Improving Quality of Care in Europe

Project: Research

Project Details


Improving quality of care has been given too little attention in health economic research in the past although it is the central goal of health care systems in Europe. The proposed ETN on “Improving Quality of Care in Europe (IQCE)” aims to address this gap and has the following aims: 1) Create new evidence and improve existing health economic research in the field of quality of care. Research gaps are addressed by empirical, theoretical and experimental approaches with a focus on innovative econometric methods using novel access to databases. 2) Establish a close link of the topical PhD projects to health policy and practice ensuring high relevance and practical applicability of results. Implementation of project results can potentially enhance performance of European health care systems. 3) Train PhD fellows to be experts in the field of quality of care and obtain excellent profiles for different career paths in health economic research or practice. 4) contribute to better coordination of currently fragmented health economic research in Europe. This will improve the competitive position of European health economic research. 5) serve as a model for joint doctorate programmes in health economics in Europe. This will drive the development of PhD programmes in health economics in Europe, which currently are scarce.
To address these aims, the research programme consists of research clusters: (a) effectiveness & safety, (b) efficiency, (c) access & equitability, and (d) acceptability (WP2-5). Clusters also define secondments and joint research activities of one cluster. Across clusters, scientific training courses, soft-skill-courses and research-in-progress workshops will provide new skills and ensure interaction and exchange between PhD fellows (WP6). The strong participation of the non-academic sector in courses, workshops, acting as hosts, providing research data, or acting as practice mentors for PhD fellows will ensure transfer of research into practice (WP7).
Effective start/end date01/01/201731/12/2020

Collaborative partners

  • University of Hamburg (Beneficiary) (lead)
  • University of York (Beneficiary)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (Beneficiary)
  • NOVA University Lisbon (Beneficiary)
  • Bocconi University (Beneficiary)
  • St. Jude Medical Coordination Center BVBA (Beneficiary)
  • University of Southern Denmark (Beneficiary)
  • EuHEA (Project partner)
  • Verband der Universitätsklinika Deutschlands e.V. (Project partner)
  • National Health Care Institute (Project partner)
  • Ministero della Salute (Project partner)
  • Serviço Nacional de Saúde (Project partner)
  • Techniker Krankenkasse (Project partner)
  • KL (Project partner)
  • Odense University Hospital (Project partner)
  • Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research (Project partner)
  • World Health Organization (Project partner)


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