SUSTAIN – Sustainable tailored integrated care for older people in Europe


Sustain project new portal and social media activities

In February 2016, the SUSTAIN project consortium launched its brand new web portal.

The portal allows to get detailed information about the main aspects the project, as its structure and objectives, the consortium partners, dissemination materials and the integrated care sites involved in SUSTAIN.

Visit the website and interact with the project partners on the main social media, using the hashtag #SUSTAINeu


While an increased life expectancy is a positive achievement for our societies, health systems face challenges on both how to increase healthy life years and how to offer quality care and support for those in need. Governments are encouraging ‘ageing in place’ and community-based care, and answer older people’s expectation to live in their home for as long as possible. Integrated care, involving both formal and informal caregivers, is widely acknowledged to be the way forward in care delivery.


The SUSTAIN Project aims to improve integrated care for older people living at home with multiple health and social care needs. It will last four years and is divided into three interrelated phases (preparation, research implementation, and translation to products). A European multidisciplinary consortium is working towards the objectives of improving established integrated care initiatives for older people living at home with multiple health and social care needs, and ensuring that improvements to the integrated care initiatives are applicable and adaptable to other health systems and regions in Europe.

The SUSTAIN project will last four years and is divided into three interrelated phases. During the first phase (i.e. preparation phase), we will establish working relationships with integrated care initiatives in seven countries (Austria, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom) that have indicated a motivation to improve current practices.

In the second phase (i.e. implementation research to improve existing integrated care initiatives) based on the outcomes of the baseline assessments, tailored sets of improvement will be designed and implemented together with stakeholders (i.e. policymakers, commissioners, health insurers, health and social care professionals, older people, informal carers).

In the third phase, (i.e. translation to products and impacts) previous work will be translated to products and impacts for different user groups. Tailored dissemination strategies will be designed to increase uptake of SUSTAIN’s findings.


EHMA’s role

SUSTAIN is coordinated by VU University Medical Centre (VUmc) and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

As lead partner for the dissemination working package, EHMA manages SUSTAIN efforts to promote the project, inform and involve potential users and stakeholders groups (e.g. policy-makers, decision-makers, carers, researchers, managers in health and social care). To reach this objective, EHMA developed a state-of-the-art dissemination strategy that encompasses social media coordination, networking, workshops and the production of dissemination material (e.g. Leaflets).



For more information on this project, please visit the SUSTAIN website or contact David Smith at EHMA.

Follow Project’s activities on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #SUSTAINeu

The SUSTAIN project is funded under Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) from the European Union under grant agreement No. 634144. The content of this website reflects only the SUSTAIN consortium’s views. The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.