The health model "has to be opened to an active patient who, in the development of his abilities, assumes the responsibility and leadership of his own process", he has defended. The minister insisted that "the participation of citizens in the decisions and care of their individual health and the health system itself are essential."

Health, Consumption and Social WelfareAs he recalled, longevity and chronic diseases have modified people's experience as patients.

Thus, the Chronicity Approach Strategy highlights the need to reorient the model towards health promotion and disease prevention, the improvement of integrated care and the training of patients to promote their autonomy and self-care

In this sense, in addition to the Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies and of Approach of the Chronicity, the minister has highlighted the coordination from the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare of the project of Health School Network for citizens.

The objective is to provide patients, family members and caregivers with a source of information and training tools, to improve knowledge and acquisition of skills of the population in care and self-care, in health promotion and disease prevention, as well as those necessary for the attention of chronic diseases.

Maria Luisa Carcedo at the closing ceremony of the VII Day We Are PatientsHealth, Consumption and Social WelfareCarcedo also considers "very important" participation in health policies of patient associations, "as representatives of the voice and rights of patients." As justified, this implication "allows more consistent and lasting policies to be generated".

The minister has also highlighted the progress made in the participation of patients in making decisions about SNS services. "With their knowledge, perspective and experience they provide a differential view of the objectives of the evaluation and add value to decision making."

Finally, Carcedo has defended the "cross-cutting challenge" of humanizing the health system, to "reorient the system with people as the center." As he explained, humanizing clinical-care relationships consists in offering comprehensive care focused on people, patients, their families and professionals. "The patient is the raison d'être of the health system, and should be treated as a human being and not as a disease."

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