VAR Healthcare: Norway’s Decision Support Tool for Patient Safety and Continuity


Sep 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
TIGER Virtual Learning Environment

Good competence in nursing has direct benefits for patient safety and quality of care. Health care procedures have traditionally been developed locally and with little or no coordination for each hospital unit or health institutions, nor with educational texts. Clinical practice experience shows that developing and maintaining health care procedures according to the latest research/best practices is a challenging and time consuming process. Because of new demands from the Norwegian health authorities imposed in 2001, there was a clear need for utilizing available technology and developing a system for health care procedures. This system needed to be based on the best evidence in order to improve efficiency, save money, improve communication and treatment throughout units and institutions while bridging both education and practice. VAR Healthcare was developed in 2001 to fill this gap, and support the requirements of the new government initiatives. Presented by Ann Kristen Rotegård, PhD, Department Manager, VAR Healthcare, Cappelen Damm, Norway

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to ensure quality in education and practice with a common system of evidence-based procedures
  2. Understanding the complexity of practical procedures and the actions necessary to ensure good quality
  3. Understanding how a tool like VAR can contribute to lifelong learning, continuity of care, and patient safety


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Event Contact Information

Toria Shaw
Senior Manager, Professional Development