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Health Literacy

The EU-funded IROHLA project (see www.irohla.eu) is being conducted in collaboration with the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (Urban and Regional Studies Institute), the UMCG (Social Medicine) and a number of other partners from the Netherlands and other European countries. Studies are being conducted on the effects of interventions (both existing ones and interventions developed within the framework of the project) on the effectiveness of communication with older people at various levels of literacy and health skills. Contributions are made by CIW professors Carel Jansen and John Hoeks, PhD student Ruth Koops van ’t Jagt and the BA and MA students supervised by them. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Dr Andrea de Winter and Prof. Menno Reijneveld of the UMCG.

Orthopaedics: development of communication skills

Within the Orthopaedics department, MA students of CIW have in recent years conducted research into different aspects of consultations by orthopaedists under supervision of Dr Mike Huiskes (CIW department). The research focuses on matters such as the phasing of follow-up consultations, the role of computers in various phases of the consultation, and how doctors ask questions, show empathy and use non-verbal communication. The Orthopaedics department has also laid the foundations for research into the development of communication skills in doctors (see also below): differences in consultation between experienced and inexperienced orthopaedic surgeons have been mapped based on their consultations. This revealed that experienced orthopaedists hold longer consultations, during which they take a more relaxed approach towards the standard phases of consultation. In addition, they spend more time on explaining and justifying their proposed treatment. This study is conducted in collaboration with Dr Martin Steven and Prof. Sjoerd Bulstra of the UMCG.

General Practice Medicine: development of communication skills

Within the General Practice Medicine department of the UMCG, Dr Mike Huiskes (CIW department) is conducting research on the development of communication skills in general practitioner trainees (AiOs). The consultations held by AiOs are recorded, transcribed and analysed at five measurement moments in the first and third years of their degree programme. This research aims not only to map the development of communication skills, but also, based on the research results, to develop teaching material and assessment instruments that tie in with the specific problems that AiOs encounter during their studies. This study is being conducted in collaboration with the deputy head of the General Practice Medicine department, Dr Agnes Diemers.

5 genes per minute: interdisciplinary platform

5gpm is a project being conducted at the Clinical Genetics department, where newborns with undiagnosable disorders are discussed in meetings. These meetings are recorded on video. MA students of CIW, supervised by CIW professor Tom Koole, are studying the video recordings of these meetings to see how paediatricians, clinical geneticists, biologists, analysts and bio-information specialists conduct their weekly discussions of these children and the results of genetic research. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Dr Cleo van Diemen and Prof. Irene van Langen of the UMCG.

Paediatric pulmonologists: communication and patient compliance

Research at the Isala Hospital in Zwolle has shown that asthma patients are more compliant (i.e. take their medication) if they are treated by hospital specialists than if they only see their GP. MA students of CIW, supervised by CIW professor Tom Koole, are studying video recordings of asthma consultations at both GP practices and the hospital for differences in communication that could explain this difference in patient compliance. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Isala paediatrician and UMCG professor Paul Brand.

Fear appeals

PhD student Joëlle Ooms, supervised by Prof. Carel Jansen and Prof. John Hoeks and in collaboration with BA and MA students, is studying how alarming health messages are processed and what their effects are, and in particular which role emotions other than fear play in this process.

Talking about health

PhD student Lennie Donné, supervised by Prof. Carel Jansen and Prof. John Hoeks and in collaboration with BA and MA students, is studying the influence of health messages on interpersonal communication and the effects of this communication on the ultimate effect of these messages.

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