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Volume 12, no 2 of PALIATIA has been published: see

SOAZ was invited to participate in 2 conferences in March 2020, one on family medicine and child care and one on oncology and family medicine. On the way to these conferences, SOAZ participants, who also would present lectures, were called that the conferences were canceled due to covid-19. The SOAZ participants had to stay some weeks abroad.

Volume 3, no 1 of the Romanian Journal of Family Medicine has been published. (see

In the fall of 2019 board members of SOAZ participated in two conferences in Romania: Conference on Family Medicine, Braila, 10-12 October 2019 and Conference on developments in palliative care, Poiana Brasov 17-19 October 2019 with a workshop on The impact of (top) research on (clinical) palliative care practice. An invited lecture was presented at the 'National Conference of Family Medicine' in Bucharest, 23-26 October 2019 by Olaroiu M, entitled 'An overview about how General Practitioners work in the Netherlands'.

A first result of the project on 'happy old' has been published: "Citizens in Resilient European Societies are Happy Old." Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine. 2019;5(1).

Board members of SOAZ were invited to participate in the multidisciplinary, international conference on ‘Oncology in Medical Practice’ in Bucharest (21-23 March 2019). Three invited lectures were presented one on palliative care, one about ‘stop smoking alternatives’, and one about ‘National screening programs on cancer: 40 years Dutch experiences’.

SOAZ/RACE is working for some time on healthy ageing research programme. Studies on longevity have already been internationally published as well as the effect of policy measures on ageing. A study on determinants of healthy ageing has been published (see In 2019-2020 studies on 'happy old' will be executed.

Aggression against professionals in health care and police is increasing in various European countries. SOAZ/RACE has been invited to make a proposal for studying this issue. This request will be part of e research line to study cooperation between health care professionals as well as cooperation between health care professionals and professionals in the social domain.

SOAZ/RACE started a new project, related to its studies on testing the reliability and validity of the Groningen Frailty Index for GPs in Romania. The new project focuses on assessment of frailty in geriatric settings.

SOAZ/RACE was invited to present a paper on developments in palliative care, relevant in primary health care, at the Regional Conference of Family Medicine in Constanta, Romania. Also a lecture was given on the importance of cooperation between general practitioners and geriatricians in care for old people.

Together with the Medical Faculty of the University of Iasi, SOAZ initiated a research project to analyse the attitudes and images medical doctors have of each others work, especially general practitioners and hospital specialists, in Romania. International studies indicate that a better understanding of each others work contributes to improve quality of care.

In 2019 SOAZRACE continued with the research project on well-being in old age, analysing data from European countries. Especially, the impact of changes in national policy measures on welfare and health, related to the economic crisis, on life satisfaction of older citizens was subject of the study. The first results - executed in cooperation with Prof. Ioana Dana Alexa from the University of Iasi, Romania - has been published in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research.

SOAZ supports the publication of a new journal: Romanian Journal of Family Medicine, to stimulate primary health care in Romania and to contribute to quality of care. See:

Two scientific articles are published with support of SOAZ RACE: 'How to Prevent Preventable Death?' in SM Prev Med Public Health. 2017; 1(1): 1004 and 'Do Changes in Welfare and Health Policy Affect Life Satisfaction of Older Citizens in Europe?' in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research (2017),

Preventable death is – despite many programmes on preventive health interventions – a major issue in Europe. In 2013 in EU countries over 1.2 million people died from illnesses and injuries that might have been avoided through more effective public health and prevention policies or more timely and effective health care. At the same time, research shows that preventive intervention programmes, special directed on changes in lifestyle or environmental conditions (smoking, alcohol consumption, environmental pollution) are cost-effective and cost-saving. What (inter)national policy is needed to prevent preventable death? The board of SOAZRACE has decided to develop a study to answer this question.

The chairman of SOAZ has been invited to participate in the 5th World Annual Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology (4-6 December 2017) Fukuoka, Japan. The theme of the congress is "Moving towards the era of healthy aging". He will present a paper on well-being of older citizens in an aging society.

SOAZ has been invited to participate in an EU call on promoting human rights and social diversities in Europe. Proposals have to be sent in end of March. Together with colleagues from Austria, Croatia, and Hungary we will see or it will be ‘different or indifferent?’

JAMDA published the manuscript – prepared by SOAZ – as soon as possible because it was considered as an excellent and important study by the Editorial team. Judge yourself; read How Important Are Health Care Expenditures for Life Expectancy? A Comparative, European Analysis