Dr. Josep Vergés: “The patient must advance from complaint to active participation”

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Dr. Josep Vergés: “The patient must advance from complaint to active participation”

On Saturday, September 2, the President of the International Osteoarthritis Foundation (OAFI), Dr. Josep Vergés, participated in the Second National Symposium of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis of Colombia held at the Great Compensar Auditorium in Bogotá.

Empowered Patients

In front an audience of about one thousand people, Dr. Vergés presented one of the star projects of the foundation: the training of empowered patients with arthrosis to get a real knowledge about their pathology and the necessary information on both pharmacological and style treatments of life and prevention. With the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of patients.

“The patient mustadvance from complaint to active participation,” explained Dr. Josep Vergés, “The patient’s positive and participatory attitude is the first step to overcome the disease, to learn to live with it without it becoming a tragedy personal”.

According to Vergés, the patients with osteoarthritis are uninformed “both about pharmacological treatments and non-pharmacological measures to improve their condition.”

The president of OAFI shared a scenario with the sexologist Flavia Dos Santos, who gave a lecture about how rheumatic diseases affect people’s sexual lives.

About the symposium

The second National Symposium on Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis is organized by Dr. Pedro Santos and his team within an integral rheumatic patient model  with the Center for Comprehensive Care in Rheumatoid Arthritis of Colombia (Biomab IPS) and the Gest-Art Patient Program. The event is especially aimed at patients and caregivers, in order to promote healthy lifestyles and empower them towards a positive life project.

The presence of OAFI in this symposium consolidates the internationalization of the foundation that is increasingly present in different countries of the world. An internationalization that will be reflected in the 1st International Congress for Patients of Osteoarthritis organized by OAFI the next 9 and 10 of October in the Auditorium of Cosmocaixa, in Barcelona that will be represented diverse associations and foundations of rheumatic patients of more than twenty countries (here you will find more information about the congress)