Quality and costs of primary care in Europe (QUALICOPC)
05 / 2010 - 09 / 2013
International studies have provided evidence on benefits of well developed primary care systems. However, since the relevance of some of this research for the European situation is limited, more in-depth analyses are needed to corroborate these findings. QUALICOPC aims to evaluate primary care systems in Europe against criteria of quality, equity and costs. Data collection in 31 countries in Europe by means of two surveys: one among GPs and another among users / patients in primary care. Additionally, external data sources will be used, like: the System of Health Accounts (developed by Eurostat and OECD); the Health Care Quality Indicators Project (by OECD) and the PHAMEU data base (product from a EU DG Sanco funded European project). The study will show what strong primary care systems entail and which effects they have on the performance of overall health care systems.