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01.12.2018 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

BMC Health Services Research 1/2018

The private healthcare market and the sustainability of an innovative community nurses programme based on social entrepreneurship - CoNSENSo project

BMC Health Services Research > Ausgabe 1/2018
Roberto Ippoliti, Greta Falavigna, Floriana Montani, Silvia Rizzi
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The original version of this article was revised: the first name and last name of all the authors were swapped.
A correction to this article is available online at https://​doi.​org/​10.​1186/​s12913-018-3597-5.



CoNSENSo is a project funded by the European Union, which is aimed at developing an innovative care model based on community nurses to support active ageing in mountain areas. The planned sustainability of this innovative approach relies on social entrepreneurship on the healthcare market, and this work highlights the necessary conditions for the successful implementation of these entrepreneurial initiatives.


Considering municipalities in the Piedmont Region and those aged 65 or older as target population, the authors propose several negative binomial regression models to estimate the effectiveness of current private healthcare services in supporting the active aging process. Such effectiveness may represent the ex-ante (positive) reputation of these new social entrepreneurial initiatives on the market.


According to our results, the private supply of healthcare services can effectively support the aging process. Indeed, given that the other predictor variables in the model are held constant, there are statistically significant negative relations between the number of hip fractures and the private supply of healthcare services by dental practitioners and psychologists (p-value < 0.05), as well as the private supply of opportunities for social interaction by coffee bars (p-value < 0.05).


The authors expect a favourable environment for the entrepreneurial initiatives of community nurses in mountain areas. Accordingly, policy makers cannot reject the hypothesis that the goals reached by the CoNSENSo project may be maintained for the sake of the future generations, avoiding its collapse as soon as public funding shifts to new programmes.
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