We already have the results of the Creative Pill we conducted with Bioef, the Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research, which aimed to identify the crucial milestones in the cancer disease process in order to improve integrated patient care. In this video, you can see the theatre play that portrayed the work done with a pair that included cancer patients (with active, cured or chronic cancer), their family members and cancer, psycho-oncology and Active Patient Programme professionals. The play was performed at the International Conference on Integrated Care held in Donostia/San Sebastián on 1 April. A document has also been produced based on the structure of a theatrical script that underlined the physical and emotional moments (of patients, relatives and health professionals) during the 3 main moments of this disease: when the news is communicated, during treatment and at its outcome (whether positive or negative).
Bioef is working together with Conexiones improbables on a Creative Pill whose aim is to develop improved integrated care for cancer patients. The artists Mireia Gabilondo and Kike Rada from Tanttaka Teatroa are taking part in the joint effort, while the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza) has set up a working group comprising two oncologists, an oncology nurse, a primary care physician, the coordinator of the Active Patient programme and a psycho-oncologist), alongside patients who have either overcome cancer or are in the process of being cured and 3 relatives of these patients (one of whom has already passed away).
As part of a study on the role of public policies in developing entrepreneurship and the innovative potential of the cultural and creative sectors, a report by the OMC (open method of coordination) working group of Member States’ experts has recognised the methodology of Conexiones improbables as a good practice example in its section on “Inspiring user-driven and co-creation policy examples”.
The report examines 5 areas (frame, structures, cooperation, users and territory) and only mentions 3 state initiatives as examples of good practices: Conexiones improbables, Barcelona Laboratori (in the same section on users) and Barcelona Arts Factories (in the chapter on territory), as well as Factoría Cultural in Madrid (as part of the European Creative Hubs Network). This places the Basque platform at the forefront of developing cultural innovation methodologies and brings it to the same level as other public or private initiatives in countries such as Finland, Norway, Holland, Germany or Austria.