Progetti

Medical guidelines and recommendations: how do they affect medical treatment?

01.01.2013

Prof. Dr. Matthias Schwenkglenks, financing: Swiss National Science Foundation

Medical guidelines and recommendations: how do they affect medical treatment?

2016 – ongoing
Prof. Dr. Matthias Schwenkglenks, financing: Swiss National Science Foundation

Background

The demand for medical services not only changes over time, but also differs considerably from region to region. The reasons include medical progress, the changing needs of people and the different priorities given to preventive measures. Huge regional differences can also point to an undersupply or oversupply of medical services to certain population groups. This has serious consequences for public health and the costs of healthcare, particularly in the field of chronic diseases. The objective of the study is to identify and describe regional differences in the treatment of chronic diseases. Particular attention is paid to the effect of medical guidelines and recommendations on the choice of treatment. New insights should be gained on how to improve the benefits of recommendations. As a first step, possible treatment options for selected chronic diseases are identified and the relevant medical guidelines and recommendations analysed. As a second step, Helsana’s statement data are used to investigate regional differences in treatment. The link between the choice of treatment and the available medical guidelines and recommendations is also analysed. The third step is to investigate how regional differences in treatment affect the costs of healthcare, hospitalisation and mortality, if relevant. The study provides an overview of the medical guidelines and recommendations for the treatment of chronic diseases. It shows how these guidelines and recommendations affect the choice of treatment, and offers suggestions for improvements to counter the over- or undersupply of medical services to chronically ill patients.

Cooperation

University of Zurich, Helsana