Veronika Pačutová

Mgr. Veronika Pačutová (1990) is a dual PhD student in the field of Public Health, at the Dept. of Health Psychology and Research Methodology, Faculty of Medicine, P. J. Šafárik University in Košice and also at the Dept. of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen. Her slovak supervisor is prof. Andrea Madarasova Geckova and Dutch supervisors are Andrea F. de Winter and Sijmen A. Reijneveld. She is focused on research in “Impact of work challenges on health and well-being of health care professionals“ with main interest in the field of quality of life of HCWs and healthcare provided during the pandemic situation COVID-19 and circumstances which could affect it and what kind of impact they could cause. Additionally, she is strongly oriented on the topics, such as patient safety and patient safety incidents, reporting and prevention during health care provision. She had great opportunities to attend internships at SDU Denmark, Slovak Ministry of Health (Institute for Healthcare Analyses), Health Care Surveillance Authority and general hospitals (Dept. of Epidemiology and Quality of healthcare) to observe and gain new knowledge. She received important work experience and passion for improving healthcare during the pandemic situation COVID-19 at Regional Office of Public Health in 2020.

Previously she successfully graduated in the field of Public Health at Slovak Medical University in Bratislava, Slovakia. At that time, she actively participated in the project „Respect for life – Occurrence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease in high school students“ under the auspices of Bratislava self-governing region, Public Health Authority of the Slovak republic and Slovak Medical University. The purpose was to detect the occurrence of risky factors of cardiovascular diseases in high-school students by using a cross-sectional study. She was responsible for measuring, collecting, evaluating of datas and assisting in completing the questionnaires. All data sources have been applied in her thesis. The project helped her to develop analytical skills and learn how to prioritize work properly. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree with a thesis „Psychosocial risk factors and developing of chronic diseases“ and successfully completed her Master’s degree with thesis „Obesity and psychosocial risk factors in high school children“. 

#pandemic preparedness  #HCWs´ well-being  #COVID-19  #patient safety  #quality of health care  #adverse events  #second victims  #resilience


Published manuscripts:

  1. Pacutova V., Madarasova  Geckova A., Kizek P., de Winter A.F., Reijneveld S.A.: The impact of pandemic management on the quality of life of Slovak dentists.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5484.
  2. Pacutova V., Madarasova Geckova A.,Majernikova S.M., Kizek P., de Winter A.F., Reijneveld S.A.: Job Leaving Intentions of Dentists Associated with COVID-19 Risk, Impact of Pandemic Management, and Personal Coping Resources. International Journal of Public Health 2022, 67, 1604466.
  3. Pacutova V., Madarasova Geckova A.,Kizek P., Novotny M., Winter A.F., Reijneveld S.A.: Psychological Responses of Health Care Workers Are Strongly Associated With Pandemic Management. Frontiers in Psychology – Health Psychology 2022, 13:902673.
  4. Pacutova V., Madarasova Geckova A., Kizek P., Majernikova SM., de Winter A., Reijneveld SA. Pandemic management impacts Slovak health care workers´ quality of life during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. PLOS One, 2023, 18(3):e0283740.