Mireille van Oijen-Dekker

Master of Science,


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Since I started working in Amsterdam UMC, I’ve been able to combine my tasks as an infection control practitioner with setting up several projects to strengthen infection control. I developed a link nurse network and collaborated with nurses throughout the hospital to implement infection prevention in all departments. This program to train and support these nurses is a great success. It won the VUmc profile price in 2016; a price yearly awarded to multi-disciplinary teams that deliver exceptional multi-year performance in one or more core tasks within Amsterdam UMC.

After work hours, I studied Clinical Epidemiology. In 2017 I received my Master’s degree. My master thesis served as a prelude to my PhD trajectory.

In the past 4 ½ years, I combined my work as an infection control practitioner with my research activities. My PhD project involves collaboration between the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention and the section Quality and Organization of Care, of the Department of Public and Occupational Health.

QOCis 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 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.


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