patient Forum
- Fred Destrebeq of the European Brain Council
- Donna Walsh of the European Federation of Neurological Associations
- Antonio Sarria, of the JA CHRODIS Plus
- Pietro Barbieri, of CESE - European Economic and Social Committee
welcomed the results of the PATHAYS project and highlighted the importance of strategies for greater inclusion of people with chronic diseases in employment.
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