Euskadi Strategy

Euskadi is one of the Autonomous Communities with more senior citizens. The Basques that have over 65 years represent 20.2% of the population, above the European average which stands at 18.2% and that of Spain (in Spain it is 17.7%).

At Spanish level, Euskadi is the Autonomous Community that has spent more in health per person for at least five years, although it has fallen slightly due to the crisis and now begins to increase again: € 1,623 in 2010, € 1,541 in 2014 and 1,548 € for 2015. Health spending per capita in Euskadi is comparable to that of some European countries such as the United Kingdom, although it is far from Norway (€ 5,669) and Switzerland (€ 5,643), which lead the classification.

In this context, the approach to Frailty and the strategies for its assessment and prevention are in Osakidetza's focus of interest, as it is reflected in the 2013-2020 Health Strategy and in the Care Plan for the Elderly (PAM), currently under development.

This opens an opportunity for the development and application of new quantitative assessment solutions in the primary care system, which represents a clear impulse for the generation of new products in this field.

To respond to this challenge, different agents of the Basque Science and Technology Network have combined their research lines on aging and have focused on Frailty research under a common strategy:

“An integral approach to frailty syndrome, going forward in the creation of a set of methods and clinical models and experimental technological prototypes for the identification, characterization, assessment and treatment of the pre-frail, frail and dependent individual”.

This integral approach includes, from a multidimensional and multidisciplinary perspective, all the aspects that affect the frailty of an individual from a clinical point of view (functional physical and cognitive capacity, biology and daily context linked to vital autonomy).

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