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ECHO : health care performance assessment in several European health systems. / Bernal-Delgado, E.; Christiansen, T.; Bloor, K.; Caixeiro Mateus, Ceu; Yazbeck, A. M.; Munck, J.; Bremner, J.; ECHO Consortium.

In: European Journal of Public Health, Vol. 25 , No. Suppl 1, 02.2015, p. 3-7.

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Bernal-Delgado, E, Christiansen, T, Bloor, K, Caixeiro Mateus, C, Yazbeck, AM, Munck, J, Bremner, J & ECHO Consortium 2015, 'ECHO: health care performance assessment in several European health systems', European Journal of Public Health, vol. 25 , no. Suppl 1, pp. 3-7. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cku219

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Bernal-Delgado, E., Christiansen, T., Bloor, K., Caixeiro Mateus, C., Yazbeck, A. M., Munck, J., ... ECHO Consortium (2015). ECHO: health care performance assessment in several European health systems. European Journal of Public Health, 25 (Suppl 1), 3-7. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cku219

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Bernal-Delgado E, Christiansen T, Bloor K, Caixeiro Mateus C, Yazbeck AM, Munck J et al. ECHO: health care performance assessment in several European health systems. European Journal of Public Health. 2015 Feb;25 (Suppl 1):3-7. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/cku219

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Bernal-Delgado, E. ; Christiansen, T. ; Bloor, K. ; Caixeiro Mateus, Ceu ; Yazbeck, A. M. ; Munck, J. ; Bremner, J. ; ECHO Consortium. / ECHO : health care performance assessment in several European health systems. In: European Journal of Public Health. 2015 ; Vol. 25 , No. Suppl 1. pp. 3-7.

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title = "ECHO: health care performance assessment in several European health systems",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: Strengthening health-care effectiveness, increasing accessibility and improving resilience are key goals in the upcoming European Union health-care agenda. European Collaboration for Health-Care Optimization (ECHO), an international research project on health-care performance assessment funded by the seventh framework programme, has provided evidence and methodology to allow the attainment of those goals. This article aims at describing ECHO, analysing its main instruments and discussing some of the ECHO policy implications.METHODS: Using patient-level administrative data, a series of observational studies (ecological and cross-section with associated time-series analyses) were conducted to analyze population and patients' exposure to health care. Operationally, several performance dimensions such as health-care inequalities, quality, safety and efficiency were analyzed using a set of validated indicators. The main instruments in ECHO were: (i) building a homogeneous data infrastructure; (ii) constructing coding crosswalks to allow comparisons between countries; (iii) making geographical units of analysis comparable; and (iv) allowing comparisons through the use of common benchmarks.CONCLUSION: ECHO has provided some innovations in international comparisons of health-care performance, mainly derived from the massive pooling of patient-level data and thus: (i) has expanded the usual approach based on average figures, providing insight into within and across country variation at various meaningful policy levels, (ii) the important effort made on data homogenization has increased comparability, increasing stakeholders' reliance on data and improving the acceptance of findings and (iii) has been able to provide more flexible and reliable benchmarking, allowing stakeholders to make critical use of the evidence.",
keywords = "Benchmarking, Cooperative Behavior, Delivery of Health Care, Europe, European Union, Health Policy, Health Services Administration, Health Services Research, Healthcare Disparities, Humans, Internationality, Quality Indicators, Health Care, Quality of Health Care, Safety Management",
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RIS

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T2 - health care performance assessment in several European health systems

AU - Bernal-Delgado, E.

AU - Christiansen, T.

AU - Bloor, K.

AU - Caixeiro Mateus, Ceu

AU - Yazbeck, A. M.

AU - Munck, J.

AU - Bremner, J.

AU - ECHO Consortium

N1 - © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.

PY - 2015/2

Y1 - 2015/2

N2 - BACKGROUND: Strengthening health-care effectiveness, increasing accessibility and improving resilience are key goals in the upcoming European Union health-care agenda. European Collaboration for Health-Care Optimization (ECHO), an international research project on health-care performance assessment funded by the seventh framework programme, has provided evidence and methodology to allow the attainment of those goals. This article aims at describing ECHO, analysing its main instruments and discussing some of the ECHO policy implications.METHODS: Using patient-level administrative data, a series of observational studies (ecological and cross-section with associated time-series analyses) were conducted to analyze population and patients' exposure to health care. Operationally, several performance dimensions such as health-care inequalities, quality, safety and efficiency were analyzed using a set of validated indicators. The main instruments in ECHO were: (i) building a homogeneous data infrastructure; (ii) constructing coding crosswalks to allow comparisons between countries; (iii) making geographical units of analysis comparable; and (iv) allowing comparisons through the use of common benchmarks.CONCLUSION: ECHO has provided some innovations in international comparisons of health-care performance, mainly derived from the massive pooling of patient-level data and thus: (i) has expanded the usual approach based on average figures, providing insight into within and across country variation at various meaningful policy levels, (ii) the important effort made on data homogenization has increased comparability, increasing stakeholders' reliance on data and improving the acceptance of findings and (iii) has been able to provide more flexible and reliable benchmarking, allowing stakeholders to make critical use of the evidence.

AB - BACKGROUND: Strengthening health-care effectiveness, increasing accessibility and improving resilience are key goals in the upcoming European Union health-care agenda. European Collaboration for Health-Care Optimization (ECHO), an international research project on health-care performance assessment funded by the seventh framework programme, has provided evidence and methodology to allow the attainment of those goals. This article aims at describing ECHO, analysing its main instruments and discussing some of the ECHO policy implications.METHODS: Using patient-level administrative data, a series of observational studies (ecological and cross-section with associated time-series analyses) were conducted to analyze population and patients' exposure to health care. Operationally, several performance dimensions such as health-care inequalities, quality, safety and efficiency were analyzed using a set of validated indicators. The main instruments in ECHO were: (i) building a homogeneous data infrastructure; (ii) constructing coding crosswalks to allow comparisons between countries; (iii) making geographical units of analysis comparable; and (iv) allowing comparisons through the use of common benchmarks.CONCLUSION: ECHO has provided some innovations in international comparisons of health-care performance, mainly derived from the massive pooling of patient-level data and thus: (i) has expanded the usual approach based on average figures, providing insight into within and across country variation at various meaningful policy levels, (ii) the important effort made on data homogenization has increased comparability, increasing stakeholders' reliance on data and improving the acceptance of findings and (iii) has been able to provide more flexible and reliable benchmarking, allowing stakeholders to make critical use of the evidence.

KW - Benchmarking

KW - Cooperative Behavior

KW - Delivery of Health Care

KW - Europe

KW - European Union

KW - Health Policy

KW - Health Services Administration

KW - Health Services Research

KW - Healthcare Disparities

KW - Humans

KW - Internationality

KW - Quality Indicators, Health Care

KW - Quality of Health Care

KW - Safety Management

U2 - 10.1093/eurpub/cku219

DO - 10.1093/eurpub/cku219

M3 - Journal article

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VL - 25

SP - 3

EP - 7

JO - European Journal of Public Health

JF - European Journal of Public Health

SN - 1101-1262

IS - Suppl 1

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