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Maandag 24 januari 2022

A joint PhD degree research project at Maastricht University and KU Leuven

Amal Fakha is a doctoral researcher within the MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE EU Horizon 2020 research program “TRANS-SENIOR Innovative Research Consortium” led by KU Leuven. She is based at the Health Services Research department within the Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Maastricht University (UM). Also, she belongs to the research group at AccentVV Academic Center for Nursing and Midwifery – KU Leuven, being her second university.

Amal works on the research topic of “Improving the Implementation of Transitional Care Innovations (TCIs) in Long-term Care”, and is supervised by Prof. Dr. Hilde Verbeek (UM) and Prof. Dr. Theo van Achterberg (KUL). The research project is divided into four main phases and has two main objectives: 1) investigate the main issues influencing the implementation of TCIs, 2) develop a toolbox of implementation strategies to improve the dissemination & uptake of TCIs.

The initial two phases of her research project are now completed. First, a scoping review was performed in order to explore the body of literature from a broad angle, and to map the available evidence on what are the facilitating and inhibiting factors that can influence the implementation of TCIs specific to the older population. This study is published as follows:

Fakha A, Groenvynck L, de Boer B, van Achterberg T, Hamers J, Verbeek H. A myriad of factors influencing the implementation of transitional care innovations: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2021 Feb 26;16(1):21. doi: 10.1186/s13012-021-01087-2. PMID: 33637097; PMCID: PMC7912549.

econd, she performed a Delphi consensus study with a panel of international experts in order to conclude a list of priority factors influencing the implementation of TCIs, and to obtain further agreement on the feasibility to address these factors with implementation strategies. This study is currently under peer review for publication.

Now, Amal is in deep-dive on her third phase by analyzing qualitative data of a multiple-case study performed on transitional care interventions implemented in Leuven region. Concurrently, she is starting with the preparations to develop a toolbox of implementation strategies. This toolbox is directed to be used by adopters and implementers of TCIs to help them in the process.

To obtain a closer look at her project, visit this link: https://youtu.be/HF_XNsMDjZk.

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