ROUTE-HWF aims to help EU Member States to improve timely access to high-quality healthcare across all EU regions, thus reducing disparities in population health.
- To provide a definition and taxonomy of the concept of medical deserts.
- To develop guidelines on how EU Member States can monitor and measure medical deserts at national and subnational levels.
- To analyse the factors that drive medical “desertification” and assess health workforce policy responses and approaches to medical deserts.
- To provide an optimal mix of policy responses and approaches to medical deserts depending on the type of medical desert.
- To develop a roadmap to help EU Member States in designing and implementing their own health workforce policies that address medical deserts.
Scope of action:
Rural and remote areas, deprived urban areas
- Policy makers
- Healthcare professionals (all types, all contexts, especially the ones working in deprived areas)
- University (healthcare professionals such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, physiotherapy)
Phases and main activities:
ROUTE-HWF consists of eight inter-related work packages (WPS):
- WP1: Coordination of the project
- WP2: Dissemination of the project
- WP3: Evaluation of the project
- WP4: Development of a definition and taxonomy of medical deserts
- WP5: Development of guidelines for monitoring and measuring medical deserts
- WP6: Development of the ROUTE-HWF roadmap
- WP7: Case studies on medical deserts
- WP8: Consensus-building workshop
The evaluation of ROUTE-HWF will have features of both a formative and summative evaluation. The formative evaluation is intended to ensure that the project tasks are being delivered effectively and efficiently and to ensure continual improvement of the ROUTE-HWF project. The summative evaluation will be used to assess whether the aims of the ROUTE-HWF project have been met.
- Characteristics of medical deserts and approaches to mitigate them: a scoping review (pending publication)
- Definition and taxonomy of the concept of medical desserts.
- Guidelines on how the EU Member States can monitor and measure medical deserts at the national and subnational level.
- In-depth insights on factors driving desertification and of HWF policy responses and approaches to medical deserts.
- Optimal mix of HWF policy responses and approaches to medical deserts per category of the taxonomy on medical deserts.
- Roadmap that will support the EU Members States in designing and implementing their workforce, actions and initiatives related to medical deserts.
Partners of the project:
- Instituto Universitario Avedis Donabedian
- Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)
- University of Vaasa
- Jagiellonian University Medical College
- University of Zagreb Medical School