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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH-2007-3.3-4 | Award Amount: 3.84M | Year: 2008

Suicide is a serious public health problem in the EU calling for effective interventions. The aim of this project is to provide EU member states with an evidence based prevention concept, concrete materials and instruments for running and evaluating these interventions and recommendations for the proper implementation of the intervention. These aims will be achieved by the following objectives: > Analysis of differences in suicide rates among European countries and harmonisation of procedures for definition, assessment and evaluation of suicidality > Development of a state of the art intervention concept for the prevention of suicidality that considers current evidence-based best practices and international experiences with multilevel interventions, such as that of the European Alliance Against Depression > Implementation of comparable multilevel community based prevention interventions in four European model regions > Evaluation of the interventions in a pre-post, controlled and cross-nationally comparable design concerning effectiveness with respect to both suicides and non-fatal suicidal acts, efficiency (including health economic evaluations), involved processes and finally the interplay between the single intervention measures > Distribution of an optimised suicide preventive intervention concept, corresponding materials and instruments, and recommendations for implementation to policy makers and stakeholders

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH-2007-3.2-3 | Award Amount: 3.10M | Year: 2009

Health professionals have always moved to, from and within Europe for work and other reasons. However, concerns about the scale of movement and its impacts on health systems are increasing. New disease patterns, new technology and increasingly global markets have multiplied pressures on health systems. Policy makers and managers need to respond but do not know enough about what is happening. EHMA and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies are leading a multi-disciplinary team to address this information gap. 11 partners from 8 EU MS with 24 country correspondents / informants will provide missing data, an understanding of drivers for movement, and insights into mobilitys impact on health system access quality and sustainability. They will address 6 key objectives by answering the questions How much professional mobility is there? What is it about countries, health systems and people that encourage professionals to move? What does mobility do to systems, professionals and patients? What policy responses make a difference? What are the future challenges? What can decision makers do? This project progresses beyond the state of art by providing comprehensive maps of professional mobility and 19 country case studies. It will also capture and assess effective responses. Recommendations will be framed for policy makers and managers and reflect the likelihood of future change. They will emphasize accessible options and implementation of initiatives to recruit, integrate or retain staff. This project is timely, particularly given the complex risks and benefits of a fluid workforce, EU growth and the sometimes competing agendas of Lisbon and a Social Europe. The project will mix methods from quantitative data analysis to focus groups considering the international, national, regional and institutional levels; to best answer the questions above; and generate advice for stronger, more appropriate human resource policies.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH-2009-3.2-2 | Award Amount: 3.40M | Year: 2010

ECHO, European Collaboration for Healthcare Optimization, gathers the interests for Healthcare Performance Measurement of different Academic and Research Institutions from six European countries and an International Body for Healthcare Policy Analysis. Designed as a 48 months project, it has been conceived as a pilot study based on available administrative databases. It aims at describing the actual performance of six different Healthcare Systems at hospital, healthcare area, regional and country level. To tackle performance measurement in this project, two different methodological approaches will be used: [a] a population geographical-based, responding the question: Is the access to a diagnostic or surgical procedure dependant on the place where a person lives? And, [b] a provider-specific, answering the question: Is the risk for a patient to access high quality care -and have better health outcomes- different regarding the provider in which he or she is admitted? Utilization, equity in access and allocative efficiency will be analysed as performance measures in the former approach; and, healthcare outcomes and associated costs will be measures in the latter one. ECHO has been envisaged as a five work packages project. The first two work packages are devoted to prepare the core work package (WP#3) Performance Measurement and Report; so, the WP#1 is committed with the creation of the ECHO Data Warehouse and the second one is dedicated to the Methodological foundations of the project. Work packages #4 (web-based tools development) and #5 (dissemination) are carefully thought to ease the diffusion of our findings to decision-makers; in the former, a web-based analytical tool will allow advanced users to replicate methods and analysis; in the latter, local key agents like policy decision-makers and managers, will feed the findings making them transferable to their own decision-making process.

The objective of this 3-year project is to construct and validate a general model to describe and analyse long-term care (LTC) systems for older people from a European perspective. The particular aspects of the different emerging national models that currently address long-term care needs in Europe will be used to show how the links to health care services, the quality of LTC services, the incentives for prevention and rehabilitation, and the support for informal carers can be governed and financed to enhance structures, processes and outcomes of LTC systems. Based on the assumption that LTC systems in Europe have only started to develop at the boundaries of health and social care, the project will focus on the elaboration of concepts, indicators and models for policies and practice at the interfaces and links between health systems and LTC. Good practice determinants will be identified and validated across countries. A European state of the art model for describing and analysing long-term care provision will thus be constructed as an analytical toolbox that takes into account pathways of reform policies at any stage of a national LTC systems development. The project outcome will guide policy analysis and design, permit comparison and will substantially broaden the scientific base that supports the Member States to better organise their health and LTC systems. It will also integrate the professional and the non-professional domain with inputs from a wide range of stakeholders by means of National Expert Panels and European-level Sounding Board Conferences. The project will be carried out by a consortium of 17 partners from universities, national and international research institutes with international and interdisciplinary expertise, also in cross-national research. The consortium represents 14 Member States covering different welfare regimes and geographical domains to allow for the regional and developmental, path-dependent differences to be addressed.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENV.2008. | Award Amount: 1.14M | Year: 2009

This proposal puts forward plans to establish a research network of experts on noise and health in Europe. This network will establish future research directions and policy needs in Europe. The network will review the existing literature on environmental noise exposure and health focussing on the consolidation of existing state of the art knowledge and the identification of gaps in the evidence and future research needs and hypotheses to be tested. In the network we will train junior researchers in noise and health through setting up an exchange network across Europe. The network will focus on noise exposure assessment in health studies in order to build more complex analytical models of noise and health effects that take into account moderating factors including the joint effects of air pollution and noise. A specific function of the network will be to establish communication between researchers on noise and researchers on air pollution. We will improve the measurement of health outcomes relevant to noise research and strengthen the available methodologies for future research, by extending analyses on existing research taking advantage of the large EU-funded RANCH and HYENA studies and relevant national studies. We will develop novel designs for research on noise and health to provide to the EU a new strategy for the development of noise and health research in the future. We will disseminate the results to the EU, to national governments, to fellow researchers, and other stakeholders.

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