19 October 2018
Symposium on patient safety in cross-border care

Cross-border healthcare not standard practice

International collaboration in healthcare is not standard practice, even in border regions, according to a recent study by Maastricht University and Uniklinik RWTH Aachen. As part of the SafePAT project, healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses and ambulance workers) from the Meuse-Rhine Euregion were asked to share their experiences with international patient transfers. Just 30% of respondents occasionally dealt with international transfers, during which they encountered a variety of practical obstacles, such as cultural differences, language barriers and differences in the organisation of care. Prejudices and hierarchical differences can also make collaboration difficult, particularly when transferring patients.