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Electronic standard coding and mapping of services for long-term care [eDESDE-LTC] [2007116] - Project
General objectives

eDESDE-LTC aims at developing an operational system for coding, mapping and comparing services for long-term care (LTC) across EU. The system will include
- standard classification of main types of care for persons with LTC needs,
- an instrument for mapping and standard descriptions of services,
- a webpage,
- a training package.

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

The existing national listings of long term care services do not provide an adequate framework for patient mobility. The project seeks to improve EU listing and access to relevant sources of healthcare information via development of semantic inter-operability in e-health (coding and listing of services for LTC); to enhance effective networking of LTC services in the EU; to increase access to relevant sources of information on LTC services, and to improve linkages between national and regional websites; and to foster cooperation with international organizations (OECD). The added value is related to the right of “having access to high-quality healthcare when and where it is needed” by EU citizens.

Methods and means

The group will develop eDESDE-LTC based on previous experience in related systems for mental health in EU (ESMS), and in ES for disabilities (DESDE) and ageing (DESDAE). A Delphi panel made by 7 partners will develop a DESDE-LTC beta version. This version will be translated into 6 languages and feasibility will be tested in 6 countries using focal groups. A final version will be developed by the Delphi panel with this information. Then a webpage, a training material and course will be developed. eDESDE-LTC will be piloted in three EU countries. National health and social agencies, NGOs as well as international organizations (OECD) will also participate. Usability will be analysed and impact analysis will be made.

Expected outcomes period

The project`s outcome will be an operational system of long-term care coding and description, which will be useful for EU comparisons and for improving access on long-term care information.

Start date: 01/07/2008
End date: 01/02/2011
Duration: 31 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
EC Contribution: € 269 055,00
Portfolio: Healthcare, eHealth