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Quality and costs of primary care in Europe

Objective

The overall objective of this project is to use research methods to describe different primary care models in Europe, assess their quality in different dimensions – particularly access, equity and satisfaction - and determine their cost. We will analyse variations of both quality and cost as they apply to specific organisational models in Europe, and will study the possible trade-offs between quality and costs in each model. Key research challenges will be the following: (i) to apply an innovative approach to identify and describe European primary care models, (ii) to develop and pilot a methodology to study relevant healthcare costs at macro and micro-level, and (iii) to combine surveys addressing perceptions of public and health professionals along with a review of clinical data to assess quality. The results of the project will develop, test and apply a valid framework for trans-national comparisons of quality atributes and costs with which to facilitate decision making concerning primary care models, the behaviour and delivery of primary care services. This framework will be an asset for those countries aiming at putting primary care at the centre of their healthcare model in terms of its quality, and in perspective with the total costs of healthcare provision and with the state of primary care in Europe. In summary, the core aim of the consortium is to inform policy decisions on primary care, giving explicit evidence of what measures can crucially be used to improve the overall quality of health systems, emphasizing their equity, evidence base, social cohesion, and sustainability as the values underlying the design of primary care models and its provision to European citizens.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE SALUD CARLOS III
Address
Monforte De Lemos 5
28029 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 606 933,20
Administrative Contact
Joaquín Arenas (Dr.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 276 800
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Iris Litty (Ms.)
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 274 073,60
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ruth Kalda (Dr.)
ALLAMI EGESZSEGUGYI ELLATO KOZPONT
Hungary
Address
Dios Arok 3
1125 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Mihalicza (Mr.)
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 336 472,20
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ursula Corner (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 282 192
Address
Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Fattore (Prof.)
ORSZAGOS ALAPELLATASI INTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 209 712
Address
Jasz Utca 84-88
1135 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Renata Emese Papp (Dr.)
LIETUVOS SVEIKATOS MOKSLU UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 198 032
Address
A Mickeviciaus Gatve 9
44307 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brigita Urziene (Ms.)
ORSZAGOS EGESZSESGUGYI STRATEGIAI KUTATOINTEZET ESKI

Participation ended

Hungary
EU contribution
€ 167 320
Address
Arany János Utca 6-8
H-1051 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Mihalicza (Mr.)