NIVEL and its consortium partners involved in the EU funded ICARE4EU project (Innovating care for people with multiple chronic conditions in Europe; www.icare4eu.org) proudly present five Policy Briefs that could help policymakers in European countries to adapt their health systems to better meet the needs of their citizens with multimorbidity.
Some 50 million Europeans live with multimorbidity and their numbers are likely to grow. These people have complex health problems and need ongoing care from multiple care professionals and organizations. Policymakers all over Europe are alarmed by the challenge this poses to their health systems and social services; many have put multimorbidity high on their policy agenda. The European Commission has funded the ICARE4EU project (DG SANTE’s Health programme) to help policy makers to learn from new approaches to integrated care and to share the experiences of innovative practices in European countries.
These Policy Briefs are based on information from about a hundred integrated care initiatives identified by country experts all over Europe. They consider: how to improve the design of integrated care for people with multimorbidity; how to make new care models more applicable; and how to make implementation more effective.