Experts have called for urgent action to address the growing burden of brain diseases in Europe, and say a new strategy introduced in Norway should be replicated across the region.
Details of the Norwegian Brain Health Strategy 2018-2024 were presented to delegates at the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress in Oslo, Norway this week.
The strategy has four overarching aims:
- Good lifelong brain health and quality of life.
- The provision of user-centred care, in addition to support for relatives.
- The organisation of holistic care from multi-disciplinary teams.
- Ensuring adequate knowledge and quality through research and innovation.
“We believe that this national strategy should be replicated and implemented across Europe, tailored for each country,” said Professor Anne Hege Aamodt, President of the Norwegian Neurological Association. “The continent will undergo major societal transformations, such as the ageing population, that will impact on brain diseases and health services must adapt to these changes.”
The EAN and European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) are also calling for a European Brain Health Plan to raise public awareness of brain diseases, lobby governments and integrate the best science to improve outcomes for both patients and society.