The PATSAFE project is aimed at improving and strengthening the Institute of Clinical Research of the University of Tartu (ICM-UT) patient safety research capacity with the special focus on the improvement of knowledge and skills in methods, technics and experience for patient safety research.
Project partners are international leaders in patient safety research - Avedis Donabedian Foundation from Spain and IQ Healthcare from The Netherlands.
To deliver maximum impact on the scientific excellence of ICM-UT and to contribute to the long-term sustainability of its research activities, the twining activities will:
To implement these activities, PATSAFE foresees a comprehensive strategy consisting of knowledge exchange (training materials, seminars, staff visits), soft research skills capacity building, strategic planning and strong dissemination and exploitation efforts.
The PATSAFE concept is based on the core competencies for patient safety research and on the guide for developing training programmes in patient safety research defined by WHO Patient Safety.
The PASTSAFE twinning partnership model is based on continuous, peer-to-peer collaboration, training, networking and coordination activities. PATSAFE is based on a dynamic and interactive process with iterative improvement cycles and feedback, ongoing communication, introducing new ideas and insight and peer-to-peer exchange and focused to increase capacities, and also achieve the impact goals.
Take a closer look of PATSAFE training program.
The project is divided into five work packages (WPs) that have been structured to support achieving the project results, reflect the key findings of the SWOT analysis, to deliver maximum impact on the scientific excellence of ICM-UT and to contribute to the vision and long-term sustainability of the research and innovation activities of ICM-UT:
WP1 deals with project management to ensure effective operation of the project as well as timely delivery of high-quality results by coordinating the project in both administrative and technical terms. WP1 supports all partners and the implementation of all other WP-s.
WP2 Identification and measurement of risks and hazards, analysis and improvement
WP2 is aimed at increasing the research capacity of staff as well as of participating institutions in the field of patient safety epidemiology: identification and measurement of risks and hazards, through staff exchange, joint events and trainings, implemented in cooperation of strategic partners FAD and IQ-HC. The WP2 is the first specific WP of the PATSAFE project, focused on the training of data collection methods in patient safety research.
This WP gives the participants specific knowledge and skills in risk and hazards identification and data collection methods for patient safety research to carry out further research in a manner expected by the international research community and various stakeholders in health care, policy and the general public/population at large. This WP also covers the methods for risk analysis and implementation research.
WP 3 Safety culture and patient involvement
WP3 is aimed at improving the competence of research methodology in measuring the safety culture and patient involvement and patient empowerment for patient safety through improving knowledge and competence in appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods. The WP3 is the second specific WP of the PATSAFE focused on the research methodology used for the measurement of the supportiveness of the patient safety environment. As an outcome, we expect the validated research tool for the safety culture measurement.
WP4 Building soft skills of the ICM-UT ESRs
WP4 is aimed at increasing the soft skills of ICM-UT ESRs in order to enhance the capacity of ICM-UT to develop towards to a successful research centre. WP4 focuses on the improvement of different soft-skills (e.g., writing of research proposals, mentoring, leadership, effective communication with stakeholders, etc) through training, practical exercise, and evaluation. The WP will be implemented via training sessions and cooperative practical activities and assignments of the partners. The acquired competences support the researchers’ individual development, institutional development, conducting research and translation of the patient safety research to clinical practice (which again supports further research and evidence-based approach). When successful, this WP will also contribute directly to the sustainability of further research training on patient safety at ICM-UT.
WP5 Dissemination, exploitation and sustainability
WP5 is dedicated to elaborating a long-term strategic development plan and involving relevant stakeholders to ensure maximum synergies with national and European priorities, maximize the effect of structural funds, make sure that research and innovation resources reach critical mass. Within this WP, the research and training needs and perspectives will be drafted to policy documents institutionally within ICM-UT and nationally, to support sustainable development of the field in the years to come. A national Patient Safety Network will be initiated, to partner with all stakeholder groups in Estonia and internationally.
WP5 foresees the detailed planning and implementation of dissemination and communication activities that will to support ICM-UT in extending its strategic partnerships and visibility among the professional community, as well as among policymakers and the general public. ICM-UT and the project will be promoted at national as well as international events and through other measures/channels (website, leaflet, articles etc.). The WP6 takes input from individual partners and all preceding WP-s.
See the PATSAFE curriculum.
Strategic partnership with Avedis Donabedian Foundation (FAD) from Spain and IQ Healthcare (IQ-HC) from The Netherlands, both international leaders in patient safety research, enables developing a long-lasting knowledge exchange alliance allowing ICM-UT to capitalise on its current achievements and to overcome gaps in scientific excellence in the field of patient safety research.
FAD has expertise on patient safety research and implementation science: identification of risks and hazards, risk analysis and evaluation of interventions. Second, the FAD team will contribute with expertise in elaboration a long-term strategic development plan and involving relevant stakeholders to ensure maximum synergies with national and European priorities, maximize the effect of structural funds, make sure that research and innovation resources reach critical mass.
IQ-HQ has expertise on safety culture research methodology, patients’ involvement for their safety as well the expertise in validation of study instruments.
Media coverage of the PATSAFE project
Workshop-seminar "Research in patient safety: meeting the needs of the society" in Tallinn
Date: September 18, 2019
PATSAFE kick-off meeting in Tartu
Date: September 19 and 20, 2019 Objectives:
Training "Patient safety in clinical practice" in Tartu
Date: December 5, 2019
PATSAFE project manager
Senior Research Fellow in Internal Medicine of the University of Tartu
+372 731 8616kaja.polluste [ät] ut.ee
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 857359.