Health Professional Mobility in the European Union Study

(2009-2012 Finished)

Introduction to the project

As labour markets become more interconnected, both globally and within the EU, health workforce policies at national level and the movement of professionals between countries are increasingly under the spotlight. The scale of professional mobility, the range of occupational cadres involved, the numbers seeking work in other sectors, and the potential impact on health systems as professionals move are all causes for concern. Making decisions on how to respond is difficult, however, given gaps in data, lack of knowledge of factors that reduce or facilitate movement, and evidence gaps on the effects on services, staff and financial and health outcomes beyond the anecdotal evidence.  HEALTH PROMeTHEUS, funded through the Seventh Framework Programme, contributes to this discussion by filling a substantial part of the knowledge gap on the magnitude and impact of health professionals moving to other countries.


The study sought to better understand existing patterns of professional mobility and the organizational, contextual and personal factors that push and pull health professionals across borders, to including the positive and negative impacts of mobility. The project also aimed to highlight feasible, effective policy interventions (national and international) and to identify effective managerial responses. In order to achieve these aims the study has included quantitative as well qualitative data analyses and research on trends and policies which aim to manage migration organizationally, nationally and internationally.

Main output

The results of the PROMeTHEUS project can be found in the following places:

EHMA’s role in the project

EHMA has been responsible for the project management of HEALTH PROMeTHEUS and also delivered one of the work packages: ‘Testing the policy and managerial relevance’. The objective of this work package was to ensure that research and analysis throughout the project is fully informed by policymaking issues and practitioners’ concerns, and that it reflects a range of disciplines and national / regional level perspectives.
For more information, please contact Michele Calabro at EHMA.

Project website

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n°223383. Sole responsibility lies with the authors and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
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