Enhancing the role of medicine in the management of European Health Systems


The main objective of this COST Action is to increase empirical, theoretical and policy-relevant knowledge about the changing role of medical professionals in the management of healthcare.

The COST Action IS0903 “Enhancing the Role of Medicine in the Management of European Health Systems – Implications for Control, Innovation and User Voice” (short: Doctors in Management) is an international research network led and managed by the Centre for Innovation in Health Management (CIHM) at the University of Leeds. It aims to increase our understanding of the changing roles of medical professions in the management of health care. In 22 countries, including South Africa and Australia as non-COST member countries, we will be conducting and coordinating comparative research. Tapping the full potential of the numerous members and their cultural and academic diversity, this COST Action is interested in comparing different national health management systems and different areas of impact, focusing especially on the acute hospital sector. It aims to contribute to our understanding of how health management reforms have unfolded across different European states and how they affected areas like financial control, innovation and service user voice.

Starting / Ending Date

30/11/2009 – 29/11/2013

Project Coordinator

University of Leeds – United Kingdom


Funder: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Staff from Department of Public Health

Project Partners

  • University of Kassel
  • Dept of Administration & Organisation Theory, Stein Rokkan Centre
  • Stein Rokkan Centre
  • Semmelweuis University
  • University of Kuopio
  • Semmelweuis University
  • Institute of Management
  • Instytut Medycyny Pracy
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Department of Phychiatry
  • Danish Institute of Governmental Research
  • The University of Crete, Department of Sociology
  • University of Oslo
  • Escuela Nacional de Sanidad-Instituto de Salud Carlos III
  • Kotarbinski Academy of Informatics and Management in Olsztyn
  • University of Aarhus
  • Frankfurt University
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Wits
  • University of Cape Town
  • Université de Liège
  • Universita Della Svizzera Italiana
  • SDA School of Management
  • Faculty of Health and Science
  • Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Porto Mannheimer fur, Europaishe
  • University of Tampere
  • College of Health Studies IFROSS
  • Université Jean Moulin
  • Lyon Andalusian School of Public Health Andalusian School of Public Health
  • University of WITS
  • Nottingham University Business School Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • NIVEL Health Services Research Institute in The Netherlands