Visit a new website and learn about Second victims in healthcare

This website aims to communicate news and activities of the ERNST – COST ACTION CA19113: THE EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS’ NETWORK WORKING ON SECOND VICTIMS. Learn more about the action, its aim, and objectives here:

Our colleagues, prof. Andrea Madarasova Geckova and Ivana Skoumalova, MSc. are participating in the following working groups of the action:

WG1 / Network promotion (Networking, management, dissemination issues, assessment of work plan and sustainability)
WG3 / Making it happen (Make feasible interventions, train professionals, and implement cultural, legal, or educational changes)
WG4 / Facilitators and barriers (Explore and facilitate alternatives to overcome taboos, or obstacles facilitating collaboration among stakeholders)

Learn more about the working groups, its objectives, and deliverables here:

Our Horizon 2020 proposal “RIVER-EU: Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging Underserved communities” supported by the European Commission!!!

We are happy to be a part of it as members of the consortium consisting of 14 institutions from 10 European and associated countries. Our university research team consisting of experts in field of epidemiology, infectious disease, health psychology, and public health Prof. Monika Halanova, dr. Ingrid Urbancikova, Prof. Andrea Madarasova Geckova and dr. Daniela Filakovska will be lead by prof. Pavol Jarčuška supported by university project centre in implementation of this project.

On behalf of the UPJŠ, our colleagues Andrea Madarasova Geckova and Daniela Filakovska attended the first online consortium meeting held on the 6th of January where the agenda for the upcoming period was discussed. The aim of this project is to 1) increase understanding of the determinants of low vaccine uptake in specific contexts; 2) develop strategies to increase vaccination rates within these contexts; and 3) develop a series of recommendations that national and regional public health authorities could implement in order to increase vaccine coverage. 

The new website was launched!

We would like to share with you a variety of information regarding the possibilities of improving the healthcare system, its responsiveness to the needs of patients but also of the working conditions of health professionals so that healthcare is accessible, safe, and effective. 
We draw on the knowledge that we gained from research in the field of health psychology, from the cooperation with healthcare providers and international projects. 
Visit our website: and stay in contact with us on Facebook:

Inspiring four days spent with DIPEx international network

Our colleagues Lucia Bosakova and Zuzana Dankulincova attended annual network meeting of DIPEx international online. Since November 3 till December 3 network members from all around the world discussed their work progress in the last year, limitations and opportunities raised during COVID-19 pandemic and plans for upcoming year. What a wonderful time with inspiring people.

DIPEx International is a unique global collaboration of scholars, clinicians, and patients committed to enriching our understanding of people’s experiences of health, healthcare and illness and bringing that new knowledge into the world.

In case you want to learn more about DIPEx international, visit

Three new double degree PhD agreements signed!

Symbolically, on the day when we are celebrating the Gentle Revolution in Slovakia (on 17th November), we are celebrating also a signature of a double degree agreement of three PhD. candidates. During the collaboration between University of Groningen and  University of Pavol Josef Safarik in Kosice ( Coherent-Community Health Research Network, previously called KISH) more than 30 young people graduated at UMCG. Today we are happy to hold in our hands signed double degree agreements for three other young, talented and for research passionate ladies, candidates.

Our fingers crossed for Shoshana Chovan, Viktoryia Karchinskaya and Simona Horanicova.

A new paper on health literacy in dialyzed patients was released in IJERPH!

Read our fresh scientific article on health literacy in dialyzed patients. We explored whether depression and anxiety mediate the association of health literacy with diet non-adherence in dialyzed patients. The results of the study showed that anxiety and depression partly mediated this association. Our findings imply that attention is needed to focus on early and regular screening for the symptoms of depression and anxiety and their treatment in dialyzed patients. Decreased capacities in HL may lead to feelings of failure, frustration, passivity, or uncertainty in relation to treatment and health improvement and thus result in decreased diet adherence. Feelings of confusion related to health information and treatment in connection to anxiety or depression may affect communication with health care providers, thus they should pay more attention to encourage patients to be active in participation and offer psychological support where needed.

Read more in the open-access journal:


Preparation on new GoPA! Country Card  for  SLOVAK REPUBLIC are now finishing! Our collegue Jaroslava Kopcakova colaborated on preparation of new Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA) country card of lovak republic in English and in Slovak version.

“We are working hard so that the Country Cards become an evaluation and advocacy tool for helping governments, researchers and society to improve their health through physical activity” Andrea Ramirez Varela – Coordinator of the Global Observatory for Physical Activity – GoPA!

Will be avalaible soon on website