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Posted on 03/04/2014
An issue of paramount importance to patients with a chronic disease is managing their condition in their daily life. This is particularly so when it involves self-injection. More than 200 nurses attended a symposium on the subject organized by Connecting Nurses at the February 14 annual meeting of the French Association for the development of therapeutic education (AFDET) to discuss future of self-injection and promote dialogue between nurses and patients.
Self-injected medications require patients to inject themselves as part of their daily life, sometimes several times a day. This pratice allows them to be autonomous in managing their disease, especially when they are far from the medical world and the support of healthcare professionals. But it can also be painful. Patient comfort was the central subject of a symposium on "Self-injection: from the patient experience to the patient partner, building innovation together," organized by Connecting Nurses at the recent AFDET Congress.
The meeting’s goal was to foster discussion between the scientific and medical community regarding everyday life conditions for patients and their families. Participating nursing professionals heard from patients and nurses about current practices, patient expectations and the importance of education and innovation in reinforcing patient empowerment.
Antoine Pau, a leading investor in new health technologies, underlined the importance of innovation in his presentation, "In 10 years, we would no more have needles," signaling significant transformation in coming years. Technological innovations already possible today to improve the comfort of patients include vaccinations via micro needles that significantly diminish the pain and facilitate immunization.
Connecting Nurses was developed to enhance professional nursing practices and reinforce the fundamental role of nurses in healthcare delivery. In September, Sanofi teams and Connecting Nurses launched an international working group of five patients and six nurses to stimulate discussion and exchanges between the two communities: sharing experiences on self-injection, physical barriers and appropriate psychological responses, the role of nurses, treatment adherence and monitoring. Several solutions have emerged from these exchanges as well as a shared conclusion of the need to enable patients to master self-injection with confidence and to build a stronger educational relationship between health personnel and patients. The initial solutions have already been integrated into practices and exchanges are continuing between focus group members.