Year 2008 - number 3

Page updated on January 23rd, 2009

Euphoric newsletter 
A project funded by European Commission - DG SANCO

This EUPHORIC newsletter which should have been issued in early October has been delayed as a result of a bill, proposed by the Italian Government, designed to control civil-service spending.
The effect of the bill will provoke the lay-off of hundreds of non-permanent staff at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) and tens of thousands of civil servants in Italy (including about 8,000 public research personnel) depriving the ISS of an indispensable resource and constituting a great threat to research in Italy. For more information, see two recent essays published in "Nature": "New law threatens Italian research jobs" and "Cut-throat savings".

The section dedicated to outcome indicators of the Euphoric project is enhanced with a new tool: a browseable database to consult relative information regarding types of databases, active registers and procedures to calculate outcome indicators in the participating countries. As well as the summary sheets of the indicators that were selected for each of the nine areas of pathology, there are presently available all the data which permitted to define the necessary tools and operative conditions in order to launch the pilot phase. Equipped with a user-friendly interface, the database can be consulted by choosing from among the following browseable criteria: country, area of pathology, procedure adopted, data source, and indicators.

There are minutes online of numerous meetings organized by the partners of the Euphoric project.  Among the available material, there are notably the minutes of the meeting to coordinate the orthopaedics pilot (16 June, Helsinki - PDF 62 KB) for 2008 and, for 2007, the list of Euphoric meetings numbers III (24 April, Luxemburg - PDF 38 KB) and IV (9 October, Helsinki - PDF 58 KB). As well for 2007, there is of particular importance the minutes of the 8 October meeting held at Helsinki in order to discuss the statistical aspects (PDF 28 KB) of the project. Consult all the minutes on the site.

In order to facilitate the writing up of standardized reports and to guarantee the comparability of the interim reports, in 2007 the Euphoric project (initially divided into three phases: survey, pilot study and diffusion of results) was reorganized in six work packages (WP), each one being linked to specific objectives and activities. Read the description of the 6 work packages.

New and more exhaustive definitions have been added to the glossary by including technical expressions and unedited methodologies and by updating those that have already been published. In the new version of the glossary, one or more explanations correspond to each term according to the meaning given to each word in the three disciplines: epidemiology (E), statistics (St) and public health (PH). The relative indications referring to possible synonyms, bibliographical references as well as websites of interest adhere to this criterion of classification.

The two objectives of these summary sheets are to outline a general profile of the health systems of the countries that participate in the Euphoric project and describe the means used to gather health data. They are published on the pages dedicated to “Participants” of the project and can be downloaded in PDF format.  For each country a file provides a brief description on:

  • political and demographical situations
  • organization of the health system at the local and regional levels
  • methodologies used in the collection of health data.

See the documents.

On 16 September, the European Patients’ Forum launched an appeal to the European Parliament calling for a greater commitment in guaranteeing patients better quality in healthcare assistance and furthering the Parliament’s involvement in the debate on health policies. Equal and immediate access to treatment, improved resources and information, patient involvement are the areas in which the document calls for immediate intervention on the part of the European Union.
Download patients’ manifesto (PDF 1 MB) and visit the EPF site.

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The Euphoric project (European public health outcome research and indicators collection) is funded by the European Commission (Directorate General for "Health and Consumers"), under the Programme of community action in the field of public health (2003–2008). It focuses on the strand of action “to improve information and knowledge for the development of public health”.
This newsletter was produced by a contractor for Directorate General for "Health and Consumers" and represents the views of the contractor or author. These views have not been adopted or in any way approved by the Commission and do not necessarily represent the view of the Commission or the Directorate General for "Health and Consumers".