Evidence-informed leadership in healthcare: New collaboration between academia and practice in Kalmar County

Reference number
Coordinator Karolinska Institutet - Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics
Funding from Vinnova SEK 300 000
Project duration June 2018 - May 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture Personal mobility between societal sectors
Call 2017-04722-en

Purpose and goal

Leadership has impact on the work environment of employees and on the quality of care. However, even though Swedish healthcare faces great challenges with an aging population with increasing care demands, and have severe problems to attract and keep employees, it is difficult for healthcare organizations to improve their leadership practices in an evidence-informed manner. Karolinska Institutet and Kalmar County Council will therefore take mutual responsibility to connect academia and practice and together find forms for building evidence-informed leadership in healthcare.

Expected results and effects

How healthcare is led and governed has impact on the quality of care and should therefore be informed by existing scientific knowledge in the same way as is the case for other care and treatment. We hope that this project will be the first step in establishing a new long term collaboration between our organizations where we together work towards strengthening an evidence-informed leadership in healthcare that promotes good working environment for healthcare professionals as well as good and safe high-quality care for patients.

Planned approach and implementation

The project builds on close collaboration between leadership researchers and healthcare professionals, managers and HR departments. During a period of three months spread over one and a half year, leadership researcher Mia von Knorring from Medical Management Centre at Karolinska Institutet will work in the County Council. During that period we will together explore how support from leadership researchers can be integrated in regular services in healthcare and incorporated in existing management and HR structures at different levels in the organization.

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