Value of Nutrition through Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)

  • 5th March 2016., Primary HEOR meeting, Zagreb, Croatia

HEOR Meeting

The Value of Clinical Nutrition through Health Economics and Outcomes Research project’s goal is to improve care and optimize patient outcome by developing optimal nutrition recommendations through the lens of cost effectiveness.

The Value of Clinical Nutrition through Health Economics and Outcomes Research project (HEOR) is being conducted in Croatia by the Croatian Society of Clinical Nutrition Croatian Medical Association. The goal of the project is to improve care and optimize patient outcome by developing optimal nutrition recommendations through the lens of cost effectiveness.

The project will be done through the following phases:

  • Field survey done by home care nurses and conducted in patient home
  • Interconnection of diagnosis and rehospitalizations with NRS status and nutritive support of the patients that participated in the survey
  • Preparation of focus groups with home care nurses and General Practitioners with the goal of identifying barriers and solutions for availability of nutritive support by hospital discharge of the patient and during home care who are or might be in malnutrition risk
  • Development of a Report, by which recommendation for the Community will be published (result of the focus group)
  • Projection of the current nutritional support costs for the patients in home care will be made with the goal of showing the cost now and result when proper nutritive support is introduced.
  • Paper publication that would show current status and suggested solutions for weak points within the system.

The cost estimates for burden of malnutrition is of great importance because the data will be used for the development of new national standards, normatives and meal plans for nursing homes and the national multi-stakeholder platform establishment. In addition, the results may be used for the development of Croatian strategy and action plans regarding ageing and health.

Results at this stage

Patients have been screened in patient’s homes and the analysis of the interconnection of diagnosis and rehospitalization with NRS status and nutritive support.