“The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. […]
The Observatory is composed of a Steering Committee, core management team, research policy group and staff. The Observatory’s Secretariat is based in Brussels and has offices in London and Berlin.”
(European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Website,, accessed on 17 July 2009)
Target group:
Policy-makers and the public
The Observatory is committed to:
·         “working in partnership with researchers, research centres, governments and international organisations to comprehensively describe and analyse health systems and the changes they undergo;
·         utilising experience from across Europe to illuminate policy issues;
·         looking at selected developed countries outside Europe when the comparisons to be made or the expertise to be garnered support the countries of Europe in taking evidence based decisions;
·         bringing together a wide range of academics, policy-makers and practitioners to analyse trends in health policies and reforms; We aim to be shapers. We rely on others to act and implement.
·         communicating effectively with policy-makers through a range of dissemination strategies;
·         encouraging debate about issues raised by research developments;
·         drawing on the strengths of our partner organizations and networks to provide evidence-based advice to national policy-makers.”
(European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Website,, accessed on 17 July 2009)
“The Observatory is a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, the Veneto Region of Italy, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).” (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Website,, accessed on 17 July 2009)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, USA, Uzbekistan (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Website,, accessed on 17 July 2009)
Thematic focus: Health: diseases; health care; fundings; policies and law; health situation in specific countries and regions
Reporting methodology:
Reports and other publications based on research
Publication cycle:
No periodic publication cycle.
Special Reports such as Health system profiles (HiTs); studies; Eurohealth; EuroObserver; policy briefs
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