Senior Professor Inger Ekman, former GPCC Centre Director, chaired CostCares, a COST Action which involved 28 European countries that aimed to design, evaluate and secure financing for different healthcare systems, and to test person-centred care in different countries in Europe with different health care systems. COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks.
High quality affordable health care
The aim of the experimental healthcare systems was to generate data on how future healthcare should be developed to deliver high quality care and at the same time be affordable for individuals and society.
The picture above is a collage from the digital conference held in March 2021 with the aim of developing a new working plan for person-centred care. Information about the conference and recording that can be viewed on CostCare's YouTube channel.
Results from the collaboration within the CostCares project
A framework from the EU project WE CARE Health-care improvements in a financially constrained environment (Ekman et al) has been tested and presented in two scientific publications. The framework consists of "Enablers" who are identified as central in the implementation of person centering in health care.
- Testing cost containment of future healthcare with maintained or improved quality - The COSTCARES project (Swedberg K et al.)
- Implementation of Person-Centered Care: A Feasibility Study Using the WE-CARE Roadmap (Lewandowski RA et al.)
Book about person-centred care
Within the framework of the COSTCARES project, 33 authors from 14 different countries have also written a book Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Person-Centered Healthcare (Editors: Kriksciuniene D and Sakalauskas V). The book deals with person centering in health care from different perspectives such as philosophy, economics and organization in 12 chapters.
The CostCare project website
The WeCare project