Austrian Association for Quality in Health Care
Main challenges for the work of evidence.at are:
The promotion of EbM in Austria and
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.
is organized as registered society.
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
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)
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.
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.
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
Mission of QUALITAS
Within the landscape of media for public health professionals QUALITAS
is the one source focusing on quality.
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.
Dealing with quality in health care services as a multidisciplinary,
hierarchy and occupational group comprehensive issue is a challenge.
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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Evidence AT
tel: +43 (0)316 820565-0 | fax: +43 (0)316 820565-20 | email@example.com