EU hospitals face crisis as doctors, nurses consider quitting, METEOR study finds 

The European healthcare sector faces a deepening staffing crisis as almost one in ten doctors and even more nurses intend to leave their professions, a study from the EU-funded Project METEOR found. The researchers also identify the reasons why employees quit, which can help governments and hospital administrators combat the trend. In an article published … Read more

METEOR researchers share recommendations on healthcare worker retention at EUHPP webinar

METEOR researchers Lode Godderis and Anke Boone presented the project’s findings at the webinar “Health Workforce Challenges: Ways Forward for Policy-making”, organised by the EU Health Policy Platform on 26 January. The event attracted more than 200 participants from across Europe. Building on the three-year research project, Godderis and Boone presented policy recommendations on how to prevent … Read more

Domenica Matranga discusses METEOR’s findings with 

In a recent interview with, University of Palermo Professor Domenica Matranga, a medical statistician and researcher at Project METEOR, discussed shortages of healthcare workers and the challenges of retention in light of the project’s recent findings. “We sought to understand what the determinants of leaving hospital jobs are, and we interviewed around 1,400 nurses … Read more

Anke Boone discusses healthcare workers’ situation in interview with Artsenkrant

In an interview with Artsenkrant, a leading Belgian magazine for general practitioners, Project METEOR researcher Anke Boone shed light on Project METEOR’s findings regarding the situation of healthcare professionals in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. “We need structural adjustments to overcome problems connected with mental well-being and burnout among healthcare staff, which only increased during the pandemic,” … Read more

METEOR researcher discusses medical deserts at ROUTE-HWF symposium

METEOR researcher Olivia Lavreysen (KU Leuven) joined the two-day ROUTE-HWF symposium to discuss how to ensure equitable access to healthcare for all, regardless of geographical location or socioeconomic background. “Aging, poverty, travel distances, and healthcare provider-population ratios are the main factors contributing to the existence of medical deserts,” Olivia Lavreysen said. “We have to understand … Read more

METEOR presents its findings at European Public Health Conference

Meteor researchers Olivia Lavreysen (KU Leuven) and Marco Enea (Università degli Studi di Palermo) showcased the project’s findings at the 16th European Public Health Conference, “Our Food, Our Health, Our Earth: A Sustainable Future for Humanity” in Dublin on 8-11 November 2023. During a panel discussion on “How to solve shortages and uneven distribution of health workers in Europe?” Olivia Lavreysen … Read more

METEOR Researchers Discuss Strategies for Healthcare Worker Retention at ESNO World Café

Researchers Anke Boone from KU Leuven and Neeltje de Vries from Spaarne Gasthuis discussed the METEOR project and its preliminary results at a conference focused on Health Workforce and Nurse Shortage, organised by the European Specialist Nurses Organisation (ESNO). The ESNO World Cafe was a two-day event that took place in Brussels on April 20th … Read more

Prof. Godderis Speaks to Artsenkrant About the Latest METEOR Study

In a recent interview with ‘Artsenkrant’, a leading Belgian magazine for doctors Prof. Lode Godderis discussed the latest findings from the METEOR project’s study on factors influencing physicians’ and nurses’ decisions to remain in their hospital jobs. “Caregivers stay for a variety of reasons, and it’s certainly not just about pay,” Prof. Godderis told Artsenkrant. … Read more

METEOR Takes Part in Health Workforce Projects Cluster Meeting in Utrecht

METEOR researchers Anke Boone from KU Leuven, Domenica Matranga, and Laura Maniscalco from UNIPA, participated in the inaugural workshop of the Health Workforce Projects Cluster. The workshop aimed to maximise outcomes achieved by five research projects, promote mutual learning from each other’s experiences, and strategise joint efforts. The Health Workforce Projects Cluster brings together five … Read more

METEOR presents first results during webinar for researchers, healthcare workers

Members of Meteor research consortium presented the project’s first results during an online seminar on 28 November 2022 titled “Should I stay or should I go. Why healthcare workers intend to quit”. The event, organised by Meteor partner UNIPA, brought together more than 40 participants, including healthcare scholars, doctors and nurses, and featured five presentations. … Read more