From the start of the pandemic, researchers from the Health Care Governance group of Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management have observed crisis decision-making in healthcare, focusing on the regional crisis governance structure. Based on their observations, interviews and document analysis they analyze the pandemic as a multiple crisis, focusing on the adaptability of decision-making structures.
In their intermediate report, they point at the importance of informal networks in managing the crisis, the importance of connections between acute and longterm care, and the frictions between Covid- and normal care policies. They make a plea for greater involvement of patient representatives and professionals from the work floor in crisis decision-making. Follow-up research will focus on how this can be achieved and the role of regional coordination structures.