"Magnet4Europe transfers, modifies, scales up, and evaluates the evidence-based Magnet model of organizational redesign of clinical health care work environments in 6 European countries."
At a Glance
01 January 2020 - 31 December 2023
€ 4 000 000 Horizon 2020
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
University of Pennsylvania, United States
University of Southampton, United Kingdom
University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Ireland
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
King's College London, United Kingdom
Meplis nv, Belgium
Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, Belgium
Setting the Scene
In 2013, the EU launched ist Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing to champion mental health as a European public health priority and to develop tools to support Member States in improving conditions for the prevention, diagnosis and care of mental disorders in their countries.
Over 23 million Europeans work in health care. Doctors and nurses are not immune to burnout, which is a combination of exhaustion, cynicism and perceived inefficacy resulting from long-term job stress. In fact, workers in the healthcare sector experience burnout much more frequently than workers in other professions.
In line with the European Framework, Magnet4Europe aims to improve mental health and wellbeing among health professionals and patient safety in more than 60 hospitals in six European countries (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, and United Kingdom).
Using an innovative multi-methodological approach, hospitals will receive a full-blown redesign of their workplaces – supported by one to one twinning with an experienced Magnet recognized hospital and an annual learning collaborative.
The overall objective is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals in European hospitals.
Specific objectives include:
Specific objectives include:
- To implement an evidence-based and stakeholder co-created intervention (Magnet4Europe) to achieve better clinical work environments as a strategy to improve worker mental health and wellbeing
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention on mental health and wellbeing of health professionals
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention on productivity and patient outcomes
- To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the Magnet4Europe intervention balancing intervention costs, productivity gains from improved mental health and wellbeing, and improved patient outcomes
- To identify barriers and enablers for the successful implementation of the Magnet4Europe model of organizational intervention in hospitals
- To foster stakeholder buy-in for spreading and scaling to a larger set of hospitals, other health care settings, and the wider health sector throughout Europe