Welcome to the study of Health and Organisation among University hospital Physicians in Europe

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Last announcements

HOUPEs twin-study, HOPGOC (Health and Organization among Psychiatrists, Geriatrics and Outpatient Care), by Ann Fridner has received 3.5 million SEK from AFA Insurance.
Recent results from the HOUPE study are the first to demonstrate that patient confidentiality is associated with burnout in the process of stress management among hospital physicians.
HOUPE data from Italy and Sweden show that despite signs of depression, doctors do not seek professional counselling. [In Swedish] The results are published in Swiss Medical Weekly.

Health and Organisation among University hospital Physicians in Europe [HOUPE], is an intervention research project. The project generates data among
8 000 hospital physicians on determinants in the educational system, the organization and work environment that affect the recruitment in academic medicine and physicians career, work conditions, work satisfaction and health.

The HOUPE study, include partners from the following:

Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
St Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway
Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, Padova, Italy
Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Innsbruck Medical University Hospital, Innsbruck, Austria
Vall d'Hebron University hospital, Barcelona, Spain
Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Through an international network of researchers in each country the project provides an opportunity to bring national and international perspectives into research on physicians career, work conditions and health in academic medicine. Particularly by comparison of hospitals organized differently in performing their main tasks of clinical duties, education and clinical research. There is a mutual gain in comparing systematic knowledge as a foundation for possible intervention in each hospital. Data will increase knowledge on topic of concern for each partner by comparing organisation and professionals.

Main objective

To compare European university hospitals organized differently in entailing medical research, teaching and clinical duties, in order to assess how work conditions and organizational framework affects physicians' sickness absence, burnout, turnover intentions, recruitment, career development, work satisfaction, health and wellbeing.