Health systems and long-term care for older people in Europe – Modelling the INTERfaces and LINKS between prevention, rehabilitation, quality of services and informal care

11/2008 - 10/2011

Contact: Kai Leichsenring

The rising demand for long-term care calls for policy approaches to long-term care allowing for holistic and inclusive views that integrate the role of different public programmes, sectors of society, and private initiatives. Moreover, there is growing evidence about discrimination of dependent older people with respect to their access to mainstream health care and to prevention and rehabilitation, that need to be addressed by health and long-term care reforms. The objective of this 3-year project is therefore 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 are 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. Specifically, this project
  • develops a concept and methodology to describe and analyse long-term care and its links with the health system. This methodology is to facilitate cross-national comparisons and to enable individual Member States to compare their developmental status and to identify future areas for national development.
  • identifies a set of practical tools that measure and support progress against evidence-based good practice, and can be used to guide the future in individual Member States.
  • identifies acknowledged and established good practice that may help to inform the policy and practice of other Member States, particularly with respect to assessing and monitoring quality of care, promoting prevention and rehabilitation and supporting informal carers as well as addressing respective governance and financing issues.
More and detailed information can be found in the descriptive note at the bottom of this page.

Project partners: Haute École Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, Syddansk Universitet, Institut de recherche et documentation en économie de la santé, Sosiaali- Ja Terveysalan Tutkimus Ja Kehittaemiskeskus, Institut für Soziale Infrastruktur, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, CMT Prooptiki Consulting Management Training, Universitat De Valencia, Studio Come Srl., Stichting Vilans, Institut pre výskum práce a rodiny, Institut za varovanje zdravja, Stockholms läns landsting, University of Kent, University Of Birmingham
Head of project: Kai Leichsenring
Project team EC: Manfred Huber (till end of September 2009), Kai Leichsenring, Ricardo Rodrigues, Georg Ruppe, Flip Maas, Andrea Hovenier
Financed by: Commission of the European Communities, Seventh Framework Programme and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

Descriptive Note
pdf, 423 KB, 2009-04-24

Prevention and rehabilitation within long­term care across Europe.  European Overview Paper. WP3
pdf, 625 KB, 2010-07-08

Quality Management and Quality Assurance in Long­Term Care. European Overview Paper. WP4
pdf, 756 KB, 2010-07-08

Informal care in the long­term care system. European Overview Paper. WP5
pdf, 748 KB, 2010-07-08

Migrant care workers in Italy. A case study. WP5
pdf, 459 KB, 2010-07-08

Success Story of the Month (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), in German
pdf, 1932 KB, 2010-03-05