Developing and validating disease management evaluation methods for European healthcare systems

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 223277
EC contribution
: € 2,651,891.00
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/01/2009
: Chronic disease management, Evaluation methods, Health systems, Healthcare quality.
Project web-site
: http://www.dismeval.eu


Structured disease management has been proposed as a means to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare, and to improve health outcomes for people with chronic conditions. However, the evidence on the ability of such approaches to achieve this remains inconclusive, and what we know is mainly based on small studies of high-risk patients, often undertaken in academic settings.

There is a need to better understand and learn more about the effects of large, population-based programmes using widely accepted evaluation methods that are scientifically sound and are also practicable in routine settings. Such evaluation methods should form a precondition for the selection of efficient and effective interventions to address the growing burden of chronic disease.

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