The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) of the Erasmus University (EUR) in Rotterdam (NL) has a strong international reputation in health services research in general, and in health economics (HE) research and health technology assessment (HTA) in particular. It is a multidisciplinary school in which knowledge and experience of various scientific disciplines such as economics, social-medical science, law, and organisational and policy sciences are brought together and applied to the health care sector. The school has 3 major research themes: competition and regulation in health care, quality and efficiency in health care, and management and organization of health care delivery.
At ESHPM, research and educational programmes are closely intertwined. The school offers a bachelor programme, five master programmes, and post-academic education. The school has built considerable experience with the management and coordination of EU-funded projects, having coordinated 4 Concerted Actions (CA), one Research and Technological Development (RTD) project, and 2 Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP-7) projects over the past years. The school participated as a partner in 7 additional FP-7 projects and is currently (September 2015) involved in 5 Horizon2020 projects, among which SELFIE.
SELFIE will be coordinated by prof.dr. Maureen Rutten-van Mölken, professor of Economic Evaluations of Innovative Health Care for Chronic Diseases and deputy director of the Institute for Medical Technology Assessment (IMTA), which is legally part of Erasmus University Holding. She obtained an MSc in Health Care Policy and Management at Maastricht University (1988), a PhD in Health Economics, also at Maastricht University (1994), and has had additional training in epidemiology and statistics. Her expertise includes both methodological as well as applied HTA research. During her 25 years of experience in this field, she has led many national and international economic evaluation studies, resulting in over 150 high-level publications in economic as well as medical journals. She has a special interest in cost-effectiveness studies of integrated care programs for chronic diseases and the design of financing and payment schemes to stimulate the implementation and use of these programs. She has recently led a project evaluating the cost-effectiveness of 22 different disease management programs across the Netherlands (for cardiovascular risk management, diabetes, COPD, stroke, and mental disorders). She has also done multiple randomized controlled trials on the cost-effectiveness of various complex interventions such as ‘hospital-at-home’, community-based rehabilitation and disease management programs for chronic diseases. While these projects were necessary to get a detailed understanding of integrated care, they also led to the recognition that the current methods of cost-effectiveness are insufficient to capture the broader societal benefits of integrated care. It is therefore that she has an interest in multi-criteria decision analysis.
Milad Karimi is a post-doctoral researcher working on the SELFIE project. He obtained his PhD from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. His PhD research focused on the underlying values that determine people’s health state preferences and the effect of deliberating on those values on people’s preferences. Prior to his PhD, Milad graduated with an MSc from the Health Economics, Policy and Law program at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. His dissertation topic was the healthcare utilization costs of patients with chronic diseases who were enrolled in disease management programs in the Netherlands.
Maaike completed a master’s degree in Health Economics, Policy and Law (HEPL) at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She now works as a PhD candidate on the SELFIE project.
Willemijn Looman is a post-doctoral researcher working on the SELFIE project. She graduated from the University of Groningen with a Research Master Behavioral and Social Sciences. She is a former PhD-student from the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her PhD-thesis focused on the (cost-) effectiveness of integrated care for frail older people. As part of her thesis, she developed frailty profiles using latent class analysis to explore to what extent the effectiveness of integrated care interventions differs between subpopulations of frail older people. Also, she was involved in a large evaluation study of a preventive, integrated care intervention for older people with mild cognitive impairments and dementia for a Dutch health insurer.
Apostolos Tsiachristas is a Senior Researcher at the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), University of Oxford, as well as at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM), Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main research interests are related to methodological developments and empirical applications in payment and economic evaluation of complex health interventions with a particular focus on integrated care. In this area, he has been involved in various large national research projects in the UK and the Netherlands and participated in European Commission funded research projects. Prior to his academic endeavours, Apostolos worked as a consultant at APE Public Economics bv, where he was preparing advisory reports for Dutch Ministries, Pharmaceutical companies, and the European Commission.
Prof. dr. Roland Bal is professor of health care governance. He holds an MSc from Maastricht University and a PhD from Twente University. His main research interest lies in the building, functioning, and consequences of knowledge infrastructures for the governance of health care, which he studies at different levels of healthcare systems. Projects related to this agenda are studies on national quality programs for the long term health sector and disease management programs in the Netherlands and of the Academic collaboratives for public health, as well as in the European framework sponsored Quaser study on quality management in European hospitals. Also, he is interested in the ways in which knowledge travels through healthcare systems and the use of quantifying and narrative techniques therein. These include studies of the development and implementation of ICT systems in healthcare settings, the effects of performance management systems and questions of (narrative and numerical) accountability. One of the main findings from his research is that experimentalist modes of governance as well as a fit between layers of steering are necessary prerequisites for successful policy-making. In the SELFIE project, these issues are prominent on the agenda.
Antoinette de Bont is associate professor of health care governance. She has more than 10 years’ experience in evaluation studies of care innovation and has published many scientific papers about the new roles of professions in health care organizations. She has coordinated many interdisciplinary research projects. Two years ago, she worked as a Harkness Fellow at Kaiser Permanente where she studied integrated ambulatory care.