Sepsis is a killer. While the majority of international research focus on the biomedical mechanisms of sepsis, with significant breakthroughs in recent years, epidemiological studies investigate population patterns that highlight important areas to include to the research agenda, such as high-risk groups, high risk diseases and high risk clinical settings.
The actual functioning (or non-functioning) of health systems, however, remain unclear. Yet health system conditions (such as staffing, communication, information flow, etc.) and their influencing factors have a significant impact on earlier detection of sepsis and could thus contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality of sepsis worldwide.
This project aims to identify and prepare the piloting of interventions that strengthen the facilitating factors for health systems conditions that speed up the detection of sepsis. Generated in a social laboratory approach, these interventions are the result of a novel methodology employing structured, participatory, community-based group process (“incubator approach”) to systematically tap into the intelligence, knowledge and dynamic of a group of stakeholders.
This is an innovative project that transfers, for the first time, a research methodology from a public health perspective and large scale, high-impact outbreak investigations (e.g. Ebola, Pandemic Influenza, etc.) to a research centre that investigates the escalating dynamic of sepsis. This research dimension adds an important layer to the Centre on sepsis treatment and care, creates synergies by putting data into different perspectives and contributes to tackling the burden of sepsis locally, at national and international level.