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As Gino Kerkhoffs suggests in his inaugural lecture, the appeal of orthopaedics is inextricably linked to the ambition to optimise patient care quality. The greatest challenge in this regard lies in finding the best possible solution to the specific (acute) locomotor problems occurring at a specific time in the patient's life.

Event details of The race to provide good patient care
Date 7 November 2014
Time 16:00 -17:00
Location Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Prof Gino Kerkhoffs
Photo: Dirk Gillissen

As Gino Kerkhoffs suggests in his inaugural lecture, the appeal of orthopaedics is inextricably linked to the ambition to optimise patient care quality. The greatest challenge in this regard lies in finding the best possible solution to the specific (acute) locomotor problems occurring at a specific time in the patient's life.

Optimal care can and should be made available to all patients throughout the Netherlands at all times. Orthopaedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, sports doctors, physiotherapists, movement scientists, radiologists and healthcare insurers all want the best possible outcome for the patient. These parties can provide unique care during each stage of the care process by working together as part of a team of experts.

Patient care based around the principle of continual quality improvement will help reduce costs and stimulate and improve communications between the various stakeholders. This will require transparency in terms of the relevant approach, process management and outcomes, with both patient and doctor responsible for monitoring the quality of care. The quality of care for (injured) professional athletes can serve as an example in this regard.  Professional athletes (seeking to achieve optimal performance) and their coaches (both key to the monitoring of the process) receive care from a flexible team of care professionals, based on the requirements formulated by both athlete and coach.

Patient and doctor should be jointly in the lead in a manageable, transparent environment, ensuring that the - measurably - best care is available to patients with locomotor problems at all times.

Prof. G.M. Kerkhoffs, Professor of Orthopaedics, with a focus on sports traumatology: The race to provide good patient care.

Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam

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This event is open to the public.