Shaping Policy on Chronic Diseases through National Policy Dialogs in CHRODIS PLUS

Dorota Sienkiewicz*, Alison Maassen, Iñaki Imaz-Iglesia, Elisa Poses-Ferrer, Helen McAvoy, Rita Horgan, Miguel Telo de Arriaga, Andrew Barnfield

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Policy dialogs are deliberative dialogue that gather policy makers and relevant stakeholders from across disciplines to discuss a topic of mutual interest. They typically serve as a single element in a broader policymaking cycle, either informing the content of new policy or forming a component of policy evaluation and review. In the joint action CHRODIS PLUS, national policy dialogs were conducted in fourteen EU Member States. The aim of the dialogs was to identify new policies or changes to existing policies and legislation that are capable of tackling major risk factors for chronic disease, to strengthen health promotion and prevention programs and to ensure health systems are equipped to respond to priority issues within the chronic diseases field. In this paper, we present the CHRODIS PLUS policy dialog methodology, as well as results and lessons learnt from three national policy dialogs held in Ireland, Portugal and Spain. After discussion of the results, we conclude that the CHRODIS PLUS methodology is an effective mechanism to provoke deliberative discussion around chronic disease prevention and management in different countries. However, it is essential to ensure adequate human and financial resources—as well as political commitment—to accomplish objectives set out during the policy dialogs. We argue that priority-setting across sectors can improve the resilience of health systems and opportunities for investment in Health in All Policies (HiAP), both at European Union and Member State levels
Original languageEnglish
Article number7114
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2020

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research


  • policy
  • chronic diseases
  • deliberative dialog
  • complexity
  • health systems
  • public health
  • stakeholder engagement
  • policymaking
  • innovation
  • prevention
  • health promotion
  • health in all policies


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