The largest international effort to improve the mental health and well-being of healthcare professionals and patient safety

Newswise – LEUVEN, BELGIUM and PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA (August 1, 2022) – Magnet4Europe, a €4 million project funded by the European Commission, is the largest international implementation science project ever attempted to change fundamentally hospital work environments to improve clinician and patient well-being. Today the BMJ open scientific journal has published the scientific protocol of Magnet4Europe establishing its scientific and clinical importance.

The project, involving a randomized trial in 130 hospitals in 7 countries, prevailed over the pandemic. The grant supports the international partnership of some of the world’s leading universities led by KU Leuven, Belgium and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursingit is Center for Health Outcomes and Policy ResearchUNITED STATES.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated dangerously high levels of doctors and nurses Burnout which preceded and aggravated during the pandemic and led to alarm an impending shortage of health care professionals. “Burnout, depression and fatigue are far too common among nurses and doctors in fast-paced hospitals, and suicide rates are alarming. Patient safety depends on the alertness, quick-wittedness and attention to detail of healthcare professionals, which is made more difficult by stressful work environments,” said Linda Aiken, PhD , RN, co-director of Magnet4Europe and professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. .

Burnout is an individual manifestation of systems-embedded organizational flaws, as the Magnet4Europe research protocol showed. Thus, Magnet4Europe seeks to transform organizations to create work environments that fully engage healthcare professionals in delivering care that works for patients and providers by implementing evidence-based intervention based on the success of the Magnet recognition program.®a voluntary hospital designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. To research showed that Magnet-recognized hospitals have lower healthcare professional burnout and safer patient care. Sixty-five hospitals in six European countries (Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Norway) will benefit from a complete overhaul of their workplaces – supported by one-on-one twinning with an experienced hospital recognized by US Magnet and monthly international collaborations learning platform to share best practices in workplace reform. The research protocol released today reveals a rigorous evaluation of the research that will determine the success of the initiative.

“Our research highlights specific characteristics of complex organisations”, adds Dr Walter Sermeus, European coordinator of the initiative at KU Leuven, “which, if modified, can significantly improve the well-being of healthcare professionals. health and patients Magnet4Europe will translate these research findings into practice to accelerate much-needed workplace redesign in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

There are currently 591 hospitals recognized by Magnet, most of which are located in the United States. Only two hospitals in Europe have achieved Magnet recognition. This initiative will test the feasibility and sustainability of the Magnet model® for an organizational redesign in the context of healthcare in Europe.

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About KU Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, University of Leuven, Belgium

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