According to the World Health Organization, “Better health is central to human happiness and well-being, [making] an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more.” Modern medicine and care delivery systems have played a significant role in this respect, improving people's health and life expectancy.
Despite these advances, wide gaps remain. Health systems in many countries are fragmented and inefficient, leading to wasted resources and suboptimal outcomes. Consumers are often shielded from information about the true costs of care. Reimbursement schemes focus more often on volume over value. Health care is expensive, and costs are expected to increase further due to aging populations, advances in health technologies, and the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases. We also know that health systems sometimes provide incentives for individuals to behave suboptimal, in terms of their own health but also in terms of the delivery of care. As a result, despite significant investments of money, time and human resources, the full value of health care is not always realized.
Developing policies that ultimately address the challenges of delivering appropriate and affordable care hence calls for innovative research. What distinguishes the CHPE is its interdisciplinary approach, bringing together and fostering dialogue among researchers from diverse backgrounds. The CHPE is also differentiated by its rigorous approach to research design, data sources, and analysis.
Our vision is a health system where the delivery and use, quality and overall value of care are studied, analyzed, and continuously improved.
The mission of the CHPE is to develop evidence-based insights that offer policy-makers and organizations a sound basis from which to take action that improves the health system, and ultimately the people's quality of life. Within the educational programs offered by the University of Lucerne, the CHPE is committed to supporting students in acquiring the essential skills needed to understand and develop innovative solutions for the challenges that complex health systems face at present and in the future.
The guiding principles of the CHPE are:
- a holistic perspective of health;
- an innovative research agenda and high quality research;
- a close collaboration with various stakeholders;
- evidence-based, practical solutions for implementation;
- effective dissemination of findings;
- excellence in teaching.
Thank you for your interest in the CHPE.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Boes, CHPE Director