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Description of the institution

Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare (IQ healthcare), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare (IQ healthcare), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Postal address: 6500 HB Nijmegen, P.O. Box 9101, 114 IQ healthcare
E-mail: info@iq.umcn.nl
Tel: 024 3615305

Partner information

The Radboud University Medical Centre, Centre for Quality of Care Research (RUNMC) accommodates over 80 research projects dedicated to Quality Improvement. The van Raan index, the citation index and recruitment index are the highest of comparable institutes in the Netherlands and in Europe. There is a mean of 8,4 PhD thesis per year (past 5 years). The Centre is part of the KNAW-accreditated Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice and was described as excellent and world leading. The Centre has one division that is dedicated to hospital and transmural care (see description below) that uses concepts of integrated care to promote quality and safety.

A still increasing amount of chronic patients need more and more complex care. The resulting fragmentation challenges patient safety and much of the existing knowledge regarding their optimal treatment is not implemented in daily care. Therefore our research is directed at the measurement and improvement of the quality and safety of patient care in the hospital and in the transmural setting. The principles we deploy and evaluate are derived from the concepts of integrated care. These principles are related to multi-professional cooperation, coordination of care, patient centredness and two more general concepts of quality improvement; the implementation of evidence and to measure and improve. These principles are conceptualized in models of disease management and transmural and clinical pathway care.

The RUNMC will lead workpackage 5 Assessing the Safety Climate/Culture. RUNMC has published several articles on the communication between medical specialists and primary care physicians. Recently we interviewed medical specialists and primary care physicians regarding barriers in the transfer from hospital to home (report M Plas; not yet published). There are 2 practice based, more ICT related, projects in the Radboud University Hospital in which we advise. These projects deal with interprofessional transfer of information.

Research team and qualifications

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Myrra Vernooij-Dassen Prof.

is principal investigator in the Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice and director of Nijmegen Alzheimer Centre. She has a chair on psychosocial aspects of care for frail elderly people. She is affiliated to the scientific Institute of Quality of healthcare and the department of nursing home medicine of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and to the Kalorama foundation She is trained in sociology and research methodology and has performed a large body of research on quality of care, especially on dementia care and palliative care and on care transitions. She has a special interest in qualitative research and coordinates the course on qualitative research for the research school CaRe. She supervises twenty PhD students. She is chair of Interdem, a pan-European research group on detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia. She is honorary visiting professor of the School of Health of Bradford University.

 


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Hub Wollersheim MD, PhD

Hub Wollersheim is a medical specialist in internal medicine and associate professor of quality and safety in hospital care. He has a special interest in frail patients, surgical safety, professionalism and education.



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Lisette Schoonhoven PhD


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Gijs Hesselink MSc

Gijs Hesselink studied Public Administration for three years at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. After finishing his Bachelor degree in 2006 with a thesis study on ‘the barriers and facilitators of cross-border cooperation in trauma care’, he attended the Utrecht University School of Governance. He graduated here in 2007 with a master thesis investigating ‘the impact of organizational culture on the implementation of care logistics in a Dutch rehabilitation center’. In 2008 he obtained a master’s degree in Health Sciences at the University of Twente. Under authority of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) he graduated with a thesis on ‘the challenges and critical features for developing and implementing a designation system for European cancer institutes’. He is member of the Handover project team since February 2009 when he started as a junior research fellow and PhD student at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen.


M Hulscher Dr

aspiring principle investigators.


R Hermens Dr

aspiring principle investigators.


I Draskovic Dr

senior researchers.


M Faber Dr

senior researchers.


Drs R Melis

postdoc researchers.


M Ouwens Drs

postdoc researchers.