Welcome to SCUBY


Welcome to SCUBY

A motion graphics introductory video


Illustration by runzebra.run

SCUBY is an academic research project for Horizon 2020, a research and innovation programme run by the European Union. SCUBY was created to develop and scale up the best possible integrated care package for people with diabetes or hypertension in Belgium, Slovenia and Cambodia. The research team is working to achieve this together with policy makers, professionals in the health care and social sectors, informal caregivers and patients in all three countries.

The research

  • To gain a better understanding of the entire care continuum for diabetes and hypertension, the research team relies on a 'Cascades of Care' approach (CoC). The CoC allows the research team to identify the ‘leakages’ in the care system between diagnosis and successful disease management. Using survey and administrative data, the researchers investigate the extent and quality of care available for people living with diabetes and hypertension in the three countries involved.
  • To be able to understand how diabetes and hypertension care is delivered in the Belgian primary care system, the research team interviewed General Practitioners (GPs), nurses and dieticians in a variety of primary care practices. Results show that in practices where the GP cooperates with a nurse or a dietician under the same roof, they score better on chronic care assessments. Similarly, practices within the capitation system score better than those in the fee-for-service system.
  • A change in the health care system is needed to better support integrated care. To map out the barriers to and facilitators of system change, the Belgian team interviewed 25 stakeholders on the decision-making level. Frequently cited barriers included the provider payment system, the competency split, and political fragmentation due to the 6th state reform in Belgium and the sharing of data amongst health care practitioners. Important levers for change include the increasing role and assertiveness of patients, stakeholders’ belief in integrated care and the growing awareness of the need for change. Similar research is conducted in Slovenia and Cambodia to draw cross-country comparisons and lessons for the future.

The creative way

The researcher

SCUBY is currently in progress in three countries: Belgium, Slovenia and Cambodia. By learning from the work undertaken in these countries, the Institute of Tropic Medicine, the National Institute of Public Health Cambodia, the Community Health Centre Lublijana, the University of Antwerp and the University Medical Center Utrecht will continue to scale up their levels of care, and learn from each other so that as many people as possible can benefit and live a healthier life.

SCUBY is made possible by a large team of very professional and dedicated people. Each country team is strongly embedded within their relevant Slovenian, Cambodian and Belgium contexts, working with health workers, patients and policy makers to improve the standard of chronic care for the maximum number of people. Across borders, we form a global SCUBY family, helping each other, and you, and taking one more step along the road to universal coverage for chronic care.

— Professor, Josefien van Olmen

The creative

Jenna translated the SCUBY research into a compelling video script. Gabriel and Luis from runzebra.run (a creative production company based in São Paulo and Barcelona) designed and produced the video.

I was really impressed by SCUBY's international approach, as well as their commitment to tailored, human-focused care packages for people who suffer from diabetes and hypertension. These diseases are more prevalent than they should be - so to know that there are the right people strategizing ways to help was heartening. The key to this explainer video script was to keep it simple, informative, and punchy, to deliver a clear message and allow Gabriel's distinctive style to shine.

— Communications Strategist & Script Writer, Jenna Matecki

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