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The G-BA Innovation Committee recommends transfer to standard care for another two projects in Germany
On January 25, 2023, the Innovation Committee at the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) published the decisions, recommending the transfer to standard care for another two completed projects. The projects relate to the improvement of the management of peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAD) patients and the aftercare of pediatric patients suffering from chronic pain.
The “PAD-TeGeCoach – Peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAD): Health coaching and telemetrically supported walking training to improve quality of life” tested a coaching program to increase the health competence and physical activity of patients. Among other things, the individual daily walking distance was recorded using an activity tracker (fitness bracelet). Health coaches used the transmitted data to advise the patients on the clinical picture and supervised them during their walking training. From the point of view of the Innovation Committee, the tried-and-tested approach, which combines structured walking training, telemedicine, telerehabilitation, and digital health applications (DiGA), is promising for PAD patients.
The “SCHMERZ-NETZ - Children's pain therapy networked: Socio-medical aftercare for severe chronic pediatric pain patients” project developed an intensified and individualized socio-medical aftercare program: After the pain therapy in the hospital, the children and adolescents and their families were cared for up to six months by a multi-professional team on an outpatient basis. The team had expertise in the fields of social work and medicine, and psychology. The successfully tested approaches can be potentially used to develop further the (legal) framework for pediatric socio-medical aftercare.
The detailed results of the projects are now being forwarded to the relevant organizations and institutions in the healthcare sector. In this regard, the respective stakeholders are requested to review the results and consider them within their area of responsibility as much as possible, specifically concerning the quality assurance aspect.
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