Regione Emilia-Romagna – Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regionale

Regione Emilia-Romagna – Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regionale

ASSR acts as an agency supporting the regional health Service and the integrated network of social services from a technical and regulatory perspective and performs its activities in agreement with the General Direction for personal care, health and welfare. Since 1999 the Regional Government of Emilia-Romagna deliberated the “Regional Dementia Project” (D.G.R. 2581/1999 and DGR 990/2016), an act that provides funds for the organization of Health and Social Welfare services in the community for people with dementia.

The main strategies and tools of Dementia Project are: a) to ensure good and timely diagnosis; b) global approach to PwD and her/his family (social and health services integrated); c) to qualify existing network service (not only separate net for PwD); d) improve and support caregivers. The design includes specialized out-patient clinics with competency for diagnosis and care planning and a network of services dedicated to people with dementia and their caregivers. ASSR is regional coordinator of many clinical audit activities, regional Coordinator of many clinical care pathways development and monitoring and offered Research methodology support for many study designs, data gathering and analyses.

Staff members


Director of the ASSR since 2015. From 2001 to 2014, Head of the ASSR Infectious Risk Program Area. From 1982 to 1995, Researcher and from 1995 to 2001, Senior researcher, at the Epidemiology Department of the Italian National Health Institute. Degree in Medicine and Surgery (1978); Post graduate diploma in Internal Medicine (1984), Epidemiology (1986), Hygiene and Public Health (1990). Member of several national and European commissions and scientific director of more than 25 research projects funded by national and European institutions. She has published more than 200 original papers (of which more than 120 indexed on PubMed), more than 100 books or book chapters, more than 120 meeting abstracts.


Health services researcher for ASSR Clinical Governance area since 2001. Degree in Medicine and Surgery (1992, University of Bologna), Post graduate diploma in Clinical Pathology (1996, University of Bologna) and general practice medicine (1999, Regional Health Service); Doctor of Philosophy (2012, International Doctorate School in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia).

Extensive experience in evaluation of the quality of healthcare, evaluation of the effectiveness, appropriateness and organizational impact of clinical care pathways, health technology assessment, economical evaluations, implementation science, critical literature appraisal and working group coordination.

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