Qualitative results of stakeholder focus group sessions on Belgian hospital collaboration models

Data tables containing summarized qualitative results of seven semistructured focus groups sessions addressing hospital collaboration models in Belgium. These took the form of consultations with stakeholders invited from Belgian hospitals and special interest groups.

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Table 3. submissie. docx.docx - Advantages and disadvantages of integrated health systems, from the perspective of the stakeholders
Table 4. submissie. docx.docx - Advantages and disadvantages of a coordinated network, from the perspective of the stakeholders
Table 5. submissie. docx.docx - Advantages and disadvantages of a joint venture, from the perspective of the stakeholders

Each focus group aimed to include 8-12 participants organized by stakeholder groups. The groups are as follows:
- hospital management (chief executive officers and chief medical officers)
- chairs of medical councils or their representatives, chairs of hospital boards,
- special interest groups (physicians’ associations from hospitals and primary care, hospital federations, federations of hospital directors, and federations of health care professionals)

Selection of the participants was based on hospital characteristics (large or small; private or public; university or not; national, regional, or local; etc.) resulting in a balanced and representative combination of participants from Belgian hospital stakeholder groups.

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Background: Hospitals are increasingly parts of larger care collaborations, rather than individual entities. Organizing and operating these collaborations is challenging; a significant number do not succeed, as it is difficult to align the goals of the partners. Little research has however focused on stakeholders' views of hospital collaboration forms, and how these views can be aligned with those of hospital management. The study that produced these data explores Belgian hospital stakeholders' perspectives on factors that affect hospital collaborations, as well as their perspectives on different models of Belgian interhospital collaboration. Method: Qualitative study using focus groups. Results: A total of 55 hospital stakeholders (hospital managers and chairs of medical councils, hospital boards, special interest groups) participated in seven focus group sessions. Participants discussed viewpoints, barriers, and facilitators regarding hospital collaboration models (health systems, networks, and joint ventures). Collaboration in health care is challenging, as the goals of the different stakeholder groups are partly parallel, but sometimes in conflict. Successful collaboration requires trust and commitment.