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1st Well-Med Conference

lagt inn 13. jun. 2014, 06:32 av Joy Buikema Fjærtoft   [ oppdatert 13. jun. 2014, 06:53 ]

Attended a great conference in Alexandroupolis, Greece, om health professionals' well-being and burnout, patient safety and organizational culture. First keynote was by Christina Maslach, my main reference when I wrote my thesis/dissertation on organizational culture and burnout already back in the late 80's. 

Main take-home message: Organizational culture - especially communication culture and teamwork - affects well-being and burnout among doctors and nurses, as well as patient safety. This is well documented, but unfortunately there is little research on interventions. Being a practioner, this is what interests me most, what do we DO about it? There were some examples, however: CREW - Civility, Respect and Engagement in the Workplace. Interestingly, the core of this cultural change program for hospitals is work on group norms, which is also at the center of much of my work. 

Charles Vincent, Oxford/Imperial College, on Patient Safety.

It also rains in Greece.


Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers.
  • Christina Maslach, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Charles Vincent, Imperial College London
  • Eileen D. Gambrill, University of California, USA
  • Jean Wallace, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Deborah Kirklin, UCL, UK
  • Liselotte N. Dyrbye, Mayo Clinic, USA
  • Hardeep Singh, Houston VA Health Services, USA
  • Mary Catherine Beach, School of Medicine, John Hopkins University, USA
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