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Turkish Society of HRQOL (SAYKAD) will Organize the 4th National Congress (April 4-6, 2013, Izmir, Turkey)

Prof. Dr. Erhan Eser
Turkish Society of Quality of Life Research (SAYKAD), Izmir, Turkey


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

The organizational structure of SAYKAD has led to the establishment of a number of working groups in allergy, dermatology,
urology, pneumatology, rheumatology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, oncology, oral health, nursing, public health,
and occupational health.
These working groups are in close collaboration with relevant medical specialty societies of the country. They continuously
force the societies to bring HRQOL into their agenda in their regular scientific meetings by HRQOL plenary sessions and

SAYKAD started to establish a national HRQOL bibliography as well. Due to the lack of drug industry relationships, SAYKAD
has no financial support except membership dues and potential international project contributions. A new emerging target of
SAYKAD is to be an affiliated body of ISOQOL. A recent official application has been sent to the ISOQOL executive committee
for this purpose.

SAYKAD has organized three national scientific meetings in Izmir, the first in 2004, the second in 2007, and the third in
2010. The fourth National HRQOL Meeting of SAYKAD will be held from April 4th through 6th, 2013 in Izmir. Conference
information is visible at the SAYKAD website: www.saykad.org.


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