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Main Title: Is there enough research output of EU projects available to assess and improve health system performance? An attempt to understand and categorise the output of EU projects conducted between 2002 and 2012
Author(s): Zander, Britta
Busse, Reinhard
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Background Adequate performance assessment benefits from the use of disaggregated data to allow a proper evaluation of health systems. Since routinely collected data are usually not disaggregated enough to allow stratified analyses of healthcare needs, utilisation, cost and quality across different sectors, international research projects could fill this gap by exploring means to data collection or even providing individual-level data. The aim of this paper is therefore to (1) study the availability and accessibility of relevant European-funded health projects, and (2) to analyse their contents and methodologies. Methods The European Commission Public Health Projects Database and CORDIS were searched for eligible projects, which were then analysed by information openly available online. Results Overall, only a few of the 39 identified projects produced data useful for proper performance assessment, due to, for example, lacking available or accessible data, or poor linkage of health status to costs and patient experiences. Other problems were insufficient databases to identify projects and poor communication of project contents and results. Conclusions A new approach is necessary to improve accessibility to and coverage of data on outcomes, quality and costs of health systems enabling decision-makers and health professionals to properly assess performance.
Issue Date: 22-Feb-2017
Date Available: 3-Dec-2018
DDC Class: 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Subject(s): health system performance assessment
EU healthcare projects
individual-level data
data accessibility
Sponsor/Funder: TU Berlin, Open-Access-Publikationsfonds – 2017
Journal Title: Health Research Policy and Systems
Publisher: BioMed Central
Publisher Place: London
Volume: 15
Article Number: 13
Publisher DOI: 10.1186/s12961-016-0165-5
ISSN: 1478-4505
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