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Research interests

My research focuses on Patient Engagement and Shared Decision Making, in particular the role of information in these processes. The use of information by patients, including Big Data applications,  is steadily increasing. Yet regardless of any type of data, If Patient Engagement is not sufficient, information provision will not impact patient outcomes or quality of care.  I therefore study how to develop balanced, understandable information for patients that is acted upon.  I also try to unravel the mechanisms through which Patient Engagement eventually impacts outcomes. My research is always multidisciplinary in nature, combining approaches from decision psychology with health services research and industrial design. Adaptation of information to people’s existing beliefs and health literacy/numeracy levels plays a central role in my work.

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Research Output 2007 2019

  • 31 Article
  • 1 Report
  • 1 Research VU University Amsterdam, graduation VU University Amsterdam

How do healthcare consumers process and evaluate comparative healthcare information? A qualitative study using cognitive interviews

Damman, O. C., Hendriks, M., Rademakers, J., Delnoij, D. M. J. & Groenewegen, P. P., 2009, In : BMC Public Health. 9, 423.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Using PROMs during routine medical consultations: The perspectives of people with Parkinson's disease and their health professionals.

Damman, OC., Verbiest, M., Vonk, S., Berendse, HW., Bloem, B., de Bruijne, MC. & Faber, M., 14 Jun 2019, In : Health Expectations. doi: 10.1111/hex.12899.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

The effects of infographics and several quantitative versus qualitative formats for cardiovascular disease risk, including heart age, on people's risk understanding

Damman, O. C., Vonk, S. I., van den Haak, M. J., van Hooijdonk, C. M. J. & Timmermans, D. R. M., 2018, In : Patient Education and Counseling. 101, 8, p. 1410-1418

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Treatment recommendations by clinicians in stage I non-small cell lung cancer: A study of factors that influence the likelihood of accounting for the patient's preference

Hopmans, W., Damman, O. C., Porsius, J. T., Zwaan, L., Senan, S. & Timmermans, D. R. M., Nov 2016, In : Patient Education and Counseling. 99, 11, p. 1808-1813 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Making comparative performance information more comprehensible: an experimental evaluation of the impact of formats on consumer understanding

Damman, O. C., De Jong, A., Hibbard, J. H. & Timmermans, D. R. M., Nov 2016, In : BMJ Quality and Safety. 25, 11, p. 860-869

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review