Psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Congenital Heart Disease Patients and Families

07 GIUGNO 2021

*(pagina aggiornata il 30 settembre 2021)

The Working Group “Neurodevelopment and Psychosocial Care from Fetus to Adult” of the Association of the European Pediatric Cardiologists (AEPC) has the pleasure to invite you to the following Webinar:

Psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Congenital Heart Disease Patients and Families

That will take place on Wednesday 29th of September (9 am – 5 pm CET)

The program aims to provide an opportunity to reflect on the impact the pandemic has had and is still having when it comes to the psychosocial aspects of patients with congenital heart defects in all age groups and their families.

This webinar is an important platform for all health professionals involved in the care of children and adults with congenital heart disease.

Some of the themes that will be explored are:

  • Parental psychological state and attitudes
  • Psychosocial effects of quarantine
  • Increased risk due to sedentary lifestyle

National and international speakers will contribute to the webinar.

For information on the scientific profile and the international fields of cooperation of the AEPC Working Group please visit the AEPC website:


We welcome abstracts for oral presentations both regarding scientific research and clinical care, related to neurodevelopmental and psychosocial aspects of congenital heart defects from fetus to adults, specifically referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, until the 30th of August. 

Abstract Submission

Authors submitting abstracts for presentation at this conference should consider the following:

  1. Abstracts should contain the following structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
  2. Titles should be indicative of the content of the abstract, without abbreviations in the title.
  3. Abbreviations may be used in the body text, if they are defined at their first mention.
  4. The combined length of the abstract body text should not exceed 250 words.
  5. By submitting an abstract for consideration, the Authors confirm that, if the abstract will be accepted for a presentation, the Author or co-author/presenter will register for and attend the conference.
  6. Submission: Abstracts should be submitted to with “Abstract AEPC 2021” in the subject heading.
  7. The members of the Scientific Committee will review the abstracts.
  8. Authors will be informed about the acceptance of their abstract for oral presentation by the 6th of September 2021.

The official program is available below (by clicking on scarica – download) and it will be updated with the abstract presentations on the 6th of September.

General information

IT platform:  Cisco Webex

For any further information:

Telephone: +390252774645

E-mail in case of queries linked to registration:

Registration information

The participation fee for professionals will be 20,00 Euros (VAT excluded)

The participation of patient representatives and family members will be free of charge.

In order to register please press the following link ­čí¬

Registration will be possible until the 15th of September.


The Psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Congenital Heart Disease Patients and Families, San Donato Milanese, Italy, 29/09/2021-29/09/2021 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 5 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Scientific committee and Support Committee


Edward Callus

Massimo Chessa

Alessandro Giamberti

Mario Carminati

Alessandro Frigiola


Frank Casey

Katya De Groote

Committee of Support

Alessia Spina

Clinical Psychology Service

Giovanna Campioni and AICCA Staff


Official Program

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