The Ida Institute announced that it will convene the inaugural meeting of the Person-Centered Hearing Network (PCHN) on August 27-28 in Skodsborg, Denmark. The meeting will bring together representatives of patient organizations, educational institutions, professional organizations, and care providers from around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas and discuss concrete collaboration opportunities.
“The purpose of the initiative is to advance person-centered care globally and build a network of organizations that are committed to translating the principles of person-centered care into concrete action,” said Lise Lotte Bundesen, managing director of the Ida Institute. “We want to kickstart a movement of people and organizations working together to ensure that person-centered care becomes an integral part of the hearing care ‘ecosystem’—from education to clinical practice.”

Person-centered care (PCC) has been on the agenda of health systems, educational institutions, clinicians, and patient organizations around the world for years. But despite the imperative for PCC, making it a reality remains a challenge.

Two years ago, the Ida Institute began establishing formal partnerships with universities, patient and professional organizations, and clinical entities as part of the institute’s effort to strengthen person-centered practices in hearing care. The partnership initiative has grown rapidly with 22 organizations having joined Ida in the effort to further person-centered care.

The PCHN will allow participants from various horizons to share knowledge and explore ideas that will spark new forms of collaborations across organizations, geographies, and cultures.

“Our partners bring a great diversity of experiences and perspectives to the table,” said Bundesen. “By working together, we can leverage insights from clinics, universities, and patient organizations to effect real change in the world of hearing healthcare. We hope the projects developed as an outcome of this network will be a catalyst towards a more person-centered future.”

The inaugural meeting will include representatives from the following organizations:

Professional organizations
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
American Board of Audiology (ABA)
Audiology Australia
British Academy of Audiology (BAA)
British Society of Audiology (BSA)
Canadian Academy of Audiology
South African Association of Audiologists (SAAA)

Patient organizations
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Action on Hearing Loss
The Ear Foundation
Hearing Matters Australia

Aston University
University of Queensland
Rush University
University of Cape Town
University of Southern Denmark
University of South Florida
Utah State University
University of Pretoria
University of Sao Paulo

Veterans Affairs (VA)
Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care
Danish Committee for Health Education

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Source: Ida Institute