Research theme Healthcare improvement science


Healthcare improvement science

This theme’s research focus is on the structure, process and outcomes of healthcare in daily practice, aiming to improve its performance and delivery from the perspective of the patient.

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Healthcare improvement science

High-quality healthcare has a significant impact on the health of individuals and the wealth of populations. The quality and affordability of healthcare, therefore, is a top priority on the social agenda. The healthcare system is in a state of transition as weaknesses in the current system of healthcare delivery as well as novel developments are urging the development and implementation of new concepts of healthcare delivery. This complex endeavor is only possible when a sound scientific base is in place. At present, patients are facing a large variation in healthcare quality, safety and costs. There is a wealth of literature to show that evidence-based medicine does not reach all patients in time or everywhere. Healthcare is predominantly delivered by local health systems, whose performance and outcomes should become transparent. Transparency opens the world of learning and improvement.

This theme’s research focus is on the structure, process and outcomes of healthcare in daily practice, aiming to improve its performance and delivery from the perspective of the patient. We study existing and new interventions at the micro and macro level. Our aim is to explore what interventions or structures work in what circumstances. The immediate value for the patient is paramount.

Objectives

  • We aim to identify the facilitators and barriers to achieving improvements in patient care throughout the transmural care chain.
  • We aim to support the concept of personalized healthcare from a non-biomedical perspective, by examining, for example, patientoriented outcome measures (PROMs) and by investigating the value of integrative healthcare.
  • We aim to further develop research methods tailored to answering complex questions in healthcare improvement science, such as the early and rapid evaluation of new medical technology, the impact of multimorbidity, the proper use of big data and patient participation in healthcare and research.
  • We aim to provide other research themes with methodological innovations and support on the objectives mentioned above.

Theme leader

Gert Westert PhD
+31 (0)24 361 53 02
full professor

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