Universität Bielefeld

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Quality and Cost of Primary Care in Europe (EUprimecare)

The overall objective of this project is to use research methods to describe different primary care models in Europe, assess their quality in different dimensions – particularly access, equity and satisfaction - and determine their cost. We analyse variations of both quality and cost as they apply to specific organisational models in Europe, and we study the possible trade-offs between quality and costs in each model. Key research challenges are the following:

  • to apply an innovative approach to identify and describe European primary care models
  • to develop and pilot a methodology to study relevant healthcare costs at macro and micro-level, and
  • to combine surveys addressing perceptions of public and health professionals along with a review of clinical data to assess quality.

Project duration

01.01.2010 - 31.12.2012

Project funding


Project management/Contact person

Dr. Jürgen Breckenkamp

Prof. Dr. Oliver Razum

Cooperation partnership

  • Agencia de Evaluación de Tecnologías Sanitarias, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain (Coordination)
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
  • National Institute of Strategic Health Research, Hungary
  • Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
  • Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania
  • Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy
  • Országos Alapellátási Intézet, Hungary



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