The Active Patient Programme launches three peer-to-peer workshops for caregivers and stoma wearers

Jan 18, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Active Patient Programme is launching three peer-to-peer workshops in January, two of which are aimed at carers and one at stoma wearers. The workshops, given by caregivers and active patient trainers, aim to help participants improve their quality of life and how they cope with the disease through peer education.

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The Active Patient Programme

As for the workshops aimed at carers, the dates are as follows.

At the Trencadors Health Centre, it starts today 17th of January and ends on the 21st of February. It will take place every Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

At the Sa Torre Health Centre (Manacor), it begins on 23rd January and ends on 27th February. It will be held every Monday from 9.30 am to 11.30 am.

The workshop for stoma carriers (colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy), which will be held at the Hospital de Manacor, begins on 26 January and ends on 2 March, and will be held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

To sign up for one of these workshops you can send an email to: or call 971 17 58 83/4 from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

More than 130 active patient trainers

It should be remembered that the Balearic Islands has more than 130 active patients and carers who are trainers, ready to carry out peer-to-peer workshops to help other users to improve their coping with their illness or the situation they are living with.

The Active Patient Programme, which is part of the Strategic Plan for Chronic Care, aims to train people who suffer from chronic diseases or who care for these patients so that they can give workshops in health centres, hospitals or associations, aimed at other people with the same pathologies. In this way, they can exchange experiences and share advice on how to cope better with a chronic illness.

The diseases included in the programme are diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure and ischaemic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory joint diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis), ostomates (colostomy, urostomy and ileostomy), primary immunodeficiencies and carers of dependent persons (due to dementia, very old age, etc.). ). In 2022, other diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis), incontinence, stroke and chronic pelvic pain were also added.

Throughout 2022, 8 peer-to-peer workshops were held for people with diabetes (at the Son Gotleu Health Centre), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease and inflammatory joint diseases (these 3 workshops were held at the Son Llàtzer University Hospital, multiple sclerosis at Son Espases and heart failure/ischemic heart disease and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (these two workshops were held at the premises of the ADAAIB patients’ association in Llucmajor). A total of 79 people completed the workshops.