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HiOA is a member of the prestigious COST network, which focuses on the rationing of healthcare in the field of nursing.

Researcher Kristin Halvorsen is putting HiOA on the international map with respect to nursing.

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Kristin Halvorsen

Kristin Halvorsen. Photo: Sonja Balci.

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Kristin Halvorsen, who researches rationing of healthcare, represents HiOA, and is one of the two representatives from Norway taking part in a big, international COST network entitled Rationing - Missed Nursing care: An international and multidimensional problem (RANCARE). 

‘Participating in European programmes such as COST gives researchers at HiOA the opportunity to take part in strong international expert networks,’ says Research Director Kristin Sverdrup. It’s great for the Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, and Kristin Halvorsen is making a name for herself through it. It’s important for HiOA that our researchers cooperate with the forefront of international research.’   

The COST network RANCARE is in the start-up phase, but has secured funding up until 2020. It is expected to produce many interesting publications of relevance to everyone working in the field of nursing. The first publication ‘Ethical issues of rationing care’, by the working group of which Halvorsen is a member, has already been submitted for assessment to a recognised nursing ethics journal.

‘It’s a great privilege to be involved in putting the rationing of healthcare on the agenda through RANCARE. We live in an age in which many people can be treated for complex disorders and complicated health problems, and in which the population is aging. Nurses meet people in all phases and stages of life with extensive nursing needs in relation to their health challenges. What constitutes adequate and necessary nursing care for the individual, and what is not sound nursing practice?’ Kristin Halvorsen asks.

‘The issue of rationing and the consequences of assigning lower priority must be included in political studies of healthcare rationing, in the education of nurses and other health care personnel, and in research. The COST network provides many opportunities for increasing the knowledge base for issues relating to rationing of nursing care from a number of perspectives,’ says Halvorsen. 

The RANCARE conference

The first RANCARE conference in COST Action was held in Cyprus in February 2017. Eighty healthcare workers from different disciplines and 31 countries from Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand took part in the conference. The participants represented 27 countries and seven universities from the EU. 

Nurses with top academic expertise and researchers addressed the challenges of rationing considerations in nursing. The scientific programme included 19 presentations categorised within four sessions. The sessions were divided into a) Conceptualisation, organisational, and methodological issues b) Evidence-based interventions and intervention design c) Ethical Issues of rationing of nursing care d) Educational issues of teaching patient safety.

The conference enabled the participants to build networks and share knowledge across disciplines and borders. The conference facilitated debate between academics and clinicians on the concept and phenomenon of rationing, methodological challenges in research on rationing and the consequences of rationing with respect to patient safety and quality of care.     

The conference concluded by disseminating strategies for exploring different aspects of rationing, including a focus on developing and studying joint learning and research arenas. RANCARE Action will enable young researchers to participate in academic courses and research schools linked to methodological, organisational and ethical issues concerning the rationing of nursing care.

You can find an overview of the COST networks HiOA takes part in here.

For more information about COST networks, please visit the Research Council of Norway’s website.