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A new vision for old age: Rethinking health policy for Europe's ageing society is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, supported by Pfizer. The Economist Intelligence Unit exercised full editorial control over the content of this report, and the findings expressed within do not necessarily reflect the views of Pfizer.
Our research drew on two main initiatives. In 2011, we surveyed 1,113 healthcare professionals in several European countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, as well as the Netherlands and countries in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Most of the respondents (741) are frontline healthcare staff, including doctors and nurses, and others are in policy/strategy; administration; research and development (R&D); manufacturing; or at non-governmental organisations (NGOs). To supplement the survey results and to help to explain their implications, we also conducted in-depth interviews with numerous leading figures in the healthcare sector, including policymakers. As well as this report, the findings and other issues central to the theme are discussed in a series of case studies, published separately, on ageism, mobility, older consumers, the "oldest old" group, preventive care and technology.
The report and case studies were written by Andrea Chipman and Dr Paul Kielstra, and Iain Scott and Chris Webber were the editors. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey, and all the interviewees, for their time and insights.