Projects

We collaborate closely with partners from practice, healthcare companies, public institutions, organisations, administrative agencies and society. We also carry out research projects in partnership with other departments at the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, as well as other universities in Switzerland.

All projects

AIDE MOI II

In the AIDE MOI II study, we examine the factors influencing the use and non-use of fall detection/alarm technologies by the elderly living in their homes. As part of the study, we conduct interviews with seniors aged 75 years and over and their relatives, as well as with registered nurses and doctors.


AIDE MOI I

In the AIDE MOI I study, we work with the elderly in the development of a wearable fall-detection sensor. By involving the target group, we promote real participation in the development of technology and its use in everyday settings. The needs of the elderly, in terms of their useage of the sensor, can can therefore be factored into the development and testing of the fall-detection sensor right from the beginning.


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers 2018

Bern University of Applied Sciences is responsible for the organisation of the National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers report (coordinating the measurement process and comparative national analysis of quality data for publication by the ANQ).


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers 2017

Bern University of Applied Sciences is responsible for the organisation of the National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers report (coordinating the measurement process and comparative national analysis of quality data for publication by the ANQ).


CNHW: Competence Network Health Workforce

Across a total of 17 subprojects (two of which are in planning), measures are being developed to counter skills shortages in different areas. Participating universities of health sciences include: Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences (FHS), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).


Comeback: return to nursing and the retainment of registered nurses

Focus group interviews are beeing conducted with nurses returning to the profession of nursing, and their responses will be used to inform the development of two questionnaires. The first questionnaire will be utilized for all registered nurses attending the Swiss Professional Association of Nurses (SBK) course for returning nurses in the canton of Bern in 2019. The second questionnaire will be sent to all registered nurses who attended the SBK course for returning nurses between the beginning of 2012 and the end of 2018.


EQUI – Grade mix and diversity in a stable equilibrium

The results of a situation analysis are being used to guide interviews and evaluations at selected institutions and organisations. The objective is to identify how cooperation between different grade-skill mix, generations and refugees with nursing training, can be successfully harnessed to ensure the safety of clients and residents in the future.


Promotion of dual competence profiles

Dual competence profiles enable established mixed profiles in research and teaching/continuing education, to be enhanced through targeted practice placements in relevant areas of professional practice; thereby, increasing staff qualifications and skills. The aim of this project is to strengthen the dual competence profile of staff in the Department of Health Professions, through practical partnerships in all partnerships in various healthcare settings and at all levels of patient care.


inCLOUsiv: Digital community for promoting mental health

Working with the Pro Mente Sana Foundation, Bern University of Applied Sciences is planning to develop a digital community for promoting mental health: inCLOUsiv. The aim of the project is to promote communication and interaction between individuals who have experienced mental illness, their relatives and qualified healthcare professionals. This will make a substantial contribution to the empowerment of individuals affected by ill health, and will provide opportunities for participation.


MOCCA My own care coaching for autonomy – Evaluation of recovery-oriented training for registered nurses at SPITEX

Upon completion of a training programme, the extent in which participating nurses gained knowledge of dementia care and palliative geriatrics is being evaluated (via pre and post-training measurement). Additionally, their recovery-oriented attitude and communication skills are being explored. A documentary analysis at SPITEX organisations identifies which data base(s) can be used for follow-up evaluation of the transfer of training content, to everyday care.


PERoPA project (Perception of Patient and Visitor Aggression)

In two subprojects, research is conducted into healthcare managers’ experiences of patient and visitor aggression. The project aims to use theory to enhance existing concepts on the prevention and reduction of this form of aggression. Additionally, evidence-based, practical training opportunities for managers will be developed. PERoPA is an international research collaboration led by Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH.


PIONEERS II – Systematic inclusion of patient and family perspectives in healthcare research and teaching at universities

The inclusion of patients in the Department of Health Professions will be further expanded with the implementation of additional pilot projects. PIONEERS II focuses on the inclusion of patients in the training of qualified healthcare professionals. Experiences from implementation projects are continuously evaluated, and along with the results from PIONEERS I, establish the basis for guidelines for staff in the department who wish to integrate patients into their research/teaching.


Use of the PARO therapeutic robot at the child and adolescent psychiatric hospital Clienia Littenheid AG

As part of a master’s thesis, we use qualitative research design to explore how the PARO robot influences the well-being and social interaction of children and adolescents in a clinical inpatient setting. As part of the project, children and adolescents were observed during therapeutic interactions, and were afterwards interviewed.


School nurses for children with chronic illnesses

The quantitative part of the project involves the collection of epidemiological data and the improved documentation of nursing diagnoses, interventions and outcomes. This will lead to more precise statistical records concerning the needs and effect of school nurse interventions. The qualitative part of the project records the impact of a school nurse on managing an illness within the context of an integrative or inclusive understanding of education.


STRAIN – Work-related stress among health professionals in Switzerland

The STRAIN project is a subproject of the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, which is part of the national ‘Strategy for countering skills shortages in healthcare professions’ project. The aim of the project is to identify work-related stress factors for health professionals in Switzerland, and affect to a long-term reduction in these factors using interventions.

Aggression in the acute hospital

Aggression and violence represent an increasing challenge for healthcare staff. If verbal aggression and threats are taken into consideration alongside physical aggression, approx. 70% of staff experience aggression every year.


Aggression management

The project closes knowledge gaps in patient aggression prevention and intervention. It analysed the interaction between patients and nursing staff, as well as environmenta factors within the hospital.


Alcohol: an everyday issue in the acute hospital?

Epidemiological studies estimate that the percentage of hospital patients with alcohol problems is significantly over 20%. All health professionals in hospital settings experience these patients. Prevention is therefore an important task.


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Falls and Pressure Ulcers 2012

Bern University of Applied Sciences was contracted by the ANQ to organise the National Prevalence Measurement of Falls and Pressure Ulcers report (the operational handling of measurements and preparation of national data).


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Falls and Pressure Ulcers for the 2013 Measurement Cycle

Bern University of Applied Sciences was contracted to organise the National Prevalence Measurement of Falls and Pressure Ulcers report (organisation of the measurement process and comparative national analysis of quality data for publication by the ANQ).


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Pressure Ulcers for the 2013 Measurement Cycle – Children module

Bern University of Applied Sciences was contracted to organise the National Prevalence Measurement of Childhood Pressure Ulcers report (organisation of the measurement process and comparative national analysis of quality data for publication by the ANQ).


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers 2014

Bern University of Applied Sciences organised the National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers report (coordinated the measurement process and comparative national analysis of quality data for publication by the ANQ).


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers 2015

Bern University of Applied Sciences organised the National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers report (coordinated the measurement process and comparative national analysis of quality data for publication by the ANQ).


ANQ National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers 2016

Bern University of Applied Sciences organised the National Prevalence Measurement of Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Childhood Pressure Ulcers report (coordinated the measurement process and comparative national analysis of quality data for publication by the ANQ).


ANQ methodological evaluation/reports F&I 2014

A literature analysis was used to develop a new clinical risk adjustment process. Using statistical data, this process was then compared with existing statistical procedures. This comparison was then used to inform further recommendations. The preparation of national comparison reports in France/Italy included the measurement for adults and children. The contract included the coordination of agency translation, as well as scientific editing.


AÜP-Solothurner Spitäler AG

This project explored new acute and transitional care on behalf of Solothurner Spitäler AG. Information was gathered on which patients made use of the care offer and which nursing services they received.


The importance, responsibilities and mentoring of SRK nursing assistants (BeKoM PH SRK)

Data was gathered and analysed by means of a documentary analysis, qualitative interviews and quantitative questioning. The documentary analysis and interviews were used to produce a questionnaire, and a survey was carried out with care managers in homes for the elderly and in nursing homes.


Best Practice PsychKP

Various theoretical and few empirical concepts exist in regards to the care of individuals with mental health challenges. The extent to which these concepts are responsible for different priorities and a loss of resources in nursing is unclear.


Primary nursing in psychiatry

Primary nursing is a key concept in psychiatric care. In this project, the primary care nursing standard was introduced in all wards at the Münsingen Psychiatric Centre (PZM).


ENCRICH

This project examines the connection between environmental factors and critical events (falls, aggression, confusion) in two nursing homes for the elderly.


Grade and skill mix

Changes in nursing education are leading to a new grade mix. This project developed a set of academic principles concerning the composition and practical implementation of grade and skill mix.


IMAGE new information management in midwifery

Focus group interviews were used to gather information on needs and experiences concerning current methods. This information along with a literature search were used to inform the development of an innovative, future-oriented information management system for midwives. The inclusion of patients facilitated a person-centred approach to care. The application of the results and findings to further patient groups was planned.


Conflict interventions in acute somatic hospitals in Germany

Qualitative and quantitative data collection methods were used to develop recommendations. The study took place in a number of acute hospitals in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany).


Obsan – Migrants as nursing assistants and brain waste

On behalf of the Swiss Health Observatory, a study was conducted into the significance of ‘brain waste’ among foreign nursing assistants working at Spitex organisations and long-term care institutes in Switzerland.


ORIENT

The purpose of this pilot project was the implementation and evaluation of a nursing intervention in inpatient psychiatry.


Panorama health professions

This project describes scenarios and delivers principles to inform the development of further training which will cover the demand for medical, nursing and care services in 2030.


Patient and family education

Patient education has an important role to play in health promotion. It is unclear which education programmes are delivered by nurses and to what extent these programmes meet current expectations regarding an effective education.


PEPER Patients’ Experiences with Participation in ERAS

This qualitative study involved patients at the Lindenhofspital Bern, who were following the ERAS treatment programme after having received intestinal surgery. The patients participated in semi-structured interviews. The objective of the study was to gain a better understanding of patients’ experience and assessment of the ERAS treatment programme. The aim was to make improvements to patient-centred care.


Nursing in Baden Württemberg

How are care quality, care dependency and care staff requirements connected? Every practitioner knows that these topics ought not be considered independently of one another. However, to date, the nursing sector has little definite knowledge about how these aspects interact. Our aim was to discover whether – and if so, how – the quality of nursing in large institutions differed from that provided in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.


Nursing development in the Solina Steffisburg

The review and development of organisational and nursing-related topics such as: grade and skill mix adjustment, best practice in nursing, resident-centred organisation of work and the implementation of the model in the Solina Steffisburg.


SRK care assistants and their role in the Swiss healthcare system

Changes to professional training and scarce resources are having an impact on the role, skills and responsibilities of SRK nursing assistants. This project examines this situation, as well as the educational background and the potential for development of this group.


PIONEERS – Pioneers of a new paradigm in psychiatric nursing and care at the Bern University of Applied Sciences

In the PIONEERS action research project, the inclusion of users/patients in research and teaching at BFH Health Professions was systematically developed, implemented and evaluated.


Issues relating to psychiatric nursing and care in a residential home

The project aimed to close the research gap on whether the current skills of staff in a residential home for psychologically and mentally disabled persons were sufficient for dealing with issues concerning psychiatric nursing and care.


RESPONS (Life in Swiss nursing homes: residents' perspectives)

Laws, standards and the changing requirements of nursing home residents demand a high level of care. To date, no comprehensive evaluation has been conducted in these nursing homes from the perspective of affected individuals.


Screening health literacy

Supporting patients in health-related activities is an important task for all health professions. The products resulting from the project offer new, technically informed opportunities for the assessment and promotion of health literacy.


Screening malnutrition

Malnutrition is frequently overlooked in everyday clinical settings. It has a negative impact on clinical outcomes and results in additional costs. There is a need for research investigating the barriers and the promoters in the use of  screening and nutrition interventions.


Swiss Care Excellence Certificate

Swiss Care Excellence certificate (SCEC) – the development of a multi-level certification process for quality management systems in nursing.
SCEC enables nursing quality to be compared to a benchmark both within an organisation and against other certified services.


TARMED registration of non-medical services

The H+ association of hospitals undertook a project focused on updating TARMED, the system used for calculating the outpatient tariff structure for medical and hospital services, as it was no longer current.


Tilia grade and skill mix development project

Review and development of the basic conditions underpinning an efficient, skill-based division of labour between different grades in nursing and care.


Needs assessment instrument test

Assisted living offers an alternative to homes for the elderly and nursing homes. Pro Senectute Canton of Bern developed an instrument for assessing demand for the services provided by these facilities.


Chronic wounds expert standard update

Healthcare institutions in Germany are required to base nursing care on expert standards.


The transition to supervised accommodation in Wil

An evaluation of an existing project that aimed to improve the transition from inpatient psychiatric care to supervised accommodation.


Verbal aggression in healthcare

Verbal aggression in healthcare is a frequent occurrence and a potentially detrimental event for staff. In comparison to physical attacks, very few academic studies have addressed the topic of verbal aggression.


Willingness to provide care in the future

This research project was Switzerland’s first comprehensive assessment of the potential of family members and volunteers to provide outpatient care for the elderly.