Safe patient handling
The overall goal with the research project Patient And Workers Safety Study(PAWSS), is to promote a safe healthcare environment for both healthcare workers and patients.
Our main focus now is to develop a strategy including education, guideline, risk assessment and interventions promoting safe patient manual handling in healthcare. The strategy will be implemented and evaluated in hospital wards and nursing homes in southeast Sweden.
Different studies of the project
For several years our research team has conducted research with focus on health care workers incidents, injuries and situations at the workplace were they occurred. We have also studied patient injuries with a special interest of falls.
Take part of one of our publications:
Patient and healthcare worker safety risks and injuries - learning from incident reporting External link.
In an interview study we studied health care workers’ experiences of incidents at the workplace posing a risk of injury to workers and patients. The study is completed and submitted for publication.
Since 2019, we have a special focus on how to promote safe patient manual handling. The title of this study is Development and evaluation of risk assessment and interventions promoting safe patient manual handling in the Swedish healthcare sector. We are using a participatory approch in the development process of education, guidelines and interventions that are being used. We collaborate with a network where different stakeholderas are represented; employers, employer organisations, union representatives, Swedish work environment authority and HR representative
The Swedish Reserach team
Charlotte Wåhlin, Associate professor, Ergonomist/RPT, Region Östergötland and Linköping University
Sebastian Buck, PhD-student, Ergonomist/RPT, Region Östergötland and Linköping University
Emma Nilsing Strid, PhD/RPT, Region Örebro län and Örebro University
Jan Sandqvist, University lecture, PhD/OT, Linköping University, Linköping
Paul Enthoven, Associate professor, University lecture, RPT
Maria Andreassen, Researcher/OT, Linköping University and the Municipality of Linköping
Jenni Fock, Registered Nurse, change management in health care, Region Östergötland
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Centre, Region Östergötland
For more information about the research project you are welcome to contact:
Project-coordinator Sebastian Buck, PhD student, Ergonomist/RPT. email@example.com