ECAB Europe






WP1 workpackage on health care professionals

Lead beneficiary: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Dr Helena Legido-Quigley



  • To undertake a mapping exercise to identify Europe-wide medical professional bodies engaged in the development of guidelines and standards

  • To describe the procedures for maintaining professional standards in each Member State and to assess the criteria used in disciplinary measures taken against physicians

  • To describe the scope of practice, skills and experience of designated specialists in EU Member States

  • To describe the mechanisms for redress (legal and administrative) in the event of medical errors in each Member State and determine the extent to which they are compatible


  • Survey among professional organizations to identify activities being undertaken to define quality standards, to assess the quality of the procedures used to develop guidelines, and the extent to which they have been implemented.

  • Identify a representative sample of four different types of specialist. Questionnaire to describe the facilities they have access to, the scope of practice, and complete a diary describing their pattern of work over a two week period (six Member States).

  • Survey among the medical regulatory bodies in the EU to describe the systems in place to maintain professional standards in each Member State. Each body will review a series of vignettes, that each describe hypothetical behaviour. These will then be compared across countries.

  • Use of vignettes, describing examples of medical errors, to describe the procedures that would take place to achieve redress for patients in each Member State.

For publications related to this work package, please click here.


WP1 Health care professionals
WP2 Treatment pathways in Different Countries
WP3 Medical Records and Systems of Data Collection
WP4 Prescription and Medicines
WP5 Patient Choice & Public Reporting
WP6 Long Term Care
WP7 Hospital Collaborations
WP8 Telemedicine/eHealth
WP9 Cross-border Care in Dentistry
WP10 Media Reporting of Quality of Care
WP11 Assessment of the Scale of Cross-border Care
WP12 Potential Implications: Lessons Learnt; Policy Recommendations
WP13 Dissemination
WP14 Project Management

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