CCP has recently joined the European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA), a pilot initiative launched by the European Commission to foster innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing.
The concept of European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) is a new approach to EU research and innovation. It brings together all relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels across different policy areas to handle with specific societal challenges, and involves all the innovation chain levels, including many major Italian regions, like Lombardy Region itself. The EIP in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing was the first EIP created in 2011.
CCP became a member of the Action Group A2, related to Fall Prevention.
The main objective of the Action Group A2 is to reduce the falls by ensuring that the new technologies to monitor falls enter markets faster, connecting research to innovation and strengthening procurement processes. The Group also supports the set-up of regional programmes for early diagnosis and the prevention of falls. The current Action Group brings together over 100 organizations representing 68 multi-stakeholder commitments from regional and national administrations, local authorities, research centers, academia, SMES and large industry, advocacy organizations from across the EU.
CCP presented a commitment related to the prevention of secondary injurious falls. The aim of the current work we are performing is to develop a program for primary falls prevention and to evaluate it for secondary falls prevention. The work is articulated into three phases. In the first phase, programs and practices in falls prevention are being collected and systematized in an easy-to-use repository. In the next phase, the efficacy of the repository for secondary falls prevention will be evaluated by longitudinally recording falls in a population of patients with sever motor impairment and were admitted to a rehabilitation hospital because of it. In the third phase it will be evaluated a Fall Risk Index, comparing the data from the evaluations with the evidence based falls database.