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Together with the Medical Faculty of the University of Iasi, SOAZ initiated a research project to analyse the attitudes and images medical doctors have of each others work, especially general practitioners and hospital specialists, in Romania. International studies indicate that a better understanding of each others work contributes to improve quality of care.

PALIATIA vol 11, nr 3 of 2018 has been published, with news and articles on technical innovations as well as ambitions in palliative care. See http://www.paliatia.eu/new/

SOAZ supports the publication of a new journal: Romanian Journal of Family Medicine, to stimulate primary health care in Romania and to contribute to quality of care. See: https://revmedfam.ro/engleza/

SOAZ started to support a research project on Healthy Ageing. Most data are collected now. This year the first publication may be expected.

An  invitational conference on ‘Leadership Mentoring in Nursing Research’ on 19 January 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands demonstrated the importance of investments in evidence-based nursing.

Two scientific articles are published with support of SOAZ RACE: 'How to Prevent Preventable Death?' in SM Prev Med Public Health. 2017; 1(1): 1004 and 'Do Changes in Welfare and Health Policy Affect Life Satisfaction of Older Citizens in Europe?' in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research (2017), https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7574040

Beginning this year SOAZRACE started a new research project on well-being in old age, analysing data from 31 European countries. Especially, the impact of changes in national policy measures on welfare and health, related to the economic crisis, on life satisfaction of older citizens was subject of the study. The project was executed in cooperation with Prof. Ioana Dana Alexa from the University of Iasi, Romania. The manuscript of the study is accepted for publication in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research.

Preventable death is – despite many programmes on preventive health interventions – a major issue in Europe. In 2013 in EU countries over 1.2 million people died from illnesses and injuries that might have been avoided through more effective public health and prevention policies or more timely and effective health care. At the same time, research shows that preventive intervention programmes, special directed on changes in lifestyle or environmental conditions (smoking, alcohol consumption, environmental pollution) are cost-effective and cost-saving. What (inter)national policy is needed to prevent preventable death? The board of SOAZRACE has decided to develop a study to answer this question.

The chairman of SOAZ has been invited to participate in the 5th World Annual Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology (4-6 December 2017) Fukuoka, Japan. The theme of the congress is "Moving towards the era of healthy aging". He will present a paper on well-being of older citizens in an aging society.

The first Board-meeting of SOAZ in 2018 was held in The Hague. The financial data over 2017 were approved by the Board and the Board agreed on the budget for 2018. The Board was happy to learn that recent publication supported by SOAZ are received well. The Board proposed various new research topics which may be executes in the next years, depending from co-funding.

SOAZ has been invited to participate in an EU call on promoting human rights and social diversities in Europe. Proposals have to be sent in end of March. Together with colleagues from Austria, Croatia, and Hungary we will see or it will be ‘different or indifferent?’

JAMDA published the manuscript – prepared by SOAZ – as soon as possible because it was considered as an excellent and important study by the Editorial team. Judge yourself; read How Important Are Health Care Expenditures for Life Expectancy? A Comparative, European Analysis http://www.jamda.com/article/S1525-8610(16)30559-X/abstract

SOAZ started a new project, i.e. an European study on health care outcomes. The objective is to analyse which investments in healthcare and healthcare programmes are effective to contribute to life expectancy and to reduce mortality. The outcomes of this study will be published through articles in international, scientific journals.

Board members of SOAZRACE were invited in Bucharest to discuss the possibilities to extend the pilot study on care problems in Romania. The ministry of health would be interested to develop protocols to prevent such care problems. The realisation of the project will depend from grants which may become available.

A validation study on the predictive value of the Groningen Frailty Indicator on care utlization of community-living old Romanians is accepted for publication in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research and is In July 2016 available on line(see http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cggr/aip/6851768/ ). This study was realised with support of SOAZ/RACE.

SOAZ/RACE has become partner in an international consortium, which intends to stimulate the use of ICT in care for the elderly. It is believed that ICT – when designed and tested properly – could stimulate to maintain independency and quality of life when growing older as well as might contribute to more effective and efficient care provisions. Further actions will depend from international funding of the consortium.

In cooperation with University Titu Maiorescu and with the College of Physicians in Braila district, SOAZ has contributed to a predictive validity study on frailty in elderly. The first analysis shows a modest predictive validity. The results have been published.