Key Findings

Key findings of the PHSF-2014: trends, four perspectives on public health and strategic opportunities and options.

Towards a healthier Netherlands

Key findings of the Dutch Public Health Status and Foresight study (PHSF) 2014

These key findings have been extracted from the Dutch publication Een Gezonder Nederland: De Volksgezondheid Toekomst Verkenning 2014, our sixth Dutch Public Health Status and Foresight study on the future of public health in the Netherlands.
The study focuses on four societal challenges in the field of public health:

  • To keep people healthy as long as possible and cure illness promptly
  • To support vulnerable people and enable social participation
  • To promote individual autonomy and freedom of choice
  • To keep health care affordable.

Part A of this summary provides an up-to-date overview of the most important trends in Dutch public health. In part B we explore the future by reflecting on four perspectives on public health. Each perspective places its primary emphasis on one of the societal challenges. The report is one of the RIVM’s contributions to Dutch public health policy. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport makes use of the report in drawing up its national policy papers on public health. The information can also support other ministries, local authorities, health professionals, civil society organisations and individual citizens in their strategic discussions.


This is a publication by:
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
PO Box 1 | 3720 BA Bilthoven | Netherlands www.rivm.nl

October 2014
Key Findings of the Dutch Public Health Status and Foresight (PHSF) study: current and future trends, four perspectives on public health and and strategic chances and choices for the future.

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