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Center For Health Services Research
Department Of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics
Medical School, University Of Athens

The Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR) was established in 1998. It comes under the authority of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, Medical School (http://www.med.uoa.gr/), University of Athens (http://www.uoa.gr/). Yannis Tountas, Associate Professor in Social Medicine, is the Head of the CHSR. Since 2010, the CHSR is a WHO Collaborating Centre.

The CHSR has been intensively involved in planning, organising and evaluating programs and services of health promotion and education for many years. The CHSR is actively providing multiple types of training (vocational, undergraduate, graduate, professional) in health services and health promotion and education to various audiences. Additionally, the CHSR demonstrates a strong scientific interest through involving in research on health services and health promotion development and through producing original research articles, evaluation reports, tools and other publications. It has conducted over 100 studies and projects concerning health promotion and education programmes, epidemiological studies, studies of medical informatics, telemedicine, planning and sustainability of health services as well as studies about insurance agencies of various groups of the population. A number of institutions and organizations, such as the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity, the Social Insurance Institute, the Total Care Network, the network of European Master for Health Promotion and various hospitals and health services make use of the services offered by the CHSR. Moreover, the CHSR offers to Medical School of Athens the opportunity to cooperate in the field of health services, health promotion and health education with university institutions of other countries – mainly members of European Union.

The CHSR is the official organization that provides full scientific support to three national networks related to health promotion initiatives in Greece: the National Network of Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH), the National Network for Workplace Health Promotion and the National Network of Health Promoting Municipalities. The National Network of HPH is activated through scientific events, educational programmes and interventions in the fields of health promotion and education aiming at promoting the health of patients and employees, improving the organizational and physical environment in hospitals and developing co-operations with local communities. The network is a member of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals (initiated by WHO Europe in 1993). The National Network for Workplace Health Promotion functions under the auspices of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) and aims at the development of supportive substructures for workplace health promotion at a national level. The operation of the network is based on the globally accepted principles and values of workplace health promotion, a corporate strategy which aims to prevent ill-health at the workplace, enhance health potentials and improve physical, mental and social well-being of people at work. The National Network of Health Promoting Municipalities aims at assisting each municipality to protect and improve the health of residents through the implementation of health promoting and educative activities and providing knowledge and tools to municipalities and their official representatives so as to develop substructures, policies and national/ European collaborations enabling community action health.

Contact
Center for Health Services Research, Medical School of Athens
25 Alexandroupoleos st., 115 27 Athens, Greece
TEL: +30 210 7222723
e-mail: chsr@med.uoa.gr

Staff and Facilities
The activities of the CHSR are supported by permanent staff and scientific associates – partners, including medical doctors specialized in public health and social medicine, epidemiologists, economists, experts in health management, statisticians and health counselors. The library of the CHSR offers a number of international and Greek publications and scientific journals with topics ranging from health promotion and education, history of medicine, epidemiology, health services and health systems, etc. Moreover, visitors can find more specialized topics of interest, such as nutrition, smoking, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, etc.


RESEARCH & EDUCATION (selected)

‘Promotion of Child Psychosocial Development and Prevention of Difficulties in the Childcare Context’ (2013-2015). The project is embedded in the area of child mental health promotion and prevention of psychosocial difficulties. It aims at developing and assessing training and intervention methods addressing childcare practitioners at various settings so as to promote the socio-emotional health of children (three to six years old). The project involves four steps (in chronological order): Development of methods for the promotion of children’s psychosocial development and the prevention of difficulties in the childcare context. Development of evaluation measures to assess expected outcomes. Implementation of the developed procedures and pilot evaluation of their efficacy. Revision of developed procedures and production of final versions of the training manual and evaluation measures. The project contributes to the development of effective universal services for mental health promotion with characteristics that will have the flexibility to be incorporated in various the childcare structures. It extends previous European projects on children’s mental health promotion through primary health care services, which have been undertaken by the project team members and have been funded by the EU (e.g. ‘Provision of primary care for the promotion of children’s early psychosocial development’- a BIOMED programme coordinated by Greece; ‘The European Early Promotion Project’ – a Leonardo da Vinci programme coordinated by Greece). The project is implemented under the «ARISTEIA» Action of the «OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING» and is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and national resources. For more information, please refer to the website of the project: http://2to6.med.uoa.gr

‘Building Health Care Workers’ Capacity in Health Promotion: development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative distance-learning intervention’ (2013-2015). The project aims to improve the attitudes and skills of all health professionals in health promotion (e.g. prevention, patient-centered care and work with communities) under the premise that evidence- based, good quality health promotion can, and should, be delivered in all settings. The latter include hospitals, community health services and physicians’ offices. Health promotion should be delivered by all groups of health professionals: medical doctors – general practitioners, internal medicine practitioners and other specialty groups such as pathologists, cardiologists, pediatricians etc – nurses, midwifes, health visitors, social workers. Priorities training areas identified though literature will include: Health promotion values, aims, and strategies (including determinants of health, community health, patient- centered care, advocacy, current needs/roles/plans in health services care internationally). Research skills, critical appraisal skills and evidence based guidelines. Communication skills, coaching & brief counseling skills for empowering individuals and families in behavior change (including self management skills for chronic diseases and linkage to existing supportive community services). Infant, child, adolescent and family health promotion. Health promotion for the elderly. Mental health promotion (identification, support and/or referral). Culturally sensitive health promotion. WEBSITE: http://e-communityhealthcare.med.uoa.gr/ The project is conducted within the framework of the THALES programme, funded by the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) and Greek national funds.

Canada-Europe Initiative in Health Promotion Advanced Learning (2005-2008): This project was part of the EU-Canada Cooperation in Higher Education Programme and intends to catalyze transatlantic collaboration among universities in two major coalitions: The European Health Promotion Consortium 15 universities represented by Magdeburg, Brighton and Athens and the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Education and Research 15 units represented by Victoria (BC) Edmonton (Alberta) and Toronto(Ontario). The aim was to foster institutional cooperation, student and teacher mobility and a high level of professional qualification in Health Promotion through international communication. These activities are closely linked to the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE). The CEIHPAL project was funded within the EU-Canada cooperation in Higher Education programme by the European Commission. More for the project at http://www.hp-int.org.

E-learning Program in Health Promotion and Health Education Programs Development, University of Athens (2004- present). The program is included in the provision of adult education services by the University of Athens’ Vocational Training Centre. The aim of the program  is to provide necessary qualifications to those willing to: obtain evidence-based and development knowledge about factors that affect health and ways of coping with them, be educated in creating and/ or implementing programs of Health Promotion and Health Education, gain an important qualification for the field of Health Promotion and Health Education in a variety of settings (community, health services, school environment, worksites), work in companies or services with corporate responsibilities in Health Promotion and Health Education interventions, enter voluntary organizations with the mission of improving health and quality of life among individuals or groups, be thoroughly informed about the field of Health Promotion and Health Education so as to continue their university or technical education in a relevant field. http://elearn.elke.uoa.gr/elearn/show_programs.php?catID=42

Screening for and Promotion of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Adolescents – A European Public Health Perspective (2006). The aim of the project has been to evaluate the Health related Quality of Life (HRQOL) of Greek children.   HRQOL is increasingly acknowledged as an important health outcome measure in both paediatric and epidemiologic research, however in Greece, unlike what is happening in many European countries, there is no standardized instrument to fulfil this purpose.To this end, the European KIDSCREEN-52 generic HRQOL questionnaire for children was adapted in Greek. The translation process followed international translation guidelines, cognitive interviews and a pilot test.  To test the psychometric properties of the instrument the questionnaire along with other measures is administered to a random nation-wide sample of 1,500 school-based students (ages 8-12) and their parents. http://www.kidscreen.org/