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Quality and safety in European Union hospitals: A research-based guide for implmeenting best practice and a framework for assessing performance

Objective

This translational study aims to design and disseminate an evidence based guide for hospitals to implement quality and safety improvement programmes, and an evidence based framework for payers to assess and monitor the quality and safety of hospitals across the EU. These outputs will be based on empirical findings from research in five partner countries. However, in addition, the development of these outputs will be with a wider stakeholder group of other countries, through a parallel process of translational workshops involving both hospitals and payers from these countries. The proposed study will take place in five European countries: Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Portugal and Norway. These countries were chosen as they represent variation in the important aspects of healthcare that we want to capture e.g. differences in the way that healthcare services are funded, and in the way that progress had been made in each country on the ‘quality journey’. By means of scoping reviews of published and grey literature, we will identify organisational and cultural characteristics which previous studies have linked to the effectiveness, safety and patient experience of hospital care and quantitative and qualitative indicators of the effectiveness, safety and patient experience of hospital care. Using results of this work, we will develop analytical tools and protocols to conduct in-depth, longitudinal case studies in a selected sample of 10 hospitals, two in each of the five partner countries. This will include building on previously published research to compare the macro-level (national) health care contexts of the five partner countries. We will then conduct a meso-level study of organisational characteristics and cultures and their relationship with available measures of the effectiveness, safety and patient experience of hospital care; and a micro-level longitudinal study of two clinical micro-systems in five of the 10 hospitals (one in each of the five partner countries). T

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/health care services
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
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Coordinator

University College London
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 411 051,97
Administrative Contact
Martin Scott (Mr.)

Participants (6)

STIFTELSEN HOGSKOLAN I JONKOPING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 500 000
Address
Gjuterigatan 5
55111 Jonkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Boel Andersson-Gäre (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 479 842
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Robinson (Mr.)
Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Avenida Das Forcas Armadas
1649 026 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luis Martins (Prof.)
UNIVERSITETET I STAVANGER
Norway
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Kjell Arholms Gate 41
4021 Stavanger
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Troels Jacobsen (Mr.)
ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 500 000
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jenny Klomps (Ms.)
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 308 948,03
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Labbett (Mr.)