The expert group on Health Systems Performance Assessment (HSPA) was activated in the autumn of 2014. It was mandated to focus each year on a particular policy area and to identify tools and methodologies to support national policy makers in developing HSPA in that specific area.
Following its first report in April 2016 on the assessing the quality of care (So What? Strategies across Europe to assess quality of care), the expert group directed its focus on to the assessment of integrated care. This area is a fundamental component of health system reforms: it is considered central to addressing challenges due to population ageing, the rising burden of chronic diseases and constraints in public resources. However, in spite of its political relevance there is a lack of widely available information in terms of tools, methodologies and indicators to assess this area of care delivery.