Project Description

The AIR project in three steps

The first step of the AIR project is to perform a systematic review of available academic literature in each partner’s language on interventions in primary care aimed at reducing socio-economic health inequalities. The literature is identified in national and international bibliographic databases with a list of keywords. This literature review will identify evidence- based effective interventions in primary care, and will build a descriptive framework of interventions to assist the survey creation.

The second step of the project will be a survey to collect information about actions and policies. The questionnaire will identify actions which contribute to reduce health inequalities through primary care settings in the regions of the E.U. and the specific population targeted in these actions. On one hand, the collection of information will examine various strategies to reduce health inequalities. On the other hand, the questionnaire will gather general information related to programmes and policies employed to address health inequalities at the local, regional and national levels.

The third stage of AIR will be to select and analyze implemented “innovative interventions” to reduce health inequalities in primary care settings. Not only will the actions be identified, but also their effectiveness will be assessed and a catalogue of good practices will be developed. Finally, the high standard interventions that meet the evaluation criteria will be scrutinized in order to identify the “key factors” of success. A catalogue of good practices will be developed and recommendations will be disseminated to the policy makers.