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FP6

Final Report - MARQUIS (Methods of Assessing Response to Quality Improvement Strategies)

Project ID: 513712
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES

Abstract

This is the final activity report of MARQUIS project - a part of the suite of research projects intended to support policy established by the European Commission (EC) through its Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The MARQUIS project was designed to help assessing the value of different quality strategies and to provide needed information for countries when contracting care for patients moving across borders and for individual hospitals when reviewing the design of their quality strategies. The results also provide evidence-based advice for further development of formal quality procedures at European Union (EU) level for health care institutions or for developing existing approaches.

This document first reviews the findings of MARQUIS and their implications for healthcare providers (and particularly, for hospitals), and then addresses the broader policy implications for member states of the EU and for the EC itself. Against the background of the EC's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), it then outlines a number of future areas for research to inform policy and practice in quality and safety in Europe.

The report concludes that at this stage, a unique EU-wide quality improvement system for hospitals does not seem to be feasible or effective. Because of possible future community action in this field, attention should focus on the use of existing research on quality and safety strategies in healthcare, with the aim of combining soft measures to accelerate mutual learning. Concrete measures should be considered only in areas for which there is substantial evidence and effective implementation can be ensured.

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