COMPAR-EU: comparing self-management interventions in four chronic conditions in Europe, on (cost) effectiveness

Duration: Jan 2018 - ongoing

Background and aim
COMPARE-EU aims to identify, compare and rank the most effective and cost-effective self-management interventions (SMIs) for adults in Europe with the four high-priority chronic diseases: type 2 diabetes, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart failure. COMPAR-EU will contribute to supporting tailored decisions on the adoption of the most suitable self-management interventions through an IT platform featuring decision-making tools adapted to the needs of a wide range of end users (policy makers, guideline developers, healthcare professionals, patients, and industry).

The project will apply network meta-analysis: an extension of traditional meta analysis which allows multiple (rather than pair-wise) comparisons of intervention effectiveness.
- The work will be based on a validated taxonomy of self-management interventions and prioritise outcomes from the patient´s perspective.
- The cost-effectiveness will be estimated and the contextual factors associ-ated with the self-management interventions implementation will be analysed.
- Based on the analysis we will develop and pilot decision-making tools to facilitate and disseminate the most effective self-management interventions to key target end users.

A multiprong strategy for exploitation of the research findings will be developed, leading to clear business cases for self-management interventions implementation in different contexts in the heterogeneous EU health system contexts.
The research project addresses the need to provide additional evidence in a field that is crucially important for the management of chronic conditions. At the same time, all our efforts are focused on the practical implementation of the research evidence supporting SMEs and other commercial partners, as well as governments, clinicians and managers in the diffusion of the innovations generated from this project, and supporting EU competitiveness in a globally emerging market.

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Project partners
Avedis Donabedian Research Institute, Spain; European Patients’ Forum (EPF); Institute for Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA), The Netherlands; Fundació Privada Institut de Recerca de l´Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (IR-HSCSP), Spain; OptiMedis AG Consulting Organization, Germany; University of Ioannina (UOI), Greece