Governmental and funding organisations in a number of EU Member States and other countries have expressed the ambition to learn more systematically from the organisation of care in other settings, with the support of research organisations and others. Systematically learning from other countries on how health services can be organised and provided is a key element in the widely shared ambition to identify and implement successful strategies for improving care, both for individuals and populations, not the least for vulnerable citizens and patient groups.
The overall aim of the proposed TO-REACH project is to do the groundwork for establishing a joint European research programme on health services and systems (e.g. through an ERA-NET or other means) that contributes to the resilience, effectiveness, equity, accessibility, sustainability and comprehensiveness of health services and systems.
To achieve this central aim, TO-REACH will have two main work streams.
- To prepare, conceptually and methodologically, an international research programme on cross-border learning from good models of care and the conditions needed to transfer and implement these from one setting to another.
- To enhance sustainable cooperation between funding bodies as well as their link with other existing or upcoming funders networks in order to facilitate such a joint international research programme.