First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
European Information System to Monitor Short and Long-Term Morbidity to Improve Quality of Care and Patient-Safety for Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants [EURONEOSTAT]
We aim to develop an Information System to assess quality of health care delivered to very prematurely infants (birth weight less than 1.500 g and/or less than 32 wks) at different units, regions and ...
We aim to develop an Information System to assess quality of health care delivered to very prematurely infants (birth weight less than 1.500 g and/or less than 32 wks) at different units, regions and EU countries. This could contribute to improve the health status of those high-risk infants, and detect any outcome inequalities that might exist, by:
1. create and validate a set of neonatal indicators to evaluate the specific rates of neonatal and post-neonatal mobility;
2. test the hypothesis that gestational age is a better indication of short- and long-term risks than birth weight;
3. use specific health indicators given by participating units for benchmarking to identify areas with opportunities to improve quality-of-care, and monitor their success, in selected areas, we will perform inter-regional comparisons to identify outcomes affected by variability of clinical practices and health delivery systems;
4. develop and validate a minimal follow-up dataset to assess the quality of life at 24 months, and an expanded questionnaire to be tested at selected institutions or regions;
5. assess the predictive value of perinatal indicators for the health status at 24 months; and develop software and tools to collect, transfer, validate, standardise and compare the perinatal and follow-up data collected, using up-to-date ICT.
Start date: 01/01/2006 - End date: 01/01/2009
Call: Health Information (Hi 2005)