EKOS (2016-2019)

EKOS_Logo_rgbEKOS – The development of a new concept to ensure successful medical care for rare, highly contagious and life-threatening diseases within tertiary care hospitals / Entwicklung eines neuartigen Konzepts zur Sicherstellung der infektiologischen-medizinischen Versorgung von seltenen, hochkontagiösen und lebensbedrohlichen Erkrankungen in Schwerpunktkrankenhäusern (Homepage EKOS; Homepage Infect Control 2020)

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Funding Period: November 2016 – October 2019

Project Partners: Robert Koch Institut; Freie Universität Berlin; Technische Universität Braunschweig; Technische Universität Berlin; Nordwest-Box GmbH&Co KG


Project Description:

Climate change and globalisation have radically increased the risk of infection with rare, highly contagious and often life-threatening diseases (HCID). Infected patients often have to receive emergency treatment outside of high level isolation units. Regular hospitals often lack the technical or communicational provisions to administer medical care of such rare diseases in a completely competent manner. In addition hospital staff also needs to come to terms with their own fears and insecurities when caring for patients suffering from HCID.

The interdisciplinary project EKOS brings together several partners from the healthcare sector with the task of developing a new concept that may ensure successful medical care of patients with HCID within specific hospitals.

The project aim is to improve the organisational and individual resilience of these hospitals. Focussing on communicative aspects we will develop an integrated concept for communication with patients, staff and public. Contributing factors in relation to organisational and individual resilience also need to be identified and integrated within such a concept. Resilience here is perceived as the ability to maintain positive adjustment under challenging conditions, and to emerge from such conditions strengthened and more resourceful. “Good practices” will be derived, and will later be applicable to other hospitals.

Our empirical project analyses the internal and external communication of the hospitals through qualitative and quantitative methods. A research-tool will be developed, designed and tested to derive measurement possibilities for human resource development, the communicative reduction of social stigma and the prevention of a hospitals’ loss of reputation.