05/20/2011 View this email in a web browser
Dear colleague,

This newsletter contains latest information on 'Health Services Research in Europe', aimed to contribute
to a policy-supportive European HSR agenda.

Final Policy Brief and end report launched
Our Policy Brief ‘HSR: Helping tackle Europe’s health care challenges’ is now online (link: It gives an overview of main priorities for future HSR and
suggestions on how to enhance its contribution to policy. Thank you to all experts who responded on
our consultations of its draft version! If you would like to receive hard copies, please contact us at Likewise, our full report is available at,
providing a detailed review of the literature and main challenges in e.g. health systems research,
health technology assessment on the use of performance indicators.

FP-7 Health Theme Orientation paper
An indication of topics for the next FP7 health theme call for proposals is just published at the
website of Cordis. Main theme in the area of public health is on health systems/services. It is
based in part on our roadmapping activities and those of the FP-7 FUTURAGE project, with
calls on e.g. patient involvement, skill mix, knowledge transfer and social innovation for the
ageing population. The final calls are expected to be published in July 2011.

Upcoming activities by HSR Europe
Should you be at any of the following events, you are more than welcome to join a session that
we are (co-)hosting:
• Sunday 12 June: plenary panel session on internationally comparative HSR at AcademyHealth’s
Annual Research Meeting in Seattle, with Diana Delnoij (The Netherlands), Robyn Tamblyn
(Canada) and Liz McGlynn (US), chaired by Richard Saltman.
• Thursday 23 June: masterclass session at EHMA’s annual conference in Porto on
identifying successful communication tools for HSR to be used in policy and practice,
with Nick Fahy, Mark McCarthy, Mattias Wismar and others, chaired by Dineke Zeegers.
• Wednesday 9 November: a full-day training session for HSR researchers/PhD
students as pre-conference to the 2011 European Public Health Conference in
Copenhagen, among others with the EUPHA section on HSR.

Other interesting activities and/or publications on HSR:
• Our colleagues at LSHTM and Rand are seeking your advice on criteria of ‘high quality’
cross-national comparisons on health systems and policies. You can share examples of
up to five cross-country comparisons you consider as ‘high quality’.
• 2012-13 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice: The
Commonwealth Fund invites applications from mid-career professionals from Australia,
Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK to
spend up to 12 months in the U.S. conducting a health policy research study. Application
deadline: September 12, 2011.
• A new website of Lancet UK Policy Matters aims to summarize existing evidence
on health-related policies in relevant policy areas (e.g. child health) and to provide
early indications of the impact of policy reforms.
• OECD and DG Sanco publish a new report on ‘Providing and Paying for Long-term
, dealing with issues such as attracting and retaining care workers, the balance
between private and public responsibility and improving efficiency of long-term care

Feedback and information
We greatly value any feedback, questions or information you wish to share. You can contact
us at The same applies in case you wish to add an event, publication
or international project to be highlighted in a future newsletter.

Kindest regards,

Johan Hansen PhD
HSR Europe