Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
MN(Hons) MBA BA RN FCNZ(NZ)
Dr Sarah Berger is Nursing Director for the CDHB Infection Prevention & Control Service.
She returned to Christchurch in 2019 after seven years working in an academic research and teaching role for the Department of General Practice and Health Services Research in the Medical Faculty at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
During this busy and productive period, she produced over thirty publications in peer-reviewed international journals generated from studies in health services research with a broad-base of methodological approaches across the quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods spectrum.
Her doctoral research examined group decision-making in health care teams. This work generated new insights and knowledge on the structures and processes of decision-making in groups and provided evidence on how groups function as complex adaptive systems during collaboration, in which synergetic gains may emerge.
Her particular expertise and special interest is in the field of interprofessional education and collaboration, which is an area of increasing relevance as the aging demographic in high income nations and the increasing numbers of people living with chronic disease call for improved collaboration and co-ordination of care by health professionals.
Sarah is passionate about improving collaboration among members of health care teams in the interest of patient safety and improved patient outcomes.
Sarah is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Interprofessional Care, a leading publication in the field of interprofessional research in health and social care including education and collaborative practice.