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Turkish National HRQOL Society (SAYKAD)

Erhan Eser
Turkish Society of Quality of Health Research (SAYKAD) – Izmir, Turkey
Celal Bayar University Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Public Health,
Manisa, Turkey


SAYKAD was founded in 2002 in Izmir, the third biggest city of Turkey, by a group of medical doctors working in the area of public health, psychiatry, and medical oncology. The founders of SAYKAD also belong to the core study group of WHOQOL
Project Turkish team. The main target of SAYKAD has been to introduce and disseminate knowledge about HRQOL to diverse
health disciplines and healthcare professionals in Turkey. To achieve this goal, the society has participated in and organized
a number of scientific meetings and workshops and has provided methodological support to professionals in Turkey who work on HRQOL in clinical practice.

Organizational structure:
SAYKAD’s executive committee is composed of five members elected for two years. It has 98 members since 2010. The
organizational structure of SAYKAD has led to the establishment of a number of working groups such as Allergy, Dermatology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Urology, Pneumatology, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Ear/Nose/Throat, Plastic Surgery, Rheumatology, Liaison Psychiatry, Nursing (caregivers), Public Health and Occupational Health, Endocrinology, Oncology, Nephrology, Pain, and Oral Health & Dentistry.
These working groups are in close collaboration with the relevant medical specialty societies in Turkey, ensuring that these societies include HRQOL in their regular scientific meetings in the shape of HRQOL plenary sessions and workshops (SAYKAD contributed about eight National Brach Congresses up to 2011, by giving conferences and workshops mainly on methodological topics).

Regular activities:
The main regular activity of SAYKAD has been to organize regular National HRQOL meetings every three years, beginning with 2004. Three national congresses were organized since 2004 (2004, 2007, and 2010). The next National HRQOL Meeting will be held in 2011 in Izmir, as usual.


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