Health Systems Research

The second area is entitled: 'Quality, efficiency and solidarity of health systems including transitional health systems', enabling countries to promote more efficient and accessible high-quality healthcare services in Europe. The knowledge generated should empower the policy and decision maker to better manage and reform healthcare systems in view of common challenges and within the common framework of the European Union. It has been recognised by the Council in its Conclusions that the health systems of the EU are a central part of Europe's high levels of social protection and contribute to social cohesion and social justice as well as to sustainable development. The health systems of the EU reflect the overarching values of universality, access to good healthcare, equity and solidarity, aiming to make provision that is patient-centred and responsive to individual need.

The objective is to provide, in the light of new knowledge, scientifically validated tools to allow countries to learn from the experience of other health systems and their sustainability, taking into account the importance of national contexts and population characteristics (ageing, mobility, migration, education, socioeconomic status and the changing world of work etc.). The focus is on organisational, financial and regulatory aspects of health systems (assessing the cost, efficiency and benefits of different interventions including patient safety), their implementation and their outcomes in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and equity (including disadvantaged groups). Special attention is to be paid to investment issues and human resources, including homecare strategies. This area has 26 projects including EU policy support projects, accounting for some EUR 63.5 million in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding support.

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Highlights
Impacts, challenges and limitations of EU-funded public health research - Priorities for future research
Events
1. Health Outcomes in Europe - The QALY Controversy
2. First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) - Science to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage, Montreux Switzerland
3. 13th European Health Forum Gastein, Bad Hofgastein Austria
4. Health Services Research Conference, The Netherlands
5. European Health Forum Gastein