Research collaboration with Japan on resilience in healthcare

Researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences recently went to Japan to explore opportunities for research collaboration in the field of quality and safety in healthcare.

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    From left: Lene Schibevaag, Karina Aase, Inger Johanne Bergerød and Siri Wiig in front of the Norwegian Embassy in Japan.
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    Researchers in the field of quality and safety in healthcare from Norway and Japan gathered to discuss research collaborations between the two countries.
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    From left: SHARE researchers Cecilie Haraldseid-Driftland, Eline Ree, Lene Schibevaag and Sina Furnes Øyri.
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    The Resilient Healthcare Conference and Net meetings have become important meeting arenas for SHARE researchers.

Recently, the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, in collaboration with the University of Stavanger, Osaka University Hospital, Yokohama City University Medical Centre and Laerdal Medical held a seminar on “Resilience in Healthcare – Norwegian Research and Perspectives” and with a following reception at the Embassy.

Focus on resilience in healthcare

Eight researchers from Centre for Resilience in Healthcare (SHARE) at UiS presented their research to the leading Japanese researchers and clinicians in their field.

– This has been a great experience for all of us. We hope to have made a great impression on future partners here in Japan. We have met the foremost researchers in our field in Japan, and we ended the seminar with discussion of opportunities for collaboration and dinner and networking at the embassy, says Siri Wiig, Professor in quality and safety in healthcare systems at UiS and SHARE.

The seminar brought together 40 Japanese representatives from research institutions, healthcare services and government agencies in the field of quality and safety in healthcare in order to present SHARE - Centre for Resilience in Healthcare and relevant research activities, and discuss future possible research collaborations between Norway and Japan. Possible fields of interest are quality and safety improvement, simulation and learning, patient involvement, regulation and resilience, technology in healthcare, and incident investigation.

Partnering with Japan

Representatives from SHARE also had a meeting with Svein Grandum, Counsellor of Science, Technology and Higher Education Research Council of Norway, and Innovation Norway, and Svend Haakon Kristensen, President and Representative Director Laerdal Medical Japan to set a concrete plan of action for following up on detailed collaboration activities.

According to Grandum, the partnership SHARE is developing with Japanese counterparts fits well into Norwegian interests:

– Japan and Norway have on a national level incorporated Health, Care and Welfare Technology as prioritized area for cooperation under the Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. The partnership within resilience in healthcare fits well into this framework.

The partnership will involve mobility of researchers between the two countries, collaboration on research projects and applications, and a proposal for an annual Norway-Japan Resilience meeting in the coming years to ensure continuity and predictability in the collaboration.

– Research on resilience in healthcare is important for us at Laerdal Medical in order to understand how we can deliver on our mission of helping save more lives. We are excited about the collaboration between SHARE and Japanese partners and are looking forward to the continuation, says Kristensen. 

Strategic milestone for SHARE

SHARE views this opportunity as an important milestone in their strategic work towards becoming an internationally renown research centre in the field of resilience.

– Japan has active clinical researchers on resilience in healthcare, especially at the Osaka University Hospital led by Professor and Assistant Director Kazue Nakajima. Furthermore, Japan has an international reputation for conducting solid research in several areas in which we can learn from, explains Karina Aase, professor and Centre Director at SHARE.

While in Japan, the representatives form SHARE also attended the Resilient Healthcare Conference and the 8th meeting in the Resilient Healthcare Net (RCHN). Attended by many of the main academic proponents of resilience in healthcare, the Resilient Healthcare Net has become an important meeting arenas for SHARE researchers.

Text: Cathrine Sneberg
Photo: Private