The idea for a European Pathway Association was suggested by Kris Vanhaecht, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium and Massimiliano Panella, Piedmonte University, Italy, during the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQUA) 2003 conference in Dallas.

The European Pathway Association (E-P-A.org) was launched on September 16 & 17, 2004, in Jesi, near Ancona (Italy). The first Workshop on the European Focus on Clinical Pathways was organized by the Agenzia Regionale Sanitaria di Regione Marche under the supervision of Prof. Francesco Di Stanislao, director Agenzia Regionale Sanitaria and Prof. Massimiliano Panella. In 2008 the E-P-A became an official not for profit association.

Launch of E-P-A, hotel Federico II, Jesi, Italy

Launch of E-P-A, hotel Federico II, Jesi, Italy

Since 2004 the E-P-A has been involved in:

  • The European Quality of Care Pathway Study (more info here) on pathways for COPD and Hip Fracture (conducted in Belgium, Portugal, Italy and Ireland)
  • The CP4ACS study on care pathway for ST-elevated MI (conducted in Belgium)
  • The CP4NutriGICAN project on gastro intestinal cancer pathways (conducted in Belgium, Holland, Germany & France)
  • The international survey on care pathways in 23 countries in 2005 (for more info take a look here) and an update in 2012.
  • The E-P-A summer school 2007, 2008 and 2010 (Italy) with delegates from over 20 different countries
  • The E-P-A summer workshop in 2011 (Norway) and 2014 (Leuven)
  • The healthcare events & E-P-A international conference in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
  • Care pathway conferences in London (UK), Ancona (Italy), Dublin (Ireland), Haugasund (Norway), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Ljubliana (Slovenia), Leuven (Belgium), Barcelona (Spain), Glasgow (Scotland), Linz (Austria). (for more info take a look here)
  • 4 PhD projects at Leuven University and Piemonte University
  • Policy advise in Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Norway, Mongolia, Egypt, The Netherlands, Scotland, England, Ireland
  • Newsletters
  • and much more