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Developing and validating disease management evaluation methods for European health care systems

Objective

Chronic health conditions that impose a heavy burden on society and account for a large share of health care costs. Better prevention and management could potentially decrease costs and improve quality of care and health outcomes. An important means of accomplishing these goals is through the use of disease management (DM) interventions that educate patients about prevention and health management strategies, while also providing guidance, behavioral modification techniques, and social and emotional support. DM also seeks to assist providers by informing them about best practices and treatment opportunities. The underlying assumption is that DM leads to better quality of care, more health-conscious behavior, and improved disease prevention and control. In the short run, disease management would decrease costs by optimizing utilization of medical care. In the long run, DM lead to improved health status among patients with chronic conditions, thereby avoiding medical expenditures and improving workplace productivity. Many health care systems in Europe and elsewhere are beginning to embrace DM programmes. Although the concept of disease management offers great promise, these programs’ ability to reduce cost and improve care has not yet been empirically demonstrated; more and more policymakers are demanding objective assessments of a programme’s impact. Part of the problem is that there are no universally accepted evaluation methods to measure and report programme performance in a scientifically sound fashion that is also practicable for routine operations. This project seeks to bridge this gap. It will provide an overview of approaches to chronic care and DM methods across Europe and test and validate possible evaluation approaches. These include non-experimental and experimental evaluation designs and performance measures. Best practices will be identified and used to develop recommendations for policymakers, program operators and researchers.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RAND EUROPE COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
Address
Milton Road Westbrook Centre
CB4 1YG Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 937 328
Administrative Contact
Ian Mcewan (Dr.)

Participants (9)

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 97 204
Address
Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cecile Knai (Dr.)
PARACELSUS MEDIZINISCHE PRIVATUNIVERSITAT SALZBURG - PRIVATSTIFTUNG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 258 164
Address
Strubergasse 21
5020 Salzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Christian Soennichsen (Prof.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 187 136
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 194 578
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rolf Draeger (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS XII VAL DE MARNE
France
EU contribution
€ 201 360
Address
Avenue Du General De Gaulle 61
94010 Creteil
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Durand-Zaleski (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 407 723
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hubertus Johannes Maria Vrijhoef (Dr.)
INSTITUTO DE SALUD CARLOS III
Spain
EU contribution
€ 184 154
Address
Monforte De Lemos 5
28029 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Inmaculada Pastor (Ms.)
CENTRE DE LUTTE CONTRE LE CANCER LEON BERARD
France
EU contribution
€ 44 280
Address
Rue Laennec 28
69373 Lyon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marina Rousseau-Tsangaris (Ms.)
AQUA-Institut für angewandte Qualitätsförderung und Forschung im Gesundheitswesen GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 964
Address
Maschmühlenweg 8 10
37073 Göttingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjorn Broge (Mr.)