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Enhancing public awareness of interprofessional collaboration and hospitalization

English title Enhancing public awareness of interprofessional collaboration and hospitalization
Applicant Staffoni-Donadini Liliana
Number 194089
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Haute École de Santé Vaud (HESAV) HES-SO
Institution of higher education University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland - HES-SO
Main discipline Health Education
Start/End 01.08.2020 - 31.07.2021
Approved amount 49'694.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Health Education

Keywords (3)

Collaboration interprofessionnelle ; participattion du patient ; Trajetoire de soins

Lay Summary (French)

Sensibiliser le public à la collaboration interprofessionnelle lors de l’hospitalisationLeadLa collaboration interprofessionnelle (CIP) est nécessaire pour offrir des soins de qualité aux patients. La participation du patient reste un défi majeur autant pour les professionnels de la santé que pour les patients. Ce projet propose de créer une plateforme de ressources en ligne et d’échanger avec le public autour de la collaboration dans les soins.
Lay summary

Contenu et objectifs

Ce projet se base sur les résultats de deux recherches portant d’une part, sur la participation du patient lors du processus de sortie d’une hospitalisation et d’autre part, sur la collaboration entre les professionnels de la santé.

Notre objectif est d’encourager l’échange de savoirs entre le public et les chercheurs. Sachant qu’il est fondamental d’avoir des connaissances du système de santé pour participer aux processus de soins, notre projet s’adresse à toutes les personnes qui ont été hospitalisées où qui pourraient l’être pour les sensibiliser aux différentes réalités d’une hospitalisation. Afin de rendre le contenu accessible au plus grand nombre, une courte vidéo sera réalisée. Des résultats scientifiques seront mis à disposition sur une plateforme en ligne et le public pourra partager ses perspectives et échanger avec les chercheurs lors d’un forum en ligne et d’une table ronde.


La collaboration interprofessionnelle et la participation des patients sont largement reconnus dans le milieu des soins. Ce projet fait le lien entre les connaissances scientifiques sur ces thèmes et la population. Il encourage le public à s’intéresser, se questionner et s’exprimer sur ces sujets.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 11.06.2020

Responsible applicant and co-applicants


Project partner


Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Revue Obstetrica Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
Pro Senectute Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Promotion santé Suisse Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Blog retours des échanges avec le public site web Western Switzerland 2021
Media relations: print media, online media Dans l'ântre d'un hôpital La Région Western Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Dialogue et Santé Western Switzerland 2021

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
159327 Interprofessional Collaboration: How do health professionals interact with each other in collaborative practice situations? 01.01.2016 Project funding (Div. I-III)


Introduction: The importance of interprofessional collaboration (IPC) in health services continues to grow. On the one side, the importance of IPC in health services continues to grow and is politically supported (FOPH). On the other, patients’ participation remains a challenge faced as well by professionals than by patients themselves. Thus, patient participation in healthcare and IPC arise both public wondering and scientific research. Over the past five years, we have conducted several FNS funded research projects, using video recording to analyze current IPC practices in healthcare settings (hospitals, rehabilitation centers). The results brought new insights about IPC, patient participation and interactive practices i) how health professionals understand IPC, ii) what meetings structures are used by interprofessional teams to conduct an interprofessional meeting, and iii) what resources professionals and patients use to communicate with each other in interprofessional situations.The dissemination of these results was highly appreciated by the institutions involved in the research. However, this strategy of communication was limited to participating partners, namely health professionals. Having access to a better understanding of interprofessional and institutional functioning at the hospital, may be a lever for the patient’s empowerment, to be active in the decision-making process and the experience of his hospitalization Giving access to these results about interprofessional and institutional functioning at the hospital, will contribute to a better understanding for uninformed people and may help at developing system knowledge. This may be a lever for patient’s empowerment and may have a positive effect on the experience during a hospitalization. Therefore, the first objective of this AGORA project is to arise public’s awareness about IPC and thereby contribute to improving health literacy. The second aims to make the concept of IPC comprehensible and visible for uninformed people in order to raise public awareness and interest about IPC and work processes in the hospital. The third, aims to share the trajectory care processes and hospitals meetings structures in order to empower people’s ability to reflect and engage in healthcare trajectory when receiving healthcare services. The last, consists in dialoguing about IPC and critically discuss perspectives regarding IPC in the hospital. To improve knowledge exchange between public and researchers, the project will be presented as a collaborative project aimed at building bridges between research and the public. Method: This project will developing a website in four phases: 1) an impactful video, also used as a teaser of the website’s purpose, 2) various bibliographical, informing about the institutional and informal functioning of IPC at the hospital, 3) open a forum where the public will have the opportunity to post comments on the video or documents made available to them and to interact with the researchers. Finally the last phase 4) evaluation: to assess the impact of dissemination strategies. Expected outcomes: the website, video and documentation posted on the site will provide the public with “the backstage” information about hospital care. Knowledge of the care process could allow the public to have a more active posture during hospitalization Conclusion: The proposed communication project will use data from IPC research studies in the field of health care to create online resources for a wide audience Those elements will allow the public to play a more active role in managing their care. This AGORA project will help to raise awareness of the active role that patients can play in becoming partners in health care.