Agenda 02jul2019 PhD defense Anne van den Brink

Anne van den Brink Nursing home residents with mental and physical multimorbidity. Characteristics, neuropsychiatric symptoms and needs

Mental-physical multimorbidity is common in older people. Nevertheless, little is known about elderly with both chronic psychiatric and physical care, who need requiring residential long-term care. To be able to offer appropriate care, knowledge is needed. Anne van den Brink researches this.

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Anne van den Brink Nursing home residents with mental and physical multimorbidity. Characteristics, neuropsychiatric symptoms and needs

Mental-physical multimorbidity is common in older people. Nevertheless, surprisingly little is known about one of their most vulnerable groups: patients with both chronic psychiatric and physical care need requiring residential long-term care. To develop an appropriate care program, to identify the associated preconditions, and to solve bottlenecks in laws, regulations and funding, more knowledge of the characteristics and care needs of these patients are necessary. Anne van den Brink researches this. Her thesis concludes that the co-occurrence of various physical and psychiatric disorders, accompanied by impairment of cognitive functions, implies that nursing home residents with mental-physical multimorbidity have an increased chance of getting off balance, of showing challenging behaviour, and of experiencing less well-being. In addition, well-being is negatively affected by unmet needs, and a lack of social relationships and activities, which are prevalent in these residents. For optimizing their well-being, NHs have to provide specialist care tailored to the specific needs of these residents.

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 2 July 2019
  • Time: 12.30 hrs
  • Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

Biography

Anne van den Brink (1963) obtained her medical degree in 1990 at Radboud University. She graduated in 1996 as an elderly care physician at VU Amsterdam.

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Biography

Anne van den Brink (1963) obtained her medical degree in 1990 at Radboud University. She graduated in 1996 as an elderly care physician at VU Amsterdam. The research in this thesis was performed at the department of Primary and Community Care of Radboudumc, within the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences. Currently, Anne is working as an elderly care physician at De Waalboog in Nijmegen. Also, she is the head of the vocational training center for elderly care medicine at Radboudumc.


Promotor

  • Promotors: Prof. R.T.C.M. Koopmans and Prof. R.C. Oude Voshaar
  • Co-promotor: Prof. D.L. Gerritsen

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