Knowledge Implementation and Patient Safety (KIPS)

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KIPS is the university's centre for implementation and patient safety research. It aims to build on knowledge that will lead to better healthcare, founded on evidence-based knowledge.

Considerable resources are spent on research both nationally and internationally to produce new knowledge and evidence that can serve to improve treatment and care within healthcare and social services. Unfortunately, much of the knowledge gained through efforts and research does not reach the public, patients, or users of services. The gap between what we know about effective healthcare and social care services and what we do in real terms is wide, and the risk is that this gap will grow wider still.

KIPS is a centre for implementation and patient safety research. Its aim is to develop new knowledge that will lead to better healthcare practices, founded on evidence-based knowledge and policies.

KIPS aims to contribute to increased knowledge and understanding in terms of how evidence and policies can be implemented effectively over time, which can be accomplished by involving various professions and disciplines in research projects and by developing these in collaboration with personnel from Region Dalarna and the various municipalities within the province of Dalarna.

KIPS involves a multidisciplinary group of approximately 25 researchers from the university, Region Dalarna and Dalarna municipalities.

KIPS: Areas of Research

  • Intervention studies: studies aimed at developing and evaluating methods and strategies designed to support the implementation of evidence-based knowledge for safe working practices.
  • Follow-up research: to follow up and evaluate projects aimed at implementing change based on guidelines and policies within municipalities and regions.
  • Cross-sectional studies: surveys that look at the various aspects of evidence-based practice, patient safety, and factors that affect these areas.
  • Method development: the development and validation of instruments to assess different aspects of evidence-based practice and implementation.
  • Systematic literature reviews: to identify, assess and critically compile literature regarding different issues within implementation research.

We want to include decision-makers and personnel from regional and municipal organisations in the planning and conducting of our studies. Important to this collaboration and the dissemination of knowledge are the open seminars that we schedule at the university.

KIPS collaborates closely with three other research centres at Dalarna University: The Research Centre for Ageing and Later Life (ReCALL), The Research Centre for Public Health and Sports (RePS) and Reproductive, Infant and Child Health (RICH). KIPS also has well-developed collaboration with many other research groups, both nationally and internationally. We offer second-cycle level courses as well as doctoral-level courses in the field of Implementation and Implementation Research.

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