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Transforming the Future Healthcare Workforce across Europe through Improvement Science Training: A Qualitative Approach

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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Polytechnic School (EPSA), University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Department of Nursing, University of Peloponnese, 22100 Tripoli, Greece
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Academic Editors: Madhan Balasubramanian, Stephanie Short and Jayasree Basu
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1298; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031298
Received: 6 December 2020 / Revised: 15 January 2021 / Accepted: 28 January 2021 / Published: 1 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future Health Workforce: Integrated Solutions and Models of Care)
Healthcare improvement science (HIS) is the generation of knowledge to cultivate change towards improving health systems performance. Our purpose was to evaluate the experience of European nursing students after an intensive one-week summer program conducted in 2019 at the University of Alicante in Spain. The educational intervention combined theoretical and practical HIS contents, with students from different countries, educational programs, and health systems. The intervention was evaluated under a qualitative approach through the open discussion group technique based on the method of participatory action research (PAR), with a total of 25 students who reflected about their experiences and perceptions during the intervention. The responses were used to improve the program’s contents, its didactics, and organization. Nursing empowerment, professional recognition, and healthcare research were some of the seven main categories identified through the systematic content analysis method triangulated by three experienced researchers. According to the students’ replies, values like compassion, respect, or empathy were identified as key elements of care. Promoting international students’ networking emerged as the key to creating a positive provision for change and the generation of improvement initiatives. Building a HIS culture may potentially provide future healthcare professionals with critical thinking skills and the resources needed to improve their future work settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: Europe; thinking; improvement science; nursing students; qualitative research Europe; thinking; improvement science; nursing students; qualitative research
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Sierras-Davo, M.C.; Lillo-Crespo, M.; Verdu, P.; Karapostoli, A. Transforming the Future Healthcare Workforce across Europe through Improvement Science Training: A Qualitative Approach. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1298. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031298

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Sierras-Davo MC, Lillo-Crespo M, Verdu P, Karapostoli A. Transforming the Future Healthcare Workforce across Europe through Improvement Science Training: A Qualitative Approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1298. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031298

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Sierras-Davo, Maria C., Manuel Lillo-Crespo, Patricia Verdu, and Aimilia Karapostoli. 2021. "Transforming the Future Healthcare Workforce across Europe through Improvement Science Training: A Qualitative Approach" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 1298. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18031298

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