FCT

R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Ciências da Saúde

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Estudos e Investigação em Saúde da Universidade de Coimbra [HESC-Centro-Coimbra-4066] visitada em 12/02/2008

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
The “Centre for Health Studies and Research of the University of Coimbra (CEISUC)” was created about 10 years ago in the Faculty of Economics. It comprises two main research lines: “Health systems analysis” and “Health outcomes measurement”. An analysis of its publications shows a large number in the Portuguese language, a considerable number in book form, what is understandable given the kind of research that the Unit carries out. Besides, the Unit has also produced a number of English publications in specialized journals, sometimes in collaboration with foreign groups. To achieve more visibility both at the national and international levels it is important that the Unit publishes the results of its research in journals of higher impact, besides making other more strategic publications for the Portuguese market.
The members of the Unit participate in many international projects such as with the University of Sheffield in the UK and European consortia (EUROPEP: European taskforce for patient satisfaction in primary care; IMPROVE: Implementation of patient involvement instruments to improve General Practice Care for older people in Europe). Furthermore the Unit has been the host of scientific meetings at the national level and also participated in the organization of international meetings.
Several PhD theses were reported. Besides, the group reports a long list of MSc theses most of which were completed or are still being completed. The PhD students come from different backgrounds (economics, mathematics, psychology, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy), but are committed to doing research in the field of Health Economics and associated areas. The theses show a considerable emphasis on studies related to assessing the quality of life of patients. There is, as yet, no formal PhD program but one is being set up. This should be a high priority for the Unit. Besides the Unit participates in the international “Marie Curie Training Program in applied Health Economics” program. The participation in such a program would be a major incentive for increasing the visibility of the Unit in the Portuguese health community.
In general, the Unit would benefit considerably from the creation of a strong Network of groups dedicated to promoting and implementing research in the field of Health Outcomes measurements and Health Economics. Such a network should include Medical Faculties, University Hospitals and other Health Institutions, Health Care organizations and professional institutions in this area. Such a Network is necessary in Portugal and the Unit could play a central role in setting it up, given the level of expertise already attained.
FCT could foster the development of a Network of groups of this kind led by this Unit; after a few years the results of this endeavour should be properly assessed.
Good, with the potential of becoming Very Good.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Avaliação do desempenho de sistemas de saúde [RG-HESC-Centro-Coimbra-4066-319]