Barcelona, world capital of osteoarthritis patients

Barcelona, capital mundial de los pacientes de artrosis
  • The OAFI Foundation has organized the 1st International Congress of Patients of Osteoarthritis at CosmoCaixa
  • More than 150 million patients were represented by the most important international rheumatological disease patient associations

Barcelona, capital mundial de los pacientes de artrosis

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On 9 and 10 October, the International Osteoarthritis Foundation (OAFI) organized the 1st International Congress of  Osteoarthritis Patients at Cosmocaixa Barcelona with the collaboration of the Fundación Bancaria Obra Social “La Caixa”. During these two days, Barcelona became the world capital of osteoarthritis with patients as protagonists.

The meeting was attended by the director of quality and innovation of the Ministry of Health, Paloma Casado, the representative of the Directorate General of Health Planning of the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya, María Pueyo, the director of the program for the elderly of the Fundación Bancaria Obra Social “la Caixa”, Cristina Segura and the president of the OAFI Foundation, Dr. Josep Vergés.

El periodista especializado en salud Ricardo AparIcio y el Dr. Josep Vergés durante el congreso

health JOURNALIST Ricardo AparIcio and Dr. Josep Vergés AT the congress

“In OAFI we believe that the osteoarthrities patient must be given a leading role,” explains Dr. Josep Vergés. “For the first time in history, a congress will be held to deal exclusively with this pathology from the patients’ point of view. On may occasions, osteoarthritis is associated with the ailments of age and patients feel alone and misunderstood. However, it is a painful pathology that directly affects the mobility and autonomy of the person who suffers from it, with the psychological wear and tear that this entails. Moreover, it is linked to other co-morbidity problems such as hypertension or cardiovascular diseases, among others, and is considered a serious illness. “

The aim of the congress was to raise the profile of osteoarthritis, a disease that is often underestimated, to learn about the health demands of its patients and make them known to the public and health authorities, and to promote research and innovation in this disease.

Patient associations from all over the world, from the Arthritis Foundation (USA), the PanAmerican League of Rheumatology Associations (PANL), the European League Against Rheumatic Diseases (EULAR), the Spanish Rheumatology League (LIRE), the Spanish Association of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (AECOSAR) and the Arthrose Foundation (Belgium), participated on behalf of more than 150 million patients.

Mesa redonda sobre la percepción y la calidad de vida del paciente con Ann  Palmer (Arthritis Foundation), Dieter Weik (PARE-EULAR), Josep Vergés (OAFI), Maritza Quintero (PANLAR) y Benito Martos (LIRE)

ROUND TABLE ON THE Patient’S perception and quality of life with Ann Palmer (Arthritis Foundation), Dieter Weik (PARE-EULAR), Josep Vergés (OAFI), Maritza Quintero (PANLAR) and Benito Martos (LIRE)

The 1st International Congress of Osteoarthritis Patients was also a meeting point for patients, public administrations, medical and scientific societies, research and development centers and other entities linked to promoting recognition of the pathology.

During the congress, social activities, round tables and conferences were held, highlighting the challenge posed by osteoarthritis for the future of society, the quality of life of patients with osteoarthritis, the pathology in the female population and in athletes, the empowered doctor-patient relationship, the role of the patient in R&D&I and in the regulation of medicines, among other topics.

Mesa redonda sobre mujer ya artrosis con las epecialistas en reumatología, la Dra. Ingrid Möller y la Dra. Montse Romera y las pacientes y voluntarias de OAFI Maria Josep Sans y Montse Mechó

Round table on women and osteoarthritis with rheumatology specialists, Dr. Ingrid Möller and Dr. Montse Romera and OAFI patients and volunteers Maria Josep Sans and Montse Mechó

La mesa redonda "El papel del paciente en la I+D+I y la regulación de los medicamentos" contó con la participación de Enric Banda (Barcelona SuperComputing Center), Fernando García Alonso (grupo Ferrer), Xavier Carné (CEIc Hospital Clínic Barcelona), moderada por Ricardo Aparicio

     roundtable “The role of the patient in R&D&I and the regulation of medicines” with the participation of Enric Banda (Barcelona SuperComputing Center), Fernando García Alonso (Ferrer group), Xavier Carné (CEIc Hospital Clínic Barcelona ), moderated by Ricardo Aparicio

La relación médico-paciente empoderado en el siglo XXI, mesa redonda moderada por Dr. Antonio García (Instituto Teófilo Hernando) con el Dr. José Luis Llisterri (SEMERGEN), el Dr. Jose Vicente Moreno (SER) y el Dr. Jordi Ardèvol (SETRADE)

The empowered doctor-patient relationship in the 21st century, round table moderated by Dr. Antonio García (Instituto Teófilo Hernando) with Dr. José Luis Llisterri (SEMERGEN), Dr. Jose Vicente Moreno (SER) and Dr. Jordi Ardèvol (SETRADE)
La mesa sobre artrosis y deporte en la que participaron el Dr. José María Villalón (Club Atlético de Madid) y el Dr. Gil Rodas de l Barça Innovation Hub; y los exatletas Jesús García Bragado y Manel González
ROUND table on OSTEOARTHRITIS and sport WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF Dr. José María Villalón (Club Alético de Madrid) and Dr. Gil Rodas FROM Barça Innovation Hub; and THE EX-athletes Jesús García Bragado and Manel González
Iniciación a la marcha nórdica durante el congreso 
Initiation to Nordic WALKING during the congress

During the congress, the agreement  between FC Barcelona and the OAFI Foundation to work on joint projects in the field of osteoarthritis in sport was presented. In parallel to the conGRESS, the scientific representatives of these associations held the annual meeting of the OA Task Force focused on improving the quality of life of osteoarthritis patients. This group is currently working on a worldwide survey on the quality of life ofo patients, to be carried out first in seven countries (USA, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Italy) and on an observational study on the relationship between knee osteoarthritis and osteoarthritis.

The Congress coincided with the week of World Rheumatic Diseases Day (12 October), a group of pathologies including osteoarthritis.

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