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A knowledge transfer and sharing action for developing A new integrative approach to mitigating errors in hospitals: Resolving tensions in error research

Objective

Errors are a recurring fact of organizational life and the wisdom of managing and learning from errors is incontrovertible. In particular, medical errors in the health care industry, defined as avoidable adverse outcomes or injuries to patients stemming from healthcare processes, pose serious threats to human life and have an impact on total national costs. Yet, healthcare organizations that achieve a breakthrough in mitigating errors are extraordinarily rare. The aim of this Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions proposal is thus to improve our understanding of the occurrence of medical errors and to develop a new, integrative approach to mitigating medical errors and promoting quality, efficiency, and innovativeness in hospitals. We strive for this goal by immersing ourselves in broad literature reviews and going beyond state of the art, collecting massive first-hand data in the hospital settings, and testing our working hypotheses on both qualitative and quantitative data. We envision three direct outcomes of our endeavor that are beneficial to both the academic community and heath care organizations. First, we will suggest an integrative theory of errors in organizations by identifying discrepancies, tensional issues, and opportunities for research synthesis via level of analysis and temporal and priority lenses. Second, we will develop an innovative, hybrid method to illuminate the errors phenomena and assess long-term effects of medical errors. Third, starting with the partnership between three participating research teams, we will create a long-lasting network that offers a rich resource for collaboration and knowledge-sharing that makes this resource more visible, inspectable, and systematic, which may aid the process of learning at a larger societal level.

Coordinator

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Net EU contribution
€ 76 500,00
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Israel

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 117 000,00

Participants (2)

UNIVERSITAET ST. GALLEN

Participation ended

Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Dufourstrasse 50
9000 St Gallen

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Ostschweiz St. Gallen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 103 500,00
Address
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB Tilburg

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Region
Noord-Brabant Midden-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 40 500,00

Partners (2)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

BABSON COLLEGE

Participation ended

United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
231 Forest Street
02457 Babson Park

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
90263 4819 Malibu Ca

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 157 500,00