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Shaping Policy on Chronic Diseases through National Policy Dialogs in CHRODIS PLUS

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EuroHealthNet, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Instituto de Salud Carlos III–“Carlos III” Institute for Health, 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS), Government of Catalonia, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Institute of Public Health in Ireland, D08 NH90 Dublin, Ireland
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Directorate-General of Health of Portugal, 1049-005 Lisbon, Portugal
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School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TZ, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7113; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197113
Received: 31 July 2020 / Revised: 22 September 2020 / Accepted: 23 September 2020 / Published: 28 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Population Health and Health Services)
Policy dialogs are deliberative dialogue that gather policy makers and relevant stakeholders from across disciplines to discuss a topic of mutual interest. They typically serve as a single element in a broader policymaking cycle, either informing the content of new policy or forming a component of policy evaluation and review. In the joint action CHRODIS PLUS, national policy dialogs were conducted in fourteen EU Member States. The aim of the dialogs was to identify new policies or changes to existing policies and legislation that are capable of tackling major risk factors for chronic disease, to strengthen health promotion and prevention programs and to ensure health systems are equipped to respond to priority issues within the chronic diseases field. In this paper, we present the CHRODIS PLUS policy dialog methodology, as well as results and lessons learnt from three national policy dialogs held in Ireland, Portugal and Spain. After discussion of the results, we conclude that the CHRODIS PLUS methodology is an effective mechanism to provoke deliberative discussion around chronic disease prevention and management in different countries. However, it is essential to ensure adequate human and financial resources—as well as political commitment—to accomplish objectives set out during the policy dialogs. We argue that priority-setting across sectors can improve the resilience of health systems and opportunities for investment in Health in All Policies (HiAP), both at European Union and Member State levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: policy; chronic diseases; deliberative dialog; complexity; health systems; public health; stakeholder engagement; policymaking; innovation; prevention; health promotion; health in all policies policy; chronic diseases; deliberative dialog; complexity; health systems; public health; stakeholder engagement; policymaking; innovation; prevention; health promotion; health in all policies
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Sienkiewicz, D.; Maassen, A.; Imaz-Iglesia, I.; Poses-Ferrer, E.; McAvoy, H.; Horgan, R.; Arriaga, M.T.d.; Barnfield, A. Shaping Policy on Chronic Diseases through National Policy Dialogs in CHRODIS PLUS. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7113. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197113

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Sienkiewicz D, Maassen A, Imaz-Iglesia I, Poses-Ferrer E, McAvoy H, Horgan R, Arriaga MTd, Barnfield A. Shaping Policy on Chronic Diseases through National Policy Dialogs in CHRODIS PLUS. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7113. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197113

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Sienkiewicz, Dorota, Alison Maassen, Iñaki Imaz-Iglesia, Elisa Poses-Ferrer, Helen McAvoy, Rita Horgan, Miguel Telo de Arriaga, and Andrew Barnfield. 2020. "Shaping Policy on Chronic Diseases through National Policy Dialogs in CHRODIS PLUS" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 19: 7113. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197113

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