The EHMA 2021 Annual Conference will host the 19th edition of the Karolinska Medical Management Centre (MMC) & EHMA Research Award in a dedicated session. The Award was created to stimulate early career researchers to engage in healthcare management research. Since its establishment in 2002, the award has attracted numerous doctoral researchers who have submitted their thesis for a chance to present during the EHMA Conference and receiving the award. 

This year’s PhD session will feature six shortlisted researchers, out of the 18 who submitted their studies, that will present their doctoral thesis in front of a wide academic audience, including representatives of leading European universities and research centres, Members of the EHMA Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee. 

Miss Rachel Gifford, University of Groningen, The Netherlands will present her abstract ‘Through the physician’s lens. A micro-level perspective on the structural adaptation of professional work’ where she focused on better understanding the mechanisms behind physicians’ response to reorganisation and reform efforts. 

Mr Olli Halminen, HEMA Institute, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University, Finland, will discuss the abstract ‘A systems theory approach on analysing the cost-effectiveness of public care provision systems’ that presents a system-analytical model for public care provision systems and a performance evaluation framework in which this model can be employed. 

Dr Carol Hilliard, Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, Ireland, will present her research ‘’It’s always about the child’: exploring the moral actions of Irish paediatric nurses and doctors in response to moral conflicts in their practice – a Critical Incident Technique study’ aimed at exploring the actions taken by paediatric HCPs in response to moral conflicts they encountered in their practice. 

Mr Simone Laratro, from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, will showcase the abstract ‘Impact of co-production on satisfaction in healthcare sector: an analysis from the patients’ perspective’ that analyses the effect of patient involvement on different dimensions of outpatient setting in epilepsy care. 

Dr Lisa Rogers, University College Dublin Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Innovation in Health Systems (UCD IRIS), University College Dublin School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, Ireland will discuss her study ‘Implementing change within healthcare teams: a qualitative study exploring the influence of context on implementation success’, highlighting the active role of context when implementing change in healthcare teams. 

Mr Wouter van der Schors, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, will present the study on ‘Getting married or living-apart-together? Healthcare executives’ perspectives on the pros and cons of mergers and collaborations’ that systemically explores and compares both collaborations and mergers in healthcare using a representative nationwide study sample. 

The session will be moderated by Dr Pamela Mazzoccato, Associate Professor of Medical Management at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden & Director of Research & Development, Education and Innovation at Södertälje Hospital, Sweden. 

The presentations will be assessed by an independent jury panel. The winner will be announced during the EHMA 2021 Closing Ceremony. 

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