John Øvretveit

Dr. John Øvretveit is Director of Research and Professor of health care innovation implementation and evaluation at the Medical Management Centre, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm ( Dr. Øvretveit’s work is based on the belief that organisation and management can bring out both the best and the worst in us, and that the right organisation design is critical for effective healthcare. A theme underlying his work is how practical research can contribute both to better care for patients. Much of his work uses different social sciences to explain and predict events and processes in health care and clinical practice. He was awarded the 2014 Avedis Donabedian international quality award for his work on quality economics and has carried out research and practical projects internationally on quality and safety improvement and implementation since 1985. Translations of some of his 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and books have been made into nine languages. Six books have won publications awards, including twice winner of the European Health Management Association Award and the Baxter health publication of the year prize, for “Action Evaluations” (2002) and “Health Service Quality” (1992). He is currently a reviewer for and editorial board member of eight scientific health journals, and a board member of the Joint Commission Resources/International, advisor since 1995 to The Netherlands Health Service Research Council.