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€1.5 million research investment into healthcare quality and patient safety

The research project aims to identify the most immediate and important safety and quality issues in the health service and improve care by developing changes in policy and practice.

A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT has been made to investigate specific quality and patient safety issues in the Irish health service, including those arising from the HSE’s National Clinical Programmes.

The research project is a collaboration between the Health Research Board, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). The focus will be on emerging or immediate questions from the Irish health services and national clinical programmes that require answers.

Identify immediate problems within the health service

The €1.5 million investment will be used to develop a network of researchers in Ireland who have an interest in quality and patient safety, facilitate workshops so that researchers get to meet with clinical practitioners to identify specific problems and host practical ‘clinics’ where researchers and clinicians will develop research questions and design methods to address the problems.

The team also want to identify and prioritise the most important issues in the health service and address those first.

Philip Crowley, Director of Quality and Patient Safety at the HSE said this investment is a “huge opportunity to immediately improve the quality of patient care”. He added:

Quality and patient safety research is a new domain in Ireland. And considering how little money is spent internationally on quality and patient safety research, the model is visionary.

According to Enda Connolly, Chief Executive at the Health Research Board this is an exciting new research initiative. He said “patients benefit, health services benefit and, as such, it’s a win-win for everyone”.

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