PArticipation To Healthy Workplaces And inclusive Strategies in the Work Sector – PATHWAYS

Individuals with chronic diseases and mental disorders often experience work-related problems, such as unemployment, absenteeism, reduced productivity and stigmatization in the workplace, leading to negative consequences at individual, national and European levels. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases and mental disorders as well as the current economic crisis make this issue even more problematic and require actions in terms of innovative strategies to improve the participation of these persons in the labour market. However, this is hindered by a lack of knowledge of which strategies are available in the different European countries and their effectiveness, and a lack of clarity regarding the employment-related needs of these individuals, leading to gaps between what is offered and what is needed. To fill this lack of knowledge and clarity, and to bridge this gap between need and effective
strategies, a 2-year EU Horizon 2020 project called PATHWAYS was kicked off in May 2015.

PATHWAYS aims a) to identify integration and re-integration strategies that are available in Europe and beyond, b) to determine their effectiveness, c) to assess the specific employment-related needs of persons with chronic diseases and mental disorders and d) to develop guidelines supporting the implementation of effective professional integration and reintegration strategies. The framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) will guide the efforts to reach these aims.

Involvement of 12 partners (see below) with vast expertise in the area of chronic and mental conditions and employment from 10 different European countries allows to compare strategies between different European regions, taking into account cultural, social and political differences. Stakeholder consultations, including advocacy organizations, employers, policy makers, international organizations, and European Union delegates, will provide useful insights to the development and implementation of policy recommendations to improve their integration or reintegration into the workplace. In this way, PATHWAYS will provide the first steps to work towards a more inclusive labour market in which persons with chronic diseases and mental disorders can meaningfully participate.

Partners of the consortiums are:

  • Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neuologico "Carlo Besta" (Milano, Italy) (Coordinator)
  • Chair for Public Health and Health Services Research at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) (Munich, Germany)
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
  • Parc Sanitar Sant Joan de Déu (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Panepistimio Thessalias (Volos, Greece)
  • University Rehabilitation Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Vseobecna Fakultni Nemocnice (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (Krakau, Poland)
  • Hogskolen i Oslo og Akershus (Oslo, Norway)
  • European Association of Services Providers for Persons with Disabilities AISBL (Brussel, Belgium)
  • Gaital-Klinik (Klagenfurt, Austria)
  • Fachhochschule Kärnten (Spittal an der Drau, Austria)

For more information, please contact Dr. Carla Sabariego (Principal investigator) or Dr. Michaela Coenen .

Model Disability Survey (MDS)

Model Disab Survey
The motivation for the Model Disability Survey project of the World Health Organisation and the World Bank arose from the recognition, clearly enunciated in the 2012 joint Report on Disability, that there is a worldwide need to collect comprehensive, comparable and relevant disability information that countries can use with confidence. In addition, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities mandates that ratifying States Parties "collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the present Convention".

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MARATONE (Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe)

Maratone

MARATONE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project that directly addresses the need for high-level training and career pathways in mental health to increase the inter-sectorial and trans-national employability of young scientists in the academic, public and private sectors to meet the enormous challenge of the 2009 EU Parliament Resolution on Mental Health. The Resolution set out recommendations for a comprehensive and integrated mental health strategy for Europe. MARATONE is designed to address the biggest challenge to implementing this ambitious strategy: the lack of training for career pathways for young scientists in multidisciplinary mental health research.

MARATONE is built on the innovative theoretical premise of "horizontal epidemiology", the view that psychosocial difficulties associated with mental health disorders are not exclusively determined by the diagnosis of the particular disorder in a vertical, silo-like pattern but 'horizontally' in a manner that reflects commonalities in the lived experience of people with diverse mental health problems.

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ICF Implementation in Romania

Swiss Romanian Cooperation Programme logo
Motivation Romania Foundation (MRF) in partnership with Swiss Paraplegic Research of Switzerland (SPF) started the project "Look at Abilities, Forget Incapacity" – Implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in social inclusion services for Romanian wheelchair users." The project will be carried out from May 2013 until May 2015.

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PARADISE project

 

PARADISE is a coordinated action project funded by the European Union (EU) under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It is composed of 10 partners across Europe and is coordinated by the Research Unit for Biopsychosocial Health at the department Public Health and Health Care Research at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. The objective of the PARADISE project is to develop and test an innovative approach to collecting clinical data on the psychosocial difficulties that people experience when they suffer from brain disorders.

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