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Austrian Association for Quality in Health Care

Main challenges for the work of evidence.at are:

Bullet The promotion of EbM in Austria and

Bullet The promotion of development, adoption and dissemination of guidelines in the Austrian health care system

For promoting these targets evidence.at cooperates with Deutsches Netzwerk für evidenzbasierte Medizin (DNEbM) and Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (äzq). evidence.at is founding member of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and organizer of the 2006 G-I-N Meeting in Vienna/ Budapest (Guidelines on the Danube).

In cooperation with forumQ.at (Austrian Information Platform for Quality in Health Care) evidence.at was member in the EC-project AGREE 2 (Dissemination of the AGREE-instrument for the critical appraisal of guidelines).

Further fields of action of evidence.at are in quality reporting systems, quality management, documentation and information systems.

evidence.at is organized as registered society.

evidence.at is powered by QUALITAS which serves as official journal for the information activities of evidence.at:

Mission statement of QUALITAS – Journal for quality and development in health care institutions


Bullet Prolog People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. (George Bernard Shaw)

Bullet Initial reflection 1: In health care many professionals from different occupational backgrounds and hierarchy levels are involved in caring for patients. What makes public health services successful is the ability to aligning the interaction of all these professionals towards the needs of the patient.

Bullet Initial reflection 2: If executives and assistants will create "quality in public health services" by themselves, regulations and sanctions will increasingly take a back seat. Concerning practising the medical profession today, everyone takes “medical responsibility” for granted. In contrast in many places “Organizational responsibility" still needs to be developed.

Bullet Initial reflection 3: Quality in health care is an ongoing topic. Many things are under way. Today world-wide approximately 2,500 scientists are working on this topic. Gaining an overview as an individual is impossible. In order to achieve engagement with quality as a fundamental and essential part of professional acting of health professionals, they need edited information and established knowledge.

Mission of QUALITAS

Bullet Within the landscape of media for public health professionals QUALITAS is the one source focusing on quality.

Bullet The understanding of the term quality used by QUALITAS is wider than usual in quality management, embracing: quality management, personnel development, leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, team development, environmental management, controlling, marketing, public relations, risk management, evidence-based medicine, health technology assessment. All these issues play an important role for successful "quality work" in public health services.

Bullet Dealing with quality in health care services as a multidisciplinary, hierarchy and occupational group comprehensive issue is a challenge.

Bullet QUALITAS self-conception relies on: being easily readable for interested assistants as well as executives from all occupational groups involved in health care and being relevant for their daily practice.

Bullet For professionals, organising quality management in health services QUALITAS provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience.


Contact person :

Mag. Roland Schaffler, Chief editor QUALITAS | schaffler@qualitas.at

Director of Evidence AT
Dietrichsteinplatz 15/10
A-8010 GRAZ

tel: +43 (0)316 820565-0 | fax: +43 (0)316 820565-20 | office@evidence.at


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