Projects

Selected Projects

Sustainable Integrated Care Models For Multi-Morbidity: Delivery, Financing and Performance (SELFIE)

Principal Investigator: Thomas Czypionka
Project Members: Markus Kraus, Miriam Reiss, Susanna Ulinski, Astrid Segert
Project Duration: 2015-2019
Funding: European Commission, Horizon 2020
Project Website: http://www.selfie2020.eu/

Project Information: The project aims to contribute to the current state of knowledge on integrated chronic care (ICC) for persons with multi-morbidity and provide applicable policy advice. In this context it wants to generate evidence on two issues: identify promising ICC models and quantify their possible impact, and identify how financing/payment schemes can support patient experience, health outcomes, and costs considerations.

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Programs against Hepatitis C – An international overview

Principal Investigator: Thomas Czypionka
Project Members: Markus Kraus, Julia Janke, Frank Kronemann, Anja Kukuvec
Project Duration: 2015
Funding: Abb Vie GmbH

Project Information: The aim of the project is twofold: First, identify, describe and analyse programs and action plans against hepatitis C. Second, identify elements of international programs or action plans that could fruitfully be integrated into an Austrian program or action plan.

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Clinical Research in Austria

Principal Investigator: Thomas Czypionka
Project Members: Markus Kraus, Gerald Röhrling, Martin Unger, Angela Wroblewski, Anna Dibiasi, Andrea Leitner
Project Duration: 2015-2016
Funding: Österreichischer Wissenschaftsrat (ÖWR)

Project Information: The aim of the project is to compile the status quo of clinical research in Austria, covering issues like research topics, but also financing of and employment in research. Furthermore, the project aims to elaborate the integration of clinical research into medical schools and analyses its interface with the necessities posed by the provision of medical care.

Options for public funding for long-term care

Principal Investigator: Monika Riedel
Project Members:
Thomas Davoine, Philipp Poyntner, Gerlinde Titelbach
Project Duration: 2015
Funding: Ministry of Finance

Project Information: Currently, public funding for long-term care (LTC) in Austria relies on taxes. The project analyses alternative options for public financing of LTC with regard to distributional effects and macroeconomic effects, the latter including projections until 2065. Analysed funding options are (a) the introduction of a social LTC insurance levied on incomes that are also subject to social health insurance contributions, (b) a social LTC insurance levied on pension incomes only, and (c) a private LTC insurance.

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Capacity planning for health professionals

Principal Investigator: Monika Riedel
Project Members: Gerald Röhrling, Karin Schönpflug
Project Duration: 2015-2016
Funding: Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions

Project Information: The project compares selected health professions (dietitian, midwife, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, registered nurse, speech and language therapist) across five countries: Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands and UK. The comparison focuses on: education and registration requirements, available capacities and capacity planning.

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Disability pension due to mental illness

Principal Investigator: Thomas Czypionka
Project Members: Gerald Röhrling, Sarah Lappöhn, Alina Pohl
Project Duration: 2015-2016
Funding: Österreichischer Seniorenbund

Project Information: In Austria, an increasing share of disability pensions is granted due to mental illness. The project identifies causes for this development and derives possibilities for solutions by using relevant health and pension data, literature and international evidence.

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Health Economy Austria – An Economic Health Satellite Account for Austria

Principal Investigator: Thomas Czypionka
Project Members: Alexander Schnabl, Clemens Sigl, Julia-Rita Warmuth, Barbara Zucker
Project Duration: 2012-2014
Funding: Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Familie und Jugend

Project Information: In the political debate, healthcare is often seen as a mere cost component of public spending, and to this effect, a problem for fiscal stability. But the need for staying or getting healthy is also major driver of economic activity, leading to employment, value added and tax revenue. In this project we created an economic satellite account within and compatible with the Austrian input-output tables. With our satellite account, it is possible to follow the value chain of health related goods and services and to calculate the economic effects in much greater detail than with the common input-output tables. The satellite account also yields a more concise picture of effects caused by the "need for health" as it includes health related economic activity outside the core healthcare sector.

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Evaluation of the Psoriasis-Patient coach

Principal Investigator: Thomas Czypionka
Project Members: Gerald Röhrling
Project Duration: 2015-2016
Funding: Abb Vie GmbH

Project information: The “Psoriasis-Coach” is a pioneer-project for patients with psoriasis to improve their management of the disease. The project evaluates this intervention by using a patient questionnaire at the beginning and the end of the coaching, qualitative interviews and administrative data provided by the health insurance.

The economic burden of alcohol disease in Austria

Principal Investigator: Thomas Czypionka
Project Members: Markus Pock, Gerald Röhrling, Clemens Sigl
Project Duration: 2012-2013
Funding: Lundbeck Austria GmbH

Project information: We used a prevalence based approach to estimate the annual social costs of alcohol disease in Austria in 2011. Taking relative risks (RR) of alcohol-related diseases from international literature, we calculated alcohol-attributable fractions (SAF) for the Austrian population. Annual direct medical costs (public health expenditures) and direct non-medical costs (sick leave and long-term care allowances, invalidity pensions) were estimated at 374 Mio. and 38 Mio. EUR, resp. In addition, we derived annual indirect costs due to lost productivity from premature death and increased sick leaves. These costs were offset against the social benefits of alcohol, i.e. alcohol tax revenues and reduced old pension payments. We estimated the annual net costs of the alcohol disease in Austria at 738 Mio. EUR.

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