II Int. Patient Empowerment Congress, Warsaw: THE WELL INFORMED PATIENT. WHY KNOWLEDGE MATTERS.

Janssen partnered the Second International Congress of Patient Empowerment to begin discussion surrounding importance of knowledge and support in illness. The panel discussion, Knowledge, partnership, understanding. How to professionalise patients’ competences on the individual and systemic levels? How to establish cooperation locally and in Central and Eastern Europe? took place on April 9, 2018 in Warsaw.

The debate commenced with the introduction speech given by VLATKA RADIĆ (Patient Engagement & Advocacy Lead in Central & Eastern Europe, Janssen), who highlighted the importance of knowledge for better management of disease. Next, the representatives of patients’ organisations from the CEE region including Wojciech Wiśniewski, Spokesperson, Oncological Foundation Alivia (Poland), Mira Armour, MijelomCRO (Croatia), Jana Pelouchova, Diagnóza leukemie (Czechia), underlined the vital importance of knowledge and support in illness. A well-educated patient is able to better cooperate with the doctor, follows the guidelines more diligently and thus copes better with the illness. The panel discussion was summed up by Marek Posobkiewicz, minister and Chief Sanitary Inspector.

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