European network on long-term care quality and cost effectiveness and dependency prevention

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Ricardo Rodrigues

PROJECT TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CENTRE

Stefania Ilinca, Kai Leichsenring

EXTERNAL PROJECT CO-ORDNIATOR

Jose-Luis Fernandez, Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics (United Kingdom)

PROJECT PARTNERS

London School of Economics (United Kingdom)

University of Tampere (Finland)

University of Bremen (Germany)

University of Barcelona (Spain)

UNED-IMIENS Madrid (Spain)

INSERM (French)

EHESP School of Public Health (France)

IRNCA (Italy)

THL (Finland)

Stockholm Gerontology Research Centre (Sweden)

CASE (Poland)

BACKGROUND

The increased demand for long-term care has raised concerns about the sustainability of current funding arrangements in long-term care. In response to these concerns, countries have sought to improve the integration of health and long-term care, tap into the resources provided by informal carers, enhance personalization and person-centred care and improve prevention. The question remains however: which of the current policies and initiatives in each of these areas offers the best outcomes for the resources invested?

There are already a wealth of studies and evaluations carried out, whose findings, however, do not always trickle down to policy-makers and practitioners. Against this backdrop it is important to review existing evidence and derive policy recommendations.

AIMS

To carry out a synthesis of existing evidence on cost-effectiveness of interventions in long-term care around 5 themes:

  • Trends in disability across the EU
  • Prevention of dependency
  • Informal carers
  • Innovative care models and technologies (e.g. personalization and ICT)
  • Integrated care provision

METHODS

The project partners will review existing evidence through rapid reviews and case studies (the latter will include expert interviews) in each of the 5 themes mentioned above. The evidence gathered will feed into a modelling exercise to assess the cost-effectiveness of promising interventions identified in each theme. The project will also build a website repository of good practices to further the exchange of knowledge between European countries.

The team of the European Centre are co-coordinators of the themes innovative care models and technologies and integrated care provision.

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

Country chapters covering findings on each of the above-mentioned themes

Rapid reviews of existing evidence

In-depth analysis of promising initiatives

Thematic reports summarizing evidence and policy developments for each theme

PROJECT DURATION

2016/08 – 2018/07

FUNDED BY

DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission