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“Dealing With Patients’ Mobility Issues: An Inter-Institutional Perspective To Analyze The Phenomenon And To Support Sustainable Policy Making In Sicily”


Nowadays many Italian policy makers, both at a national and regional level, are devoting a growing attention to the phenomenon of patients’ movements seeking public healthcare treatments out of the territorial jurisdiction. This paper presents the main features of a research project being carried out to analyze the mobility flows of Sicilian patients towards other Italian Regions in order to support the design of sustainable related policies. Such study adopts an inter-institutional perspective as the design of sustainable mobility-related policies requires a coordination effort of the Regional Healthcare Department, the Local Health Authorities and the Healthcare providers. The main outcome of the research is a performance-based system dynamics model representing the most relevant causal relationships between strategic resources, end-results and mobility performance drivers.