Study of work conditions at emergency wards
The work situation for doctors and other staff in emergency medical care has become increasingly untenable. Professor Kerstin Ekberg at Linköping University will receive SEK 3 million to study how emergency doctors’ health is affected by organisational changes, working conditions and leadership at 17 emergency wards.
Emergency medical care retains an enormous workload; at the same time as it is changing. Previously, specialist doctors from the various clinics also worked shifts at the emergency ward, however now it is becoming increasingly common with permanent emergency doctors specialised in emergency medical care.
It is also becoming common that patient flows are made more efficient based on lean production principles, with clear processes, routines and standards aimed to increase efficiency.
Kerstin Ekberg, professor in the field of work and rehabilitation, heads a project that studies how working conditions and methods of organising and leading work affects the health and performance of emergency doctors.
It is also intended to support the implementation of a health promotion programme directed at emergency doctors. 17 emergency wards with a total of 270 doctors are participating in the study.
The project is one of 18 receiving support from AFA Försäkring totalling SEK 38 million.
- Kerstin Ekberg
- SEK 38 million to new research in work environments and health (AFA Press in Swedish)
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