20 February 2020

The Dutch Brain Foundation has awarded a €500.000- grant to ‘Expertisenetwerk Ernstig Niet-aangeboren Hersenletsel na coma’ (EENnacoma), the nationally operating network of expertise dedicated to the most severe sequelae of acquired brain injury.

EENnacoma is affiliated with the department of Primary Care at the Radboudumc and supported by the academic network of nursing homes ‘Universitair Kennisnetwerk Ouderenzorg Nijmegen’ (UKON). The research proposal, entitled 'Measuring along the chain of care', aims at clarifying the outcomes of specialized neurorehabilitation for patients with a prolonged disorder of consciousness. Collaboration between rehabilitation medicine and elderly care medicine allows for an in-depth study on functional outcomes, decision-making, complications and dying in this small group of patients with high-impact conditions. Both PhD-candidates to be reimbursed in their scientific work are medical practitioners: one is a physiatrist, one an elderly care physician. The research project is connected to a recent grant of €300.000 from the Dutch Brain Foundation for EENnacoma to develop a chain of care for patients with a prolonged disorder of consciousness, including a prevalence study.

Jan Lavrijsen and Willemijn van Erp, RIHS-researchers: ‘This grant will facilitate practice-based research, professionalization and further academization of EENnacoma, and links between different health care and research institutions all for the benefit of people with prolonged disorders of consciousness and their families. We can’t wait to get started!’ 

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