Over the past years EuroSafe has initiated a series of projects and activities that enable researchers and policy makers at national and European level to better assess the economic and societal impact of injuries.
Two working groups have been active in this domain:
The Cost of Injury-Working Group
- To develop a tool to assess the societal costs of injuries in Europe as an aid to priority setting and risk management decision-making in injury control;
- To develop a model for the calculation of direct medical costs and a model for the calculation of other societal costs;
- To develop a framework for reporting the results of injury cost calculation to European as well as national policy makers and health care administration.
- Athens University Medical School, Greece
- Consumer Safety Institute, the Netherlands (coordination)
- Erasmus Medical Centre, the Netherlands
- Hillerød Sygehus - Frederiksborg Amts Sundhedsvæsen, Denmark
- Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, Austria
- Ministerio della Sanità, Italy
- Norwegian Ministry of Public Health, Norway
- Public Health Agency of Barcelona (ASPB)
- University of Wales, UK
- Measuring the costs of injury in Europe : a review of the state-of-the-art. This report consists of 3 main chapters, one for each of the 3 general methodologies for cost calculation: direct costs, indirect costs and human costs. Within each chapter, the concept is defined and then the methods for estimations are described: a description of the methods available, and the theoretical basis of the methods. The results found are presented as well as the methodological strengths and weaknesses. The conclusions are formulated with regard to the value of the methodologies, and recommendations of the methodologies applied, in the last section of each chapter.
- An annotated bibliography is also available. E.F. van Beeck, S. Mulder ; EuroSafe Working Group on the Costs of Injuries (1998)
- A surveillance based assessment of medical costs of injury in Europe (EUROCOST). The aim of the EU-sponsored EUROCOST project was to enhance the effective use of current European and national injury surveillance systems for policy decision-making, by adding information on the medical costs of injury. The objectives were to harmonise the available data on injury incidence and related health care consumption in all participating countries, to estimate medical costs of injury with a uniform method in those countries, and to explore the causes of international differences. Furthermore, an estimate of the medical costs of injury at EU level was obtained. This project was financed by the European Commission.
- A surveillance based assessment of medical cost of injury in Europe: Phase 1
- A surveillance based assessment of medical cost of injury in Europe: Phase 2
- The economic consequences of injury (APOLLO Working package 2). Within the framework of EUROCOST, a uniform method to calculate direct medical costs of injury was developed and applied to ten EU countries. In the APOLLO-project the methodology as developed in the EUROCOST project is used to support EU countries in calculating the direct medical costs of injury, by developing a manual, guidelines and tools and making this method available on the EuroSafe-website. This project was financed by the European Commission.
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The Working Group on Quantifying post-injury levels of functioning and disability