About this Research Topic
This Research Topic introduces the concept of ‘healthy healthcare’ from an occupational health perspective and posits that this new concept is necessary due to an anticipated shortage of healthcare staff and increasing demands on the healthcare sector. Healthy healthcare implies the existence of designed healthcare systems, which are managed and financed consistently with the available resources in order to improve workers’ health and patient care.
Ultimately a balanced-based perspective, taking into account patients, staff and the complex healthcare system should lead to a more resource-efficient delivery of high-quality healthcare services.
This Research Topic synthesizes evidence-based occupational health practice and research that link three important areas: (i) the healthcare system; (ii) employee health and wellbeing; and (iii) the quality of care provided.
It discusses how to conduct interventions and research on healthy healthcare depending on different populations, settings or contexts. Manuscripts in this issue will recognize the diversity in terms of healthcare occupational groups, settings or contexts; draw on empirical research based on quantitative, qualitative or case-study research; present new or existing theoretical models that explain occupational health in healthcare settings; and/or present new evidence-based interventions and practices that facilitate or improve occupational health across different healthcare settings.
Moreover, we will finally summarize the main findings of all contributing manuscripts with a position article, identifying research gaps in both methodology and content from the perspective of occupational health research.
This innovative issue would be of interest to researchers, practitioners, and students of various disciplines (e.g., public health, health economics, psychology, and allied disciplines), as well the various stakeholders within the healthcare industry.
More specifically, we invite work that includes the aforementioned angles within healthcare settings, emphasizing the link between the organization of healthcare services, occupational health and the quality of care provided:
-Empirical (quantitative and/or qualitative) occupational health research;
-Occupational health interventions;
-Theoretical and conceptual papers discussing the concept of occupational health or more broader healthy healthcare;
-Manuscripts discussing methodological issues when examining occupational health research in Healthcare settings.
Keywords: occupational health, interventions, evidence-based practice, healthcare, employee well-being
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.