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ACTIVITIES 

FEBRUARY 2017

INSEF was presented at the V National Congress of Public Health held in Oporto on 16-17 February 2017. Three oral communications focusing on the objectives, methods and implementation of INSEF and on the results of the survey concerning diabetes and hypertension were presented. One panel communication on the factors associated with regular influenza vaccination in chronic patients was also presented.

DECEMBER 2016

On 19th December 2016, the representatives of the donor countries of the EEA Grants have visited INSA's facilities in Lisbon to follow up the activities carried out within the project.

Were present at the visit a representative of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Donor Program Partner), Solfrid Johansen, a representative of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Portugal, Alida Endresen, representatives of the National Focal Point, Maria João Lóis and Carlos Torres, representatives of the Executive Nucleus of the Public Health Initiatives Program, in addition to the President of the INSA' Governing Board, Fernando de Almeida, the General Coordinator of the project, Carlos Matias Dias, the Executive Coordinator of project, Baltazar Nunes, and members of the INSA' executive team, Marta Barreto, Liliana Antunes, Vânia Gaio and Irina Kislaya. 

In this meeting the methods and the implementation of INSEF were presented, as well as the main results obtained. The products generated and the impact on the media were also presented. Finally, the following steps of the project and future perspectives were discussed.

NOVEMBER 2016

INSEF was presented at the 9th European Public Health Conference: All for Health, Health for All which took place in Vienna, Austria, from 9 to 12 November 2016. The panel communications presented focused on the methods and results of the survey concerning obesity, hypertension, cholesterol and oral health.

View here the work presented:

The first Portuguese National Health Examination Survey (2015): design, planning and implementation

Socioeconomic inequalities in obesity prevalence: Portuguese Health Examination Survey results

Prevalence of Hypertension in Portugal: Results from the First National Health Examination Survey

Prevalence of Elevated Cholesterol in Portugal: National Health Examination Survey (2015) Results

Inequalities in oral health: results from the First Portuguese National Health Examination Survey

 

OCTOBER 2016

In the scope of the Fund for Bilateral Relations between the promoters of the projects funded by the Public Health Initiatives Program and entities from the donor partner countries, INSA obtained additional funding for the organization of 2 training workshops, whose trainers will be elements of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and which will be held at INSA's premises in Lisbon. One of these workshops was on statistical analysis of health inequalities using data from surveys and was held on October 24-25th 2016, with the trainers being Prof. Philipp Hessel and Prof. Vegard Skirbekk of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

 

Workshop training session

 

Grupo photo from the participants in the workshop

SEPTEMBER 2016

A panel communication about INSEF's biospecimens collection was presented at the Europe Biobank Week held in Vienna, Austria, from 13-16th September 2016.

View here the work presented:

Profile of the Portuguese Health Examination Survey Biospecimen Collection

 

The 6th meeting of the INSEF Coordinating Group was held on 30th September 2016, at INSA's premises in Lisbon, with the presence of the INSA executive team, the focal point of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the focal points of the country's 7 health regions.

At this meeting the project status was presented, as well as the plan for the analysis and dissemination of INSEF's data. The proposal for a new application to the Fund for Bilateral Relations of the Public Health Initiatives Program was presented. Aspects related to the organization of the 2 workshops carried out under the Fund for Bilateral Relations and to the organization of the INSEF Regional Conferences were discussed. Finally, issues related to the next steps and to the future of the INSEF network were also discussed.

JULY 2016

The National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge and the Regional Health Administration of Algarve have promoted, on 29th July 2016, the INSEF Regional Conference in Algarve. This session of presentation of the results obtained in the National Health Examination Survey (INSEF) in the Algarve region was held at the Auditorium of the General Direction of School Establishments - Algarve Regional Delegation, in Faro.

The objective of the session was to present in the region of Algarve the results obtained in this survey, in particular the indicators on health status, health determinants and risk factors and health care of the population. This conference was attended by the President of the Governing Board of ARS Algarve, João Moura Reis, the President of the Governing Board of INSA, Fernando Almeida, the General Coordinator of INSEF, Carlos Matias Dias, the Executive Coordinator of INSEF, Baltazar Nunes, the Regional Delegate for Health of the Algarve, Ana Cristina Guerreiro, the regional responsible for the National Program for the Prevention and Control of Tobacco, Clara Garcia, the regional responsible for the National Program for the Promotion of Healthy Eating, Teresa Sofia Sancho, and the Mayor of Monchique and vice-president of the Intermunicipal Community of Algarve (AMAL), Rui André, among other experts from INSA and from ARS Algarve involved in INSEF.

The Algarve Region presents the lowest prevalences of obesity, diabetes and hypertension compared to the rest of the country. Concerning preventive care, namely oral health and secondary prevention of oncological disease, and concerning health determinants and risk factors, such as tobacco consumption or sedentary lifestyle, the Algarve results are within the national average, according to the first general results of INSEF.

 

Opening session from the Regional Conference of INSEF in Algarve

Results presentation at the Regional Conference of INSEF in Algarve

Results presentation at the Regional Conference of INSEF in Algarve

For aditional information visit the website of the ARS Algarve.

 

MAY 2016

The general results from the First National Health Examination Survey (INSEF) were presented to the public in 31th May 2016, at a conference that took place in the Auditorium of the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, in Lisbon.

The "1st Conference of the National Health Examination Survey: a closer look at the health of the Portuguese" had the presence of His Excellency the Minister of Health, Adalberto Campos Fernandes. At the conference opening session were also present His Excellency the Ambassador of Norway in Portugal, Ove Thorsheim, His Excellency the Member of the Executive Board of the Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde, Ricardo Mestre, His Excellency the Deputy-Coordinator of the National Focal Point for the EEA Grants, Maria João Lois, and His Excellency the President of the Executive Board of the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Fernando de Almeida.

 

Opening session of the 1st Conference of the National Health Examination Survey

At the conference the work developed in INSEF and the first results of this survey were presented. Results focused on the socio-demographic inequalities in the distribution of health status (obesity, diabetes, hypertension), health determinants and risk factors (physical activity, diet, smoking) and preventive health care (oral health, secondary prevention of oncological diseases) of the resident population in Portugal in 2015.

Results were commented by the Director of the Environmental Health Institute of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, José Pereira Miguel, the Director of the National School of Public Health of the New University of Lisbon, João Pereira, the Medical specialist in Public Health and Public Health Institute of the University of Porto, Alcindo Maciel Barbosa, and the Focal point of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health for INSEF, Heidi Lyshol. This panel was moderated by the General Coordinator of INSEF and Medical specialist in Public Health, Carlos Matias Days.

 

Comments of the 1st Conference of the National Health Examination Survey

 

 

In order to promote the exchange of regional experiences and the development of recommendations and strategies that can facilitate the fieldwork and data collection in future surveys, the National Health Institute organized, on May 30, at its facilities in Lisbon, a workshop with the regional teams from INSEF. Have participated in this initiative elements that were involved in INSEF data collection over the 40 weeks of fieldwork: regional coordinators, nurses, technical assistants and technical analysts.

 

Workshop with the Regional Teams from the National Health Examination Survey

 

APRIL 2016

The 7th work meeting with the focal point from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was held on 4-6th April 2016, in the INSA premises in Lisbon.

In this meeting the status of the project was presented and the strategy for the report and dissemination of results was presented and discussed. The strategies for data validation and for the evaluation of the quality of the collected data were also presented..

 

MARCH 2016

The 5th Coordination Group meeting was held on 4th March 2016, in the INSA premises in Lisbon, and counted with the presence of the executive team of INSA and the focal points of the 7 health regions of the country.

In this meeting the status of the project was presented, regarding to recruitment, materials received at INSA and database loading. The strategy to the elaboration of the data analysis plan was presented and questions related to the organization of future project activities were discussed.

 

DECEMBER 2015

Fieldwork has finished in the 7 health regions of Portugal. During the 40 weeks of data collection in the field, during which around 200 health professionals from all over the country were involved in the fieldwork activities, more than 30 thousand phone calls and 5881 appointments were performed that have allowed to recruit 4937 participants, surpassing the foreseen goal of including in this survey 4200 individuals residing in Portugal.

 

NOVEMBER 2015

INSEF received from 4 to 6 November 2015 the visit of elements from the EHES Reference Centre based at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland.

In this visit a data collection site and one of the participating laboratories in INSEF were visited to accompany and monitor the data collection work, the clinical analysis and the processing, storage and transport of the biological samples.

In the work meetings with the project executive team all the procedures relating to fieldwork preparation, data collection, monitoring and quality control, statistical analysis and reporting and dissemination of project results were discussed.

 

OCTOBER 2015

INSEF results was presented at the 8th European Public Health Conference: Health in Europe - from global to the local policies, methods and practices, which took place in Milan, Italy, 14-17 October 2015. The poster communications focused on recruitment, monitoring of data collection work and the perspective of the field teams on the adeherence of the population.

View here the work presented:

Poster_EPHC_Perspectives of fieldwork teams.pdf

Poster_EPHC_Data Collection Monitoring.pdf

Poster_EPHC_Recruitment.pdf

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

Training was given to the field teams in the regions of Lisbon and Tagus Valley and the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

The pilot studies were carried out in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley and the Azores regions.

The data collection work was resumed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira and was initiated in the regions of Lisbon and Tagus Valley and in the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

 

JULY 2015

INSEF results were presented at the 6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) which took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, 14-17 July 2015. The presentations focused on the development of the questionnaire and the sampling process.

View here the work presented:

Poster_CESRA_Sampling.pdf

 

JUNE 2015

Norte, Centro, Alentejo and Algarve ended with remarkable success the data collection in the respective regions. The required minimum number of participants was surpassed by all the regional teams.

INSEF results were presented at the 42nd Brazilian Congress of Clinical Analyses - 1st Congress of Laboratory Quality Control of Portuguese Speaking Countries, held in Rio de Janeiro from 21 to 24 June 2015. The poster presented addressed the influence of pre-analytical conditions in the level of hemolysis in the serum and plasma samples collected.

View here the work presented:

Poster_42CBAC_2015.pdf

 

MAY 2015

The 4th Coordination Group meeting was held on 26 and 27 May 2015, in the INSA premises in Lisbon, and counted with the presence of the executive team of INSA and the focal points of the 7 health regions of the country and of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

In this meeting the status of the project was presented, regarding to sampling, recruitment and data collection work. Participation rates obtained in the first collection sites were presented, as well as a brief description of the participants. The quality control procedures were presented and the results of the evaluations conducted discussed. Plans for data treatment and dissemination of results were also presented and the facilities of the future biobank for the INSEF samples to be set up within the project were visited.

4th Coordination Group meeting

 

The 2nd meeting of Steering Committee was held on 27 May 2015 and was attended by members of that committee, including representatives of key health decision makers in Portugal and individual experts, besides the Coordination Group. In this the status of the project was presented and the work developed regarding the process of sampling and response rates, quality control and monitoring of fieldwork teams and the implementation of the biobank was discussed. The dissemination plan for the project results being developed was also presented.

2nd Steering Committee meeting

 

APRIL 2015

Two members of the INSEF executive team traveled to Oslo, Norway, to visit the Biobank at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in order to gain knowledge of international best practices for collecting, handling and storage of biological samples.

 

INSEF results were presented at the 7th Scientific Meeting of the Portuguese Society of Clinical Chemistry, Genetics and Laboratory Medicine, held in Braga on 18 April 2015.

View here the work presented:

Poster_7SPQCGML_2015.pdf

 

FEBRUARY 2015

Fieldwork began in the North, Centre, Alentejo and Algarve regions.

 

JANUARY 2015

The pilot studies were conducted in the North, Centre, Alentejo, Algarve and Madeira regions.

 

DECEMBER 2014

Training of the fieldwork teams was performed in the North, Algarve, Alentejo and Madeira regions.

 

NOVEMBER 2014

The training of the regional fieldwork teams has began, and training of the teams from the regions of Algarve and the Centre was performed.

 

OCTOBER 2014

The 3rd meeting of INSEF Coordination Group took place on 23 and 24 October 2014 in INSA's premises in Lisbon and was attended by the members of the executive team of INSA and the focal points of the 7 health regions of the country and of the Norwegian Institute Public Health.

 

In this meeting the second phase of the sampling process and the planning of fieldwork regarding the selection of observation sites, selection of field teams and scheduling of the data collection were addressed. An overall presentation of the exam physical and interview which included a practice session was made. Administrative, legal and management issues were also discussed and the project communication plan presented.

3rd Coordination Group meeting

 

JUNE 2014

The second meeting of the Coordination Group took place on June 3rd and 4th and was attended by the executive team of INSA and the focal points from the 7 health regions and from the Department of Epidemiology of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The aim of this meeting was to make a progress report and to discuss the next steps of the project. Sampling, recruitment and fieldwork procedures were addressed, as well as administrative, legal and management issues.

2nd Coordination group meeting

 

The first meeting of the Steering Committee was held last June 4th at INSA and was attended by the Coordination Group in addition to the members of the Committee, which includes representatives of key decision makers in health in Portugal and individual experts.

In this meeting, it was intended to present the project and review in some detail the protocol of INSEF, especially regarding the sampling, recruitment and fieldwork procedures. The work developed in the first semester of the project implementation and the next steps were presented.

1st Steering Committee meeting