self-management interventions should be included in clinical guidelines?

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self-management interventions are most cost-effective in practice?

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self-management interventions work best for my condition?

What is the COMPAR-EU project?

What is the COMPAR-EU project?

COMPAR-EU is a multimethod, inter-disciplinary project that will contribute to bridging the gap between current knowledge and practice of self-management interventions. COMPAR-EU aims to identify, compare, and rank the most effective and cost-effective self-management interventions (SMIs) for adults in Europe living with one of the four high-priority chronic conditions: type 2 diabetes, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary

disease, and heart failure. The project will provide support for policymakers, guideline developers and professionals to make informed decisions on the adoption of the most suitable self-management interventions through an IT platform, featuring decision-making tools adapted to the needs of a wide range of end users (including researchers, patients, and industry).

An EU-Funded Project Supporting Self-Management

Find out more about the project in this video.

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Key elements & benefits of patient self-management

Thanks to all interviewee who participated in this video that we have recorded at the European Patients´ Forum Congress 2019.


Now published: four lay summaries

A lay summary is a brief summary of a research project that is used to explain complex ideas and technical [...]

Consortium meeting in Hamburg

This year, we were finally able to meet in person again. Our consortium meeting took place from October 22 to [...]

Self-management Europe Alert #2

Welcome to the second issue of the Alert of Self-Management Europe. These Alerts aim to contribute to greater awareness and [...]


IHF World Hospital Congress 2021

The 44th IHF  World Hospital Congress is being hosted by La [...]

14th European Public Health Conference 2021

This year´s theme of EPH Conference 2021 is Our Food, [...]

Self Care Week

Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses [...]


Development and user-testing of a web-based patient decision aid for self-management interventions

Decision aids are tools that can be used by clinicians and patients to support shared decision-making about health care options. COMPAR-EU decision-aids are interactive web-based tools and are available in several languages.

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Scientific Articles


A review of methods for addressing components of interventions in meta-analysis

Many healthcare interventions are complex, consisting of multiple, possibly interacting, components. Several methodological articles addressing complex interventions in the meta-analytical context have been published. We hereby provide an overview of methods used to evaluate the effects of complex interventions with meta-analytical models. We summarized the methodology, highlighted new developments, and described the benefits, drawbacks, and potential challenges of each identified method.

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Work Packages

COMPAR-EU is based on a multimethod, interdisciplinary approach. The project exists of three main phases and is divided into ten work packages (WP), integrating partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain.

*WP1 and WP10 are not presented in the figure as they draw on the entire project. The objective of WP1 is to ensure compliance with the ethics requirements. WP10 addresses the overall strategic project coordination and management.

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