Evaluating care across borders

Dates: May 2010 – October 2013
Funder: European Commission
ECOHOST staff involved: Martin McKee, Keti Glonti
Description: The aim of this project is to facilitate a process whereby Europe’s citizens can make informed choices about whether to seek health care in another Member State, and if they so choose, to ensure that the administrative and clinical processes are straightforward and ensure continuity of care. It takes as its starting point the recent draft Directive on Patients’ Rights, augmented by the existing body of research on cross-border care. It then focuses on those areas where the necessary information is incomplete and seeks to fill the gaps. ECAB firstly examines five aspects of health care delivery where it will be necessary for procedures to be compatible if patients are to be assured that the care they receive is safe, of adequate quality, and capable of providing continuity where some parts of the overall care process are provided in different Member States. These are: provisions with regard to the continuing quality health professionals; treatment pathways; content and scope of medical records; medical prescribing; public reporting of quality; and long-term care including media reporting. Secondly, it looks at three areas where there is already cross-border collaboration to identify practical issues that have arisen, and how they have or have not been addressed. These areas of practice are collaborations between hospitals in border areas, telemedicine, and dentistry.
Collaborators: LSE Health

Key Publications:

Solé, M., Panteli, D., Risso-Gill, I., McKee, M., Busse, R., H. Legido-Quigley (2014) How do medical doctors in the European Union demonstrate that they continue to meet criteria for registration and licencing? Clinical Medicine. In press.

Saliba, V, Vella M, et al Knai C. (2014) Clinicians’, policy makers‘ and patients’ views of pediatric crossborder care between Malta and the UK. J Health Serv Res Policy. 19(3):153-160

Warren E, Footman K, Tinelli M, McKee M, Knai C. (2014) Do cancer-specific websites meet patient’s information needs? Patient Education and Counselling Patient Educ Couns. 95(1):126-36

Glonti K, Hawkesworth S, Doupi P, Doering N, Panteli D, Baeten R, Gil J, Kiasuwa R, Ruppe G, Winkelman J, Busse R, McKee M, Knai C. (2013) An exploratory analysis of hospital discharge summaries across Europe. Eur J Public Health 23 (suppl 1): doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckt126.044

Media: ‘Evaluating Care Across Borders’ Film

For further information, please visit: http://www.ecabeurope.eu/