Call For Papers

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The abstract should provide a title plus a 200-400 words description of the contents.

Important dates

7 March 2022 – Abstract Submission opens

24 April 2022 – Abstract submission closes

13 May 2022 – Notification of acceptance


The workshop will discuss the theory and practice of RHC, including:

  • Case studies and applications of RHC
  • Patient safety and forethought
  • Learning from snapshots versus learning from continuous performance
  • The role of patient involvement in RHC
  • The unification of safety, quality and effectiveness
  • Methodological approaches to research RHC
  • Role of tools and collaborative learning


It is by now widely accepted that progress in patient safety so far has failed to meet ambitions. This is not least because efforts have been predicated on a Safety-I perspective and tried to keep the numbers of adverse events as low as possible. The focus has therefore mainly been on what has gone wrong or could go wrong – or in other words protective safety. Rather than only trying to prevent things from going wrong we need to recognise that clinical care largely goes well because clinicians can adjust their performance to match the circumstances.

Resilient health care acknowledges the need to go beyond preventing errors and failures, to find ways to strengthen the system of health care so that good care is enabled. In order to achieve this we must become better at recognising and learning from the vast majority of events that go well. The previous RHC workshops have developed the foundation for a Safety-II approach to patient safety – productive safety – and demonstrated how it can be brought into practice.

Three years have passed since the last RHC workshop on Awaji island outside Osaka. During these years, we have lived with the covid-19 pandemic. Individuals, healthcare organisations and societies have coped with the challenges and burdens the pandemic and its consequences have brought, and they have done so through actions that are interesting from RHC perspectives. Multiple questions can be raised, some of them are:

  • what are the expression of resilient performance at different organisational levels,
  • how do we move from sporadic (but potentially lengthy) periods of firefighting and still do our ”usual” work
  • what or if our organizations are learning from each surge?

This ninth RHC workshop will further consolidate the practical and theoretical foundations for RHC and discuss what we need to do in order to meet the challenges of the future.