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Prof. Sandra C Buttigieg

Prof. Sandra C Buttigieg

M.D.(Melit.),M.Sc.(Pub.Hlth.),M.B.A.(Exec.)(Melit.),Ph.D.(Aston),F.F.P.H.(UK),M.M.C.F.D.

Associate Professor
Health Services Management
Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 7
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
Msida
contact+356 2340 1906

Head of Department
Health Services Management
Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 7
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
Msida
contact+356 2340 1906

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Biography

Sandra C. Buttigieg is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Health Services Management (HSM), Faculty of Health Sciences, UOM, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, HSMC, University of Birmingham, UK. She is Consultant Public Health Medicine, Head-Clinical Performance Unit, and member-Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Team, Mater Dei Hospital. She lectures in HSM, Public Health, Family Medicine, Research Methodology and Evidence-based Management.

Professor Buttigieg strongly advocates inter-/trans-disciplinarity within HSM in practice/research. She believes that performance of health organizations and systems is a function of policy, people and operating systems.

Her research, therefore, focuses on, but also links, clinical performance management, quality of care, patient safety, health information technology, organisational behaviour, operations management/research; and policy issues (ageism, migrant health, One Health).

She authored/co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed international journals, and widely participated in international conferences, and congresses. She is on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Human Resources Management, Journal of Health Organization and Management, and Frontiers in Public Health. She is currently also Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers Veterinary Science, and Frontiers Topic Editor: Network for Evaluation of One Health (NEOH) – Case Studies. She is a member of the research committee of the Health Care Management Division, American Academy of Management; and co-chair of special interest group, within the European Health Management Association on ‘best practices in health care management’. She reviews extensively for numerous peer-reviewed journals in health care, management and psychology.

She was visiting scholar at - James Madison University, Aston University UK, Kuwait University, and guest speaker in various international events. She is Fellow of two programmes of the Salzburg Global Seminar, related to health care, which were led by amongst others, past presidents of the Institute of Medicine, namely, Donald Berwick and Harvey V. Fineberg.

Professor Buttigieg is very active in the EU-funded COST Actions: CA 15222 – cost containment and quality of care (leader-WG 1); TD 1404 – NEOH (co-leader-WG 3); IS 1402 – Ageism (co-leader-WG 1); and IS 1103 – Adapting European Health Systems to Diversity (country-coordinator).

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Performance management in health care (KPIs, hospital dashboards, team/unit/hospital performance)
  • Quality of health care and patient safety. Use of LFA, AHP, QFD and Six Sigma for quality improvement initiatives
  • Health policy issues (ageism, migrant health, One Health)
  • Organisational behaviour (leadership, teams, stress, psychological contract, social support, engagement)
  • Human resources management and development
  • Operations management/research in health care (length of stay, delayed discharges, use of LFA, QFD, AHP, Six Sigma)
  • Information technology in health care management


Selected Publications

Buttigieg, S.C., Pace, A. & Rathert, C. 2017, "Hospital performance dashboards: A literature review", Journal of Health Organization and Management, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 385-406.

São José, José Manuel Sousa, Amado, C.A.F., Ilinca, S., Buttigieg, S.C. & Taghizadeh Larsson, A. 2017, "Ageism in health care: A systematic review of operational definitions and inductive conceptualizations", The Gerontologist, vol. The American Society of Gerontology Online, pp. gnx020.

Vincent Cassar, B., F. & Buttigieg, S.C. 2017, "The relationship between transformational leadership and work attitudes: Comparing mediating influences of social identity and the psychological contract", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 646-661.

Buttigieg, S.C., Schuetz, M. & Bezzina, F. 2016, "Value chains of public and private health-care services in a small EU island state: A SWOT analysis", Frontiers in Public Health, Journal of Health Economics, vol. 4, pp. 201.

Buttigieg, S.C., Dey, P.K. & Cassar, M.R. 2016, "Combined quality function deployment and logical framework analysis to improve quality of emergency care in Malta", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 123-140.

Tomaselli, G., Melia, M., Garg, L., Gupta, V., Xuereb, P. & Buttigieg, S.C. 2016, "Digital and traditional tools for communicating corporate social responsibility: A literature review", International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking (IJBDCN), vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 1-15.

Buttigieg, S.C., von Eiff, W., Farrugia, P. & von Eiff, M.C. 2015, "Process optimization in the emergency department by the use of point-of-care-testing (POCT) in life-threatening conditions : comparative best practice examples from Germany and Malta", Advances in Health Care Management, vol. 17, pp. 195-209.

Buttigieg, S., Rathert, C., D'Aunno, T.A. & Savage, G.T. 2015, "International research in health care management : its need in the 21st century, methodological challenges, ethical issues, pitfalls, and practicalities", Advances in Health Care Management, vol. 17, pp. 3-22.

Buttigieg, S.C. & West, M.A. 2013, "Senior management leadership, social support, job design and stressor-to-strain relationships in hospital practice", Journal of Health Organization and Management, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 171-192.

Buttigieg, S.C., West, M.A. & Dawson, J.F. 2011, "Well-structured teams and the buffering of hospital employees from stress", Health Services Management Research, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 203-212.

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