Assessing the impact of risk factors in public health projects
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The main goal of the thesis is to identify the risks that affect projects in the health sector and to study their impact on the planning, implementation, quality and budget of the project and to the environment. The approach was made through the analysis of the health project environment and through a case study. The case study was based on the fact that the last major project in the health sector was the construction of the Nicosia General Hospital. Since then, major health projects have been related to the acquisition of medical equipment to meet the needs of new departments or to replace old medical equipment. The risk analysis was based on international standards such as IEC 31010: 2019 and ISO 31000: 2018. The statistical data were collected from eProcurement, the platform where the open tenders are published for the selection of the Contractor who will undertake the supply, installation and subsequent the maintenance of the medical equipment. In addition, the research was extended to qualitative data collected from the tenders’ documents for the undertaking of the project, as well as by specialized search in databases. During the research, the probability of each risk to occur and its consequences were calculated. In addition, the research extended to the ways in which public health organizations have developed to address risks. The results of the research are significant for all those involved in the processes of public health projects and can be the basis for future research.