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Research interests

As a coordinator and researcher, my focus is on participation of both nurses and patients in care networks, with specific attention to participation in decision making in end-of-life care and in improving outcomes, e.g. infection prevention. Central research question in this work is ‘How can nurses and patients be empowered to take active part in planning and managing care in complex, interprofessional networks?’ By answering this question, I aim to support evidence-based decisions that contribute to improved outcomes and experiences.

The focus on participation is also present in the process of research projects, in which I often use principles of participatory action research. In order to realize sustainable outcomes in practice, I work closely together with end-users in designing and conducting research projects, such as patient representatives, nurses, physicians and other health care professionals, policy makers and designers. As for research designs, I am familiar with mixed methods, often combining quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The empowerment of nurses is also present in my role as coordinator nursing research, in which I co-create a strategy on academic nursing career paths in Amsterdam UMC. Through this strategy, academic career opportunities for master educated nurses are created.   

I am member of the section Quality and Organization of Care, Department of Public and Occupational Health. QOC is a multidisciplinary section that aims to improve the quality and organization of public, curative, and palliative health care for citizens, patients and health care professionals, organizations and health care systems by performing research and translating scientific knowledge into practice, policy and education.

Within this section my research falls with the research group Public Health at the End of Life and Quality and Organization of Care. The research group Public Health at the End of Life aims to contribute to quality of life and quality of dying of people with a life-threatening illness and to also contribute to the wellbeing of their relatives. First and foremost by studies on the quality and organization of care at the end of life, in all health care settings and among all stakeholders. Important subthemes are advance care planning, palliative care, family care, nursing care and decision-making at the end-of-life.

The research group Quality and Safety of Health care aims to increase scientific knowledge on determinants at the organization, professional and patient level and to translate this knowledge to implementation of evidence based interventions. Specific themes are: patient safety in hospitals, safety II, teamwork, tools for teams, and value based personalized health care.


Nursing, patient partipation, decision making, member of Amsterdam Research Board  


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