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New Project: Scoping study on communication for successful cross-border public health information campaigns
The European Centre is part of a consortium that has been selected by DG SANCO to carry out a Scoping study on communication to address and prevent chronic diseases. The consortium is lead by ICF GHK and aims to provide an overview of the key issues on communication to address and prevent chronic disease; identify the differences in communicating about the major risk factors; and identify the characteristics of existing good practice. The focus of the study is on cross-border public health information campaigns regarding the most important risk factors for chronic conditions: tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diet. The study will be completed in the first half of 2015. Read more

New project started: SAVE
The European Centre's new project with funding from DG Employment, SAVE (Social Protection Assessment for Values and Effectiveness), is the first project in the Serbian framework of PROGRESS that deals with the cost-effectiveness and cost-efficiency of the social welfare system. The Centre's first stage of involvement with its Serbian partners has kicked off with a one-week study visit by Pieter Vanhuysse and Stefania Ilinca to visit diverse institutions and experts in Serbia to analyse the structure of care delivery and the progress in deinstitutionalization. Read more


New Policy Brief of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (OSB)
Ricardo Rodrigues is one of the co-authors (together with Stephanie Kumpunen and Lisa Trigg, of the LSE) of the newly published OSB Policy Brief, which reviews the literature on the measurement and reporting of quality information to aid the public in choosing health and long-term care providers, provide insights to support future investment in public reporting systems, and summarize strategies aiming to increase the use of reporting by patients and users.
This Policy Brief was published as part of a European Commission Seventh Framework Programme project, the European Union Cross-Border Care Collaboration (EUCBCC), in which the European Centre was a partner.
The Policy Brief can be accessed here.
Article in Literarni Noviny: 25 years of Czech welfare
Pieter Vanhuysse, contributed an article on twenty-five years of Czech welfare state development, 'Past successes, but trouble ahead', to the Czech news and arts weekly magazine Literární Noviny, in its special section on 25 years of Czech capitalism, reflecting on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
Original guidance on continence care for people with dementia living at home
Dementia and incontinence are among the key factors driving older people to move to a nursing home, but an increasing number of people with these symptoms – often not even diagnosed – are cared for at home. On 22 October Alzheimer Europe released a guideline for improving continence care for people with dementia living at home. This report closed an important gap as no such guidance had existed hitherto for the different stakeholders involved in this area of long-term care. Kai Leichsenring was among the experts who contributed to this original work that was compiled by Dianne Gove (Alzheimer Europe) in collaboration with experts in the fields of dementia, continence, general practice, psychology and policy development, as well as informal carers and people with dementia.


International Seminar Carsten Jensen: Cognitive Bias and the Politics of Health Care
Carsten Jensen (University of Aarhus) gave a seminar on patterns of employment in social services and the public sector in different EU Member States. He argued that citizens’ social policy opinions are strongly influenced by a simple heuristic: Are the recipients of social benefits deserving or not? There is strong evidence that the deservingness heuristic does not treat all social benefits alike, but especially tags recipients of health care benefits as deserving. This effect produces broad-based support among the public for health care – across levels of self-interest, media frames, ideological divides, and national cultures. Read more
Keynote at International Social Security Association research conference
Pieter Vanhuysse gave a keynote address in Jerusalem at the International Research Conference 2014 of the International Social Security Association. Entitled 'Ensuring adequate and sustainable social security', the conference included presentations by Eldar Shafir (Princeton), David Gottlieb (National Insurance Institute, Israel), Hans-Horst Konkolewsky (ISSA Secretary General) and Errol Frank Stoové (ISSA President)
Palliative care to improve quality of life
The 2014 EU Declaration on Palliative Care was presented at the final conference of two EU FP7 Projects (impact and EURO-impact) on 15 October in Brussels. Kai Leichsenring participated in a panel discussion to highlight palliative care as an important component in constructing integrated long-term care systems across Europe. The Declaration promotes among other issues a paradigm shift in health and social care towards basic palliative care skills for all health care professionals and the establishment of mechanisms to continuously monitor and improve quality of and access to palliative care.