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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Guendalina Graffigna

Guendalina Graffigna received a PhD in Social Psychology at Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth of Milan (Italy) where she actually is Full Professor. At the same University she is member of the Coordination Committee of the PhD School in Psychology. From 2018, she is Director of the Consumer & Health Engagement Research Center - EngageMinds Hub of the Catholic University of the Sacred Hearth of Milan https://www.engagemindshub.com/ and Director for the Executive Master Program in Patient Advocacy Management promoted by ALTEMS (Higher School of Health Management).

Before her actual appointments, Guendalina has been a Post Doc fellow (A.A. 2007-2008) and visiting professor in Qualitative Health Research (A.A. 2008-2009) at the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, with which she still collaborate for several research and teaching initiatives related to patient engagement in research and to co-creation. Finally she is the Scientific Director of COPE (Consortium for PATIENT ENGAGEMENT).

In 2014 she validated the PATIENT HEALTH ENGAGEMENT Scale: the first measure of the patients' psychological experience of engagement in chronic care management, which is now widely adopted by healthcare and research organizations worldwide. In 2017 she coordinate the First Italian Consensus Conference on Patient Engagement.

Speaking in:
Measuring impact of patient involvement


Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens

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Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

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