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Clinical Auditing
Effectiveness of clinical audit
Lisanne Hut-Mossel MSc, Prof. Dr. Rijk Gans, Prof. Dr. Kees Ahaus, Dr. Gera Welker
Clinical audits are specifically oriented at achieving quality improvements by systematically examining the healthcare provided, and then further monitoring following the implementation of healthcare improvements. To date, there is little evidence on the mechanisms and the effectiveness of clinical audits. This research aims to identify factors that influence the effectiveness of audits and evaluate the effects of clinical audits on the quality of healthcare.
In collaboration with the UMCG, Centre of expertise on Quality and Safety


Clinical Governance
Clinical governance and motivation
Gepke Veenstra MSc., Prof. Dr. Erik Heineman, Prof. Dr. Eric Molleman, Dr. Gera Welker
Gepke's PhD research focuses on Clinical Governance, which is an organasationwide strategy to improve the outcomes of healthcare by involving healthcare professionals. The outcomes of healthcare are largely dependent on healthcare professionals’ behavior, therefore, healthcare professionals play an important role in quality improvement. Since behavior stems from motivation, Gepke's research draws on Self-Determination Theory to understand the factors that influence the outcomes of healthcare through healthcare professionals’ motivation.
In collaboration with the UMCG, Centre of expertise on Quality and Safety


Continuity of Care
Handover of care
Piet Penninga, Prof. Dr. Jan de Vries, Prof. Dr. Cees van der Schans, dr. Jac Christis
Handover of care is essential for the continuation of the healthcare process. However, handover of care seems to be one of the weakest links in the healthcare supply-chain. Handover of care is a complex interface function in which information, communication, responsibility, and the organizational setting interact. It is known from Operations Management that these elements are important for the performance of a supply chain. This research aims to develop multidisciplinary scientific knowledge and a tool for handover performance in order to describe, analyse, improve, and redesign handover of care.
In collaboration with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences


e-Health
TeleBalance
J. Mulder, dr. Fred van Blommestein, dr. Gerdien Regts, dr. Els Maeckelberghe
Study autonomy perception and authorization schemes for elderly using serious games
In collaboration with a software company

Sprint@Work
Anne Bonvanie MSc , Marlon de Jong MSc, Charissa Roosien MSc, Sander Spook MSc
Improve selfmanagement of health at the workplace by inobtrusive measurement
In collaboration with 12 suppliers, 5 pilot organisations, 3 knowledge institutions

Verzoamelstee
Dr. Eveline Hage
Relation between use of social media and social connectedness
In collaboration with different municipalities

Exploring "disruptive" role of social media in healthcare
Edin Smailhodzic MSc, prof. dr. Albert Boonstra, dr. David Langley
The project explores patients use of social media for health related purposes, how this use affects doctor-patient relationship and how healthcare providers respond to this emerging phenomena.
In collaboration with TN O

Implementing the "Verzoamelstee": using ICT-services for increasing welfare, quality of life and the self-reliance of elderly

Dr. Eveline Hage, dr. Marjolein van Offenbeek, Prof. Dr. Albert Boonstra, prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Wortmann

The Verzoamelstee aimed to improve the wellbeing of older adults in rural areas by, among other things, facilitating the implementation of IS applications that provide wellbeing services as well as other services. The implementation should enable older adults to live independently, increase social cohesion within the participating villages and include the most vulnerable.

In collaboration with UMCG, Vereniging Groninger Dorpen, Menzis; Organisation Collaborating Elderly Unitons (OSO); Zorgbelang; Municipality Winsum; Municipality Ten Boer; Municipality Bedum


Healthcare Purchasing
Purchaser-provider relationship governance in the COPD care supply chain

Bart Noort MSc, Prof. Dr. Ir. Kees Ahaus, dr. Taco van der Vaart

In this project we explore how a healthcare purchaser (health insurer) can use its unique position in the supply chain to improve task division and collaboration in a COPD supply chain. We particularly focus on the role of contractual and relational governance mechanisms used within the relationship between the purchaser and providers.

In collaboration with the Pulmonology Partnership Friesland, De Friesland Health Insurance


Healthcare Economics
Evaluation of specialist nursing support for caregivers of people with dementia

Without unpaid caregivers – partners, family member and friends – health and social care services could not care for people with dementia. We have evidence about the effects of being a caregiver for a person with dementia, but still do not know how to provide specialist support to caregiver effectively and efficiently.

Admiral Nursing is the only dementia specialist nursing service for caregivers in the United Kingdom and has 65 schemes. The National Health Service, local authorities and voluntary organisations pay for and/or host Admiral Nursing services in different areas. While they are set up, run and funded differently, all Admiral Nursing services focus their support on caregivers. Research has described what Admiral Nursing services do and what caregivers think about them. However, this research did not look at how effective the services are, how much they cost or how they work with other health and social care services.

Our research will try to answer the question: What are the costs and benefits for caregivers of people with dementia and the health and social care system of providing specialist nursing support?

In collaboration with Social Policy Research Unit & Centre for Health Economics, University of York; Admiral Nursing (Dementia UK)


Consumption aging
Quantitative research into expenditures on care and support among elderly people

Dr. Raun van Ooijen

This project investigates the importance of health-related expenses over the life cycle. We analyze how the composition of expenditures changes when health deteriorates. We acquire insight into the willingness to pay for health-related expenses and how this relates to the financial situation of the household and the availability of informal care.

In collaboration with Netspar


Motivation
The art of persuasion

Dr. Susanne Täuber

It is important to convince people to live healthy, but what if well-intended attemps backfire? If being healthy is seen as a moral duty, it could lead to defensive behaviour. I research the effects of moral judgements on the self-reliant participation society that we aim for.

In collaboration with FitGaaf!

New Medical Professions
Effect evaluation Pilot Hospital doctor

Dr. Justin Drupsteen, dr. Gerdien Regts, Bakker, Visser, Vos, dr. Marjolein van Offenbeek

In collaboration with SOZG

Effect evaluation Pilot Hospital doctor

Bakker, Visser, dr. Marjolein van Offenbeek

In collaboration with SOZG


Health Self-management
SPRINT@Work: health self-management of employees and the role of job-related autonomy

Anne Bonvanie-Lenferink MSc, dr. Manda Broekhuis, Prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Wortmann, Dr. Els Maeckelberghe

A large number of interviews with employees that wear employer-provided health self-management tools is conducted, after which a measure for job-related autonomy is developed and used in the study at Nij Smellinghe.

In collaboration with a large employer in the North of the Netherlands

SPRINT@Work: health self-management of employees

Anne Bonvanie-Lenferink MSc, dr. Manda Broekhuis, Prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Wortmann, Dr. Els Maeckelberghe

At Nij Smellinghe, 150 employees are wearing activity trackers that provide them with feedback on their behavior. Our goal is to study how different types of feedback impact the effectiveness of the health self-management tool, and what the boundary conditions for effective health self-management are

In collaboration with Nij Smellinghe, Drachten


Patient Safety
The litigation attitude of physicians - a steppingstone to patient safety

Erik Renkema MSc

This research contains several studies on the relationship between physicians' litigation attitude and their patient safety behaviors. Conditions that influence this relationship have been studied as well as physicians' incident disclosure behavior.


Prevention
Moralization of Obesity

Dr. Leatitia Mulder, prof. dr. ir. Koert van Ittersum, Rowan Leerentveld

In the food and health domain, we currently employ victim blaming strategies in an attempt to motivate individuals to lead a healthy lifestyle. A first study finds that victim blaming is detrimental to healthy eating behavior in obese individuals, but not in normal weight individuals. Moreover, this research finds indications that blaming an external party (the manufacturers of processed food) might be beneficial in weight management for obese individuals, but not for normal weight individuals. Additional research is conducted to gain a more in-depth understanding of the underlying mechanism.

Healthy Shopping Baskets

Prof. dr. ir. Koert van Ittersum, Mark van der Heide, dr. Jenny van Doorn, prof. Dr. Tammo Bijmolt

In collaboration with PLUS Retail, we conduct research aimed at helping consumers create healthier shopping baskets. To be able to help consumers create healthier shopping basket as they shop for groceries, it is important to understand the grocery shopping process. This project aims to improve our understanding of the grocery shopping process using laboratory, field, and natural experiments in collaboration the retailer.

In collaboration with PLUS supermarket

The effect of healthy choice behavior on foodwaste

Dr. Jenny van Doorn, Marit Drijfhout, Prof. dr. ir. Koert van Ittersum

Food waste is an important societal problem with negative consequences for food security, the environment and consumer well-being. Every year one-third of all edible food products for human consumption is wasted or lost in the supply chain, while at the same time around one billion people around the globe are malnourished. In this research project, we examine whether and how healthy choice behavior may influence food waste.

Changing sport canteens to improve snack behavior among children

Prof. dr. ir. Koert van Ittersum

In collaboration with among others the KNVB, this line of research intends to improve healthy food choices in sports and company cafeteria by improving the assortment and changing the environment to facilitate healthy choices. A first project, involving two MSc students, Sasja van der Leeuw and Esther Kooistra, tested the effect of introducing a healthy kids snack box in one KNVB sport canteen on healthy snack choice.

In collaboration with KNVB

The effect of health-support programs on healthy lifestyles

Prof. dr. ir. Koert van Ittersum, prof. Dr. Tammo Bijmolt

In collaboration with Menzis, this research studies whether and how health-support programs (e.g., Samen Gezond) influence the healthiness of participants’ lifestyles. A first project, involving one MSc student Ruben van Brug, has been finalized and a second student will continue this line of research.

In collaboration with Menzis

Adoption radical behavioral changes

Jan Koch MSc, dr. Jan Willem Bolderdijk, Prof. dr. ir. Koert van Ittersum

Research on what influences the adoption likelihood of radical behavior changes (e.g., consumption insects).

Health segmentation

Dr. Jenny van Doorn, Prof. dr. ir. Koert van Ittersum

In collaboration with the The Netherlands Nutrition Centre Foundation (Stichting Voedingscentrum), and MSc students Renée van Dijk and Janneke Schippers, we have conducted research to research whether valuable consumer health segments can be identified based on people’s value orientations.

In collaboration with Voedingscentrum

HeadsUp research: How good youth support benefits society

Taking good care of our youth is an efficient way to create a strong society with adults that live their lives happily. An element of good care is giving the best proven treatment and support to children that are in need of it.

How sooner children receive proper help, the better the chance that they will grow up to being balanced adults that contribute to society, both in social and economic regard. Adults who are capable of taking care of themselves, who won’t be addicts and won’t end up being criminals. Adults that don’t cause inconvenience to society and, in terms of business, cost less money.

Evidence-based youth healthcare doesn’t only solve today’s problems, but also prevents future problems.

More efficient, cheaper and better

Research programme Heads Up is set up around the question:

What are the societal and financial gains of good healthcare exactly, how can we calculate them and how do they relate to the costs of care?

With the tools that Heads Up will yield, we can provide insight into the benefits of healthcare on the long-run. Local authorities will gain more control with such information and institutions will be better able to estimate which healthcare developments deserve to be prioritised. In this way, youth healthcare will be more efficient, cheaper and better.

Collaboration RUG and Accare

Heads Up is part of the centre of expertise Healthwise, within which dozens of studies are done in the field of health(care) management and economics. For Heads Up, the faculty of Economics and Business (University of Groningen) and Accare’s scientific section work closely together.

Visit our HeadsUP kick-off.


ROM
The role of Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) in mental health care and the evaluation of a ROM-based computerized clinical decision support system to improve the quality of care

Magda Tasma, Prof. dr. Albert Boonstra; drs. Stynke Castelein; Philippe Delespaul

In collaboration with Lentis


Healthcare Organisation
Organisational models for thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke: a simulation exemplar

Dr. Maarten Lahr, Prof. Erik Buskens, Dr. Gert Jan Luijckx, Dr. Patrick Vroomen, Dr. van der Zee

Aim of this thesis was to perform an observational study comparing a centralized versus a decentralized organizational model for acute ischemic stroke patients. Next, we performed a simulation study to identify barriers and opportunities for improvements along the acute stroke pathway.

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