INEXCA symposium 13 - 14 June 2018: The experience of cancer patients is important in developing quality of care
Preliminary research results of the INEXCA project were presented at the symposium Personalized Cancer Care - Combination of Research and Practice in Kuopio on 13–14 June 2018.
The fourth and final year of the project is underway. The project has studied the quality of care of cancer patients, the support received by the caregivers and the staff's working environment. The project has also developed research-based know-how as well as increased mobility of researchers between academic work, the service system and enterprises.
The most important message in the symposium was the importance of cancer patients' experience in developing quality of care. Professor Walter Sermeus (KU Leuven) stressed that it is important to compare the evaluation of cancer patients treated in different countries with regard to the quality of care and to promote the introduction of evidence-based activities. According to Associate Professor Tarja Kvist (University of Eastern Finland) Finnish cancer patients generally evaluate the quality of care to be good and the work of health care professionals to be excellent. However, patients want more opportunities to participate in the decision-making of their own care.
Patient participation and the perspective of family caregivers in improving the quality of cancer care became key topics in the symposium's speeches. Professor Piera Poletti (CEREF) stressed the importance of patient centeredness and genuine listening to the patient in health care. Professor Paula Sherwood (University of Pittsburgh) reported on biobehavioral research results from family members of brain cancer patients. The symposium also gave two cancer patients a voice. The views of the cancer patients largely supported the research results: treatment should also be improved by listening to and involving patients and the caregivers.
Preparing for a cruise on lake Kallavesi after the symposium and management committee meeting. From the left Professor Piera Poletti (CEREF), Associate Professor Tarja Kvist (University of Eastern Finland), professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen (University of Eastern Finland), Professor Walter Sermeus (KU Leuven) and Professor Sara Faithfull (University of Surrey).
Kayo's and Kimmo's Greetings from SDU 5/2018
Intern Kayo Hasegawa and Project Manager Kimmo Sairanen from SenSoftia spent their spring months at the University of Southern Denmark. During the secondment, the two software specialists learned a lot on for example remote health care where IT is often needed. Kimmo and Kayo lived in the small town of Middelfart. According to Kayo, the houses in Middelfart were like houses in fairy tales. Read about Kayo's and Kimmo's secondment here.
INEXCA Symposium 13 - 14 June 2018
The INEXCA project welcomes you to the symposium Personalized Cancer Care - Combination of Research and Practice held in Kuopio, Finland, on 13 - 14 June 2018. Register for the symposium now! Registration is open until 20 May 2018. For more information, see here.
Tarja's Greetings from Pittsburgh 5/2018
Associate Professor Tarja Kvist from the University of Eastern Finland spent six weeks on a secondment at the University of Pittburgh this spring. Tarja says that working with colleagues in a highly appreciated and ranked school was a privilege. University of Pittsburg, School of Nursing has been ranked 16th in the QS World University Rankings in Nursing. Read more about Tarja's secondment here.
Spring Graduation and Pinning Day Ceremony at the School of Nursing
INEXCA project present at the VALTA symposium 2/2018
Authority and exercise of power were discussed at the VALTA symposium organised at the University of Eastern Finland on 12 - 13 February 2018. The symposium gathered together health care professionals, theologists, bishops, members of the Finnish parliament, scientists and students among others. Health care and ethics were a central theme of the symposium. At the symposium, Associate Professor Tarja Kvist reflected on the preliminary findings of the INEXCA project. What comes to the cancer care, patients trust the doctors and nursing. Read about the symposium in Finnish here.
INEXCA Research Fellow Natalia Sak-Dankosky's Doctoral Dissertation 1/2018
MSN Natalia Sak-Dankosky has the public examination of her doctoral dissertation at the University of Eastern Finland on 19 January 2018. The doctoral thesis study is entitled In-hospital family-witnessed cardiopulmonary resuscitation: Perspectives of health care professionals and patients’ family members. The study focused on family-witnessed resuscitation, an aspect of family-centred care. It is the practice of allowing patients’ relatives to be present during life-saving efforts occurring in a hospital. For more information on the study. Natalia has been actively involved in the INEXCA project in 2015 - 2016 when she spent 6 months on INEXCA secondments at the University of Pittsburgh.
Cristian's Greetings from Leuven 12/2017
Researcher Cristian Girotto from CEREF SRL, Padua, Italy was on a secondment at the University of Leuven, Belgium in October - December 2017. During his secondment, Cristian deepened his understanding on for example nursing research, cancer patients’ perception of care, tools that compose a patient questionnaire and the analysis of data. Read more about Cristian's secondment and see a Christmas market ferris wheel here.
Researcher Cristian Girotto and Professor Walter Sermeus.
Kimmo's and Iiro's Greetings from Leuven 11 / 2017
Project Manager Kimmo Sairanen and Tech Lead Iiro Tenhunen from SenSoftia, Finland, spent October 2017 at the University of Leuven, Belgium. SenSoftia is a company specialised in healthcare digitalization. Kimmo and Iiro were in Leuven to develop the INEXCA IT platform. Researcher Cristian Girotto from CEREF, Italy, was in Leuven at the same time and there was fruitful international and intersectorial collaboration between the INEXCA staff. What made the secondment special was that it was Iiro's first time outside of Finland! Read about Kimmo's and Iiro's secondment here.
Judith's Greetings from Kuopio 10/2017
Professor, Magnet Consultant ANCC certified, Judith Zedreck Gonzales from School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh was on a secondment at the Kuopio University Hospital, Finland, this autumn. She spent worked both at the Kuopio University Hospital and at the University of Eastern Finland. During her secondment, Judith Zedreck Gonzales gave inspiring presentations on for example practice and research of transformational leadership and evidence based management. New ideas for future research were born! Read about Judith's secondment here.
Students of Nursing at the University of Eastern Finland.
Minna's Greetings from Padova 10/2017
Director of Nursing (Clinical Education) Minna Taam-Ukkonen from the Kuopio University Hospital, Finland, spent October at CEREF SRL, Padua, Italy. During the secondment, Minna Taam-Ukkonen received inspiring learnings on for example health care quality, evidence-based knowledge and information, risk management, patient safety as well as the content and methods of further education. Also, she learnt how to open and close locks! Read more about Minna's secondment here.
A frescoe by Giotto at the Padua Scrovegni Chapel.
Tarja's Greetings from Padova in Spring 10/2017
Senior Researcher Tarja Kvist from the Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland was on a secondment at CEREF in Padova, Italy in March - April 2017. The secondment was succesful on both professional and personal levels. The past summer 2017 has been chilly and rainy in Finland - fortunately, the spring was warm in Italy! Read about Tarja's secondment here.
Tarja Kvist visited the Museum of History of Medicine in Padova.
Margareta's Greetings from a Student Training in INEXCA 9/2017
Student of Nursing Science, Registered Nurse, Margareta Rydén-Kortelainen did her student training in the INEXCA project in Spring 2017. The aim of the training was to get to know how projects funded by the European Union work, develop the Nursing expertise and to conduct interviews within the INEXCA project.
In the Kuopio University Hospital, Margareta Rydén-Kortelainen also saw the handwritten notes of a symphony Trusting Cyberknife's Knowing and Seeing, composed by a Finnish conducter and composer Leif Segerstam.
Read about Margareta's experiences regarding the interviews here.
The first page of Leif Segerstam's symphony "Trusting Cyberknife's Knowing and Seeing".
INEXCA Workshop on Comparative Effectiveness Research 9/2017
The project held a workshop on Comparative Effectiveness Research CER in Leuven, Belgium, on 11 - 12 September 2017. The workshop was led by professor Walter Sermeus from the University of Leuven. A nice mix of early-stage and senior researchers from Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Finland and USA learned from one another in this training event of the project. Different perspective on research, methods, data collection, cultural settings and quality of cancer care were discussed in an enthusiastic atmosphere.
Coordinator Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen Awarded in Dublin 8/2017
The INEXCA Coordinator, Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen from the Department of Nursing Science, UEF, was selected to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The award was presented at a congress held by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) on 29 July in Dublin, Ireland. In the congtress, there were 1400 participants from 50 countries. More information on the UEF website.
INEXCA Coordinator, Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen in Dublin in July 2017.
Data Collection 6/2017
The INEXCA project data collection from patients, family members and staff is on-going and will continue until 2018. The data collection includes collection of surveys as well as carrying out interviews.
In Finland, data is being collected at the Kuopio University Hospital.
Jaana's Greetings from Pittsburgh 4/2017
Early Stage Researcher Jaana Seitovirta from the Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland spent early spring at the School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh. Jaana feels the stay was important international research training for her. She says: "I think that doing research is the same as building bridges - a bridge between science and human beings - that makes doing science very interesting for me." Read more about Jaana's secondment here.
One of the hundred bridges of Pittsburgh.
Tarja's Greetings from Pittsburgh 3/2017
Senior Researcher Tarja Kvist from the Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland has just finished her second INEXCA visit to the School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, USA. During her stay, she was preparing the INEXCA data collection at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. She also visited the Cathedral of Learning and the UPMC St.Margaret's hospital as well as attended the Healthy Work Environment Congress. Read about the secondment in more detail here.
Early-Stage Researcher Jaana Seitovirta, President of STTI Cathy Catrambone and Tarja Kvist at the Healthy Work Environment Congress.
Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen to STTI International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame 3/2017
The Coordinator of INEXCA, Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen has been selected to the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame award can be presented to a researcher whose research and other societal activities have significantly enhanced the field’s development and who has achieved extensive national or international recognition. The awards are inducted by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). For more information, see the news release on the UEF website and the STTI website.
Katri's Greetings from Pittsburgh 12/2016
The Coordinator of the project Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen works as a professor at the Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland. Katri has just ended her third INEXCA secondment at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. "With lean thinking we say Go to Gemba but I would say be truly international!" Read the rest of Katri's greetings here.
Tarja's Farewell to Pittsburgh 12/2016
Senior Researcher Tarja Kvist from the University of Eastern Finland is about to finish her secondment at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Just after Halloween, Tarja Kvist sent her previous greetings from Pittsburgh. See below. Now at the beginning of December, the secondment is ending. Tarja puts together her thoughts on her time in Pittsburgh. In the picture below, Senior Researcher Tarja Kvist and Early Stage Researcher Natalia Sak-Dankosky at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Tarja tells more about the inspiring academic lessons here.
Natalia's Greetings from Pittsburgh 11/2016
Early Stage Researcher Natalia Sak-Dankosky from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is currently on her second secondment at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. Natalia was on her first secondment to Pittsburgh in autumn 2015. In her greetings from this autumn 2016, Natalia raises four points that make the stay at the University of Pittsburgh very valuable. Read more here.
Tarja's Greetings from Pittsburgh 11/2016
Senior Researcher Tarja Kvist from the Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland is currently on a secondment at the School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, USA. Tarja is the second coordinator of the INEXCA project and she regularly works with professor Paula Sherwood (in the picture in the middle) and early stage researcher Natalia Sak-Dankosky (in the picture on the left). On the second day of Tarja's secondment, one of her dreams came true. Find out here who Tarja met and how the first weeks of the secondment have gone.
INEXCA Presented at the National Nursing Conference in Finland 9/2016
The XIV National Conference of the the Finnish Association of Nursing Research was organised in Turku, Finland, on 28 - 29 September 2016. There were over 400 participants in the conference with five key note presentations, several panel discussions, 103 oral presentations and 167 poster presentations. Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen's oral presentation "Systemaattinen tutkijoiden uran kehittäminen - välttämömyys hoitotieteessä" introduced the INEXCA project and it's international cooperation.
Piera's Greetings from Kuopio 9/2016
Professor Piera Poletti from CEREF SRL, Italy, was visiting the University of Eastern Finland for August. Professor Piera Poletti is the leader of CEREF, a research and education center located in Padua. Read about Piera's weeks by the lakeside here.
Below the INEXCA staff are discussing the project secondments and the value of sharing and exchange.
Kimmo's Greetings from Guildford 8/2016
Lead Tech Kimmo Sairanen from SenSoftia just finished his four month secondment at the University of Surrey. The university was named The University of the Year 2016 by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The 5G Innovation Center, the largest UK academic research centre dedicated to the development of the next generation of mobile and wireless communications, is located at the university. Kimmo's greetings range from the old housing in the countryside and the architechture of Bath to the lively Guildford and the services of the University of Surrey campus. Read Kimmo's greetings here.
Cynthia's Greetings from Kuopio 7/2016
Researcher Cynthia Vescio from CEREF, Italy, is currently on a secondment at the University of Eastern Finland, Department of Nursing Science. The Departent is a pioneer in research and education in the field of nursing science in Finland - they were the first in Finland to launch academic education in nursing science 40 years ago. In her greetings, Cynthia tells about her cooperation with the UEF INEXCA team as well as the Kuopio University Hospital, and also about the Finnish salmiakki and the Italian pasta al pesto. Read Cynthia's greetings here.
INEXCA at the UEF Open Day 6/2016
The Open Day of the University of Eastern Finland was organised on 2 June 2016. One idea of the Open Day was to present the different projects of the university. INEXCA was one of the projects figured in the event. The day offered the residents of Kuopio and other visitors a wonderful chance to come and talk about quality of cancer care and the INEXCA project.
Brochure on INEXCA in Finnish (INEXCA-hankkeen esite suomeksi)
Understanding How Something Happens - FRAM 5/2016
The Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM) course of the INEXCA project took place in Padua, Italy on 17 - 18 May 2016. The 12 course participants challenged their thinking on understanding the world and how things happen. The course gave interesting insights into causes, reasons, models, systems, consequences, outcomes and of course the FRAM. The historical academic premises of the University of Padua offered an inspiring environment for questioning traditional methods used in research, safety management, risk assessment and so on. At the same time, the course offered professors, PhD students, other researchers and seconded staff a wonderful possibility to work together and build future co-operations. Thank you to the course instructer professor Erik Hollnagel and the University of Southern Denmark for delivering the training course and professor Piera Poletti and CEREF for all the arrangements.
Mid-Term Review Meeting in Padua 5/2016
The INEXCA parties gathered for a Mid-Term Review Meeting at CEREF SRL, Padua on 19 May 2016. The first year of the project was reviewed in good cooperation with the REA Project Officer. Research, ethics, data collection, dissemination, communication, secondments, training, impact and other activities were discusssed. The project is proceeding and is on the right track.
The meeting was again a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the cooperation and eat delicious Italian pizza.
Ari's Greetings from Padua 5/2016
Project Reseacher Ari Voutilainen from the University of Eastern Finland is currently on a secondment at CEREF SRL, Italy. CEREF is a research and education center lead by Professor Piera Poletti and located in Padua. Read more about Ari's experiences and the first three weeks here.
FRAM Course Approaching 4/2016
The INEXCA course "Functional Resonance Analysis Method FRAM - A Practical Introduction" is approaching. The course will be arranged on 17 - 18 May in Padua, Italy.
The course instructor is professor Erik Hollnagel from the University of Southern Denmark. The course is arranged via joint effort by the INEXCA parties as well as the University of Padua.
The FRAM course materials have just arrived from the print provider. In the picture a pile of materials waiting to be distributed to the course participants in May.
Paula's Greetings from Kuopio 4/2016
Professor Paula Sherwood from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, was visiting the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, in April 2016. The School of Nursing of the University of Pittsburgh has been ranked 12th in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject, based on academic reputation, employer evaluation, and research impact. Read more about Paula Sherwood's secondment here.
Project of the Month 2/2016
The East and North Finland EU Office located in Brussels presents EU projects that involve participants from the region. We are proud to annouce that INEXCA has been chosen to be the first "Project of the Month". For more information, see the website of the East and North Finland EU Office (in Finnish).
Natalia's Greetings from Pittsburgh 9/2015
Early Stage Researcher Natalia Sak-Dankosky is currently on a secondment at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. Natalia Sak-Dankosky is a PhD student at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Department of Nursing Science. At UEF, she attends the Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences.
Natalia's cheerful greetings and pictures from Pitt: "Best greetings from Pittsburgh! After two long weeks since I arrived to The City of Bridges and Steel, I can say that the decision to come here as a Visiting Scholar was absolutely the right one..." Continue reading and see more pictures
Professor Piera Poletti Appointed Member of QASDG for ECIBC 9/2015
Director, Professor Piera Poletti has been appointed Member of the Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group (QASDG), the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer ECIBC. Piera Poletti is the Director of Centro Ricerca e Formazione CEREF. CEREF is one of the INEXCA consortium members.
For more information on ECIBC:
JRC webpage: European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer ECIBC (see Health Care Quality)
DG SANCO website: European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer ECIBC, description of working group structure (pdf)
The First Secondment 4/2015
The first secondment of the INEXCA project took place in April 2015. The Coordinator, Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen travelled to USA to collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh with regard to the INEXCA work on the quality of cancer care. Click here for more information on the secondments.
Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen
NEWS IN BRIEF
CER Workshop 6/2017
A project workshop on Comparative Effectiveness Research CER takes place in Leuven, Belgium, on 11 - 12 Septemer 2017. The consortium holds a project meeting on 13 September 2017.
Save the Date 9/2016
The final conference of the project will take place on 13 - 14 June 2018 in Kuopio, Finland.
INEXCA Mid-Term Review Meeting 3/2016
The INEXCA Mid-Term Review Meeting will be arranged in Padua, Italy on 19 May 2016. The idea of the meeting is to review the project in constructive dialogue with the REA Project Officer. The implementation of the project and the secondments as well as other activities and management will be assessed.
FRAM Method Course 1/2016
INEXCA project organises a FRAM method course on 17 - 18 May 2016 in Padua, Italy.
INEXCA Website 6/2015
The website of the project INEXCA has now been published!
The First Secondment 4/2015
The first secondment of the INEXCA took place in April 2015.
Kick-off Meeting in Kuopio 4/2015
INEXCA Kick-off Meeting was held in Kuopio on 30 March - 1 April 2015.
Launch of the Project 3/2015
The INEXCA project started on 1 March 2015.