Family Health and Family Care

​NEW IN 2019!

Although healthcare professionals are important in caring for young families as well as the elderly, informal carers such as partners, family and neighbours or volunteers are providing most of the care to people in their day-to-day life. Informal carers are therefore the most important partners to collaborate with in the care for patients and families.

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In the Summer school Family Health and Family Care you will learn, together with students from different disciplines, countries and cultures, about how to support patients and their families using a family-focused approach. The summer school is designed to provide the knowledge and insights that you need to implement the family-focused approach in your work setting. Theory will be delivered by leading professors in the field of Family Care. The focus will be on providing knowledge but also on practicing new skills for family assessment, assessing family functioning and determining which family interventions are to be provided.

In this Summer school you will find out more about:

  • The theory and benefits of a family-focused approach in health care

  • The impact of illness and caregiving situations on families' health, wellbeing and family functioning

  • The assessment of family structure and family functioning

  • Family Health Conversations and other interventions

  • Collaboration within the triad of the patient, the family and health care professionals

  • Technology that can support in family caregiving situations

  • Research within the family context

  • Ethical issues within the family context

After this Summer school you will be inspired and have the skills to apply professional interventions to support patients and their families together.

Developments in health care

In 2050 half of the population in Europe will be aged 50 years or over and at the same time the number of 15-64 year olds will decrease substantially. These demographic changes put enormous pressure on the health care systems in terms of costs and available workforce. A transition in health care through policy is taking place leading to prioritization on prevention, support for young adults and families, shortening of hospitalization, early discharge, and facilitating home care for the elderly so that they can live in their own homes as long as possible.

In line with these developments there is a growing awareness that care and support provided by family and volunteers is increasingly important for providing the necessary care needs of patients and families living with health issues. Health care policies more and more emphasize the importance of patient's and families' own responsibility for health by self-care, self-management and the participation of family members and other informal carers in care. Healthcare professionals subsequently need to make the shift from a patient-focused approach to a family focused approach including family and informal carers as part of the care team and as 'clients' that may need support too.

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