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EUROPEAN HEALTH POLICY GROUP (EHPG)

EHPG is an informal, collegial and multidisciplinary network aiming to stimulate international collaboration and learning through meetings in the spring and autumn of each year for comparative and multi-disciplinary analysis of structure of, and changes to, European systems of health care.

The objective of EHPG meetings is that we can all learn about experience of other (primarily) European countries and from perspectives of other disciplines. One objective of the meetings is to foster opportunities for collaboration between authors from different countries and different disciplines.

Meetings are organised on the basis that participants will have read each paper and discussants, not authors, present papers. This means that authors need to email final drafts of all papers to discussants of their paper and to the organiser for distribution to those attending the meeting at least four weeks before the date of each meeting. Papers ought not be to too long - the ideal length is about 5000 words. Authors may agree with discussants to let them see earlier drafts well before this absolute deadline.

Discussants have a vital role at EHPG meetings. Their primary task is to present what the paper is about and summarize its main findings. In their commentary they can offer their quite different perspectives (of country or discipline or both) in addition to a general critique. The style of the discussant's commentary ought to be in that of a critical friend to the author, suggesting how the paper might be improved for publication.

Each session begins by the Chair introducing the author(s), discussant(s) and the title of the paper(s) to be presented and discussed. The Chair then invites discussant(s) to present the paper and to highlight issues for discussion. Each discussant is allowed 20 minutes to do this. We look to Chairs to structure the discussion in such a way that we can learn about other countries and other disciplines. Thus Chairs aim to generate general discussions between participants and try to avoid a session becoming simply a series questions to authors.

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December 14th, 2011