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Identifying best practices for care-dependent elderly by Benchmarking Costs and outcomes of community care

Objective

Problem:
The need for cost effective health systems in Europe is imperative in the context of an increasing demand for health care by growing numbers of elderly people and a shrinking working force. Many health care systems are changing and looking for mechanisms to ensure, measure and improve the quality of care. On the other hand it is unclear which models of care delivery are the most cost-effective. To enable lower public spending and advance the economic efficiency of community care organisations policymakers need information on which type of community care delivery provides best outcomes against reasonable costs.

Aim:
To identify best practices in community care delivery for dependent elderly, by benchmarking the cost-effectiveness of health care systems, taking into account costs of care, quality of care and organisation of European community care organisations.

(Expected) results:
IBenC capitalises on a standardised instrument, the Resident Assessment Instrument for Home Care (interRAI-HC), which is used in routine care provisioning to assess patient outcomes, care use and quality of care. Building on existing data from the former FP5 project AdHOC (n=4010) and new data collection (n≥2750) a novel method to benchmark community care organisations will be developed: quality and cost of community care will be compared into one measure. Based on the interRAI-HC a summary measure for organisation performance, based on quality indicators, will be developed and the interRAI-HC will be validated for costs of care assessments from a societal perspective. To enable an in-depth interpretation of best performing practices, the contexts and characteristics of community care organisations will be studied rigorously.
IBenC will actively contribute to public health by enabling longer independent living of the elderly.

Potential applications:
The novel method for benchmarking community care practices on macro and meso levels on costs and quality of care will improve insight into the cost effectiveness of European health care delivery, and provides an objective method to identify best practices. In addition the benchmark method will be suitable for (inter)national cost of care comparisons and will be applicable for benchmarking care models in other care settings in the future. The IBenC study will explore the feasibility of the development of an online tool to benchmark cost-effectiveness of health care organisations based on their organisational characteristics. Such a tool can provide easy access to health care policy makers and health care providers to the generated knowledge on cost-effectiveness and organisation of European community care.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1
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Coordinator

STICHTING VUMC
Address
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 967 059
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Koppelman (Mrs.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 406 237,80
Address
Largo Gemelli 1
20123 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Filippo Leone (Prof.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 369 933
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elke Lammertyn (Dr.)
LANDSPITALI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 250 602
Address
Eiriksgata 5
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eyrún Steinsson (Ms.)
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 250 140
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sanna Leppämäki (Dr.)
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Germany
EU contribution
€ 333 836
Address
Treskowallee 8
10318 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anke Engel (Mrs.)
EUROPEAN HEALTH MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 241 067
Address
Rock Road 118
Booterstown Dublin
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jeni Bremner (Ms.)
STICHTING GGZ INGEEST
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 173 813,20
Address
Overschiestraat 57
1062 HN Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Johannes Hendrikus Smit (Prof.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 6 510
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bart Van Leijen (Mr.)