The following news items are related to the research Healthcare improvement science.
More expertise needed for patients with prolonged Disorder of Consciousness14 November 2019
Willemijn van Erp published in the Annals of Neurology that nearly 80% of people with Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome, formerly referred to as ‘vegetative state’, are not given a correct description of the diagnosis when they are discharged from the hospital.
Self-management rehabilitation program improves participation in patients with neuromuscular disease4 November 2019
Yvonne Veenhuizen, Alexander Geurts theme Neurorehabilitation, Baziel van Engelen, theme Disorders of movement, and colleagues, showed that Energetic improves participation in patients with neuromuscular disease. They have published their results in Neurology.
Euthanasia requests in dementia cases what are experiences and needs of Dutch physicians?31 October 2019
In BMC Medical Ethics Jaap Schuurmans, Yvonne Engels et al described the results of a study in which general practitioners and elderly care physicians were interviewed about their experiences and support needs when confronted with a euthanasia request of a person with dementia.
‘Smart shirt’ can accurately measure breathing and could be used to monitor lung disease3 October 2019
Denise Mannée and colleagues are developing Hexoskin, a smart shirt that can measure breathing in people. It can reliably measure breathing in healthy people while carrying out activities. This means they can now test out the smart shirts with patients who have COPD.
A coordinated analysis on the association of sedentary behaviour and cognitive function1 October 2019
In Sports Medicine Carlijn Maasakkers and colleagues present the results from a coordinated analysis in 5 cohorts on the association between total sitting time and global cognition. As no clear associations were found, they hypothesize that specific types of sitting differentially affect cognition.
Careful prescription of addictive painkillers still necessary19 September 2019
Although the use of opioid painkillers in the Netherlands has risen over the past ten years, it is nowhere near the degree to which they are used in the United States, say Arnt Schellekens and his colleagues in an article published in The Lancet Public Health.
Social media posts on medication use during pregnancy often incorrect23 August 2019
Dutch social media regularly post about the safety of medicines for pregnant women. Many pregnant women use these posts as a source of information. A new analysis shows, however, that information found on social media about the risk of medication use often does not correspond with guidelines.
DELA, Radboudumc and Games for Health start a new project to fight loneliness among elderly using games12 August 2019
More than half of people aged 75 and over feel their selves lonely every now and then. A special collaboration between DELA, Radboudumc, and Games for Health will investigate whether joined gaming between elderly and young people can alleviate this social problem.
Dental care can be improved also in the Netherlands25 July 2019
The Lancet is publishing a series of articles (Lancet Oral Health Series) that describe the vast global challenges in attaining improved oral health. One of the researchers and authors is Stefan Listl at Radboud university medical center.
Online mindfulness therapy for patients with cancer and pyschological problems12 July 2019
Anne Speckens, professor of Psychiatry, and Judith Prins, professor of Medical Psychology, received a KWF grant to do research on online mindfulness therapy for patients diagnosed with cancer and have psychological problems.
Effects of prophylactic haloperidol on long-term quality of life in ICU Patients4 July 2019
In Anesthesiology, Paul Rood, Marieke Zegers and Mark van den Boogaard described that prophylactic haloperidol use does not affect long-term quality of life in critically ill patients at high risk for delirium.
Grant about abuse of prescription opioids approved1 July 2019
Kees Kramers, Arnt Schellekens, Femke Atsma, Robert van Dongen and Henk Schers have been granted 1.8 million euro by NWO as part of the call of the Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda, in collaboration with investigators of Leiden and Utrecht university medical center.
Development of nationwide recommendations to support prenatal counseling in extreme prematurity20 June 2019
In Pediatrics Rosa Geurtzen et al described the development of a nationwide, evidence-based framework for prenatal counseling in extreme prematurity. It contains recommendations and tools for personalization in the domains of organization, decision-making, content, and style of prenatal counseling.
Jeroen Hasselaar elected board member European Association for Palliative Care6 June 2019
On 24 May at the congress for palliative care in Berlin, Jeroen Hasselaar has been elected as a board member of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), for the period 2019-2023. Jeroen was nominated on behalf of the Dutch association for palliative care (Palliactief).
Ingenious solution, but what was the problem?29 May 2019
In Value in Health Anouck Kluytmans, Marcia Tummers, Gert Jan van der Wilt and Janneke Grutters found, using a mixed methods approach, that although a recently developed medical technology was deemed ingenious by stakeholders, there was no underlying problem it could solve in its intended context.
Association of gestational weight gain with adverse maternal and infant outcomes13 May 2019
An individual participant meta-analysis published in JAMA showed that pregnancy BMI is related stronger to maternal and infant complications than to gestational weight gain. The PRIDE Study, with coauthors Marleen van Gelder and Nel Roeleveld, was one of the participating cohorts.
Health insurers make few reallocations impacting hospital budgets2 May 2019
A financial analysis of the annual reports of Dutch hospitals has shown that only 2 - 3 percent of the total budget was reallocated in 2007-2014. This was the conclusion of PhD research by Niek Stadhouders of Radboudumc, which he defended on 15 April.
800k Euro for research project effectiveness ‘Healthy School’4 April 2019
The Dutch government has started the project ‘Gezonde school’ (‘Healthy School’). Schools can achieve this vignette if they devote time and attention to the health and healthy lifestyle of students on the basis of the ‘Healthy school approach’.
eHealth Apps Replacing or Complementing Health Care Contacts21 March 2019
In the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Pim Assendelft and colleagues from the University of Applied sciences Arnhem Nijmegen showed that still relatively little is known about the adverse effects of health apps when used to replace or complement contacts with doctors or nurses.
Imaging versus no imaging for low back pain28 February 2019
In the European Spine Journal Gijs Lemmers, Wim van Lankveld, Gert Westert, Philip van der Wees and Bart Staal showed that imaging in low back pain may be associated with higher medical costs, increased healthcare utilization and more absence from work.
Validity of a wireless patch sensor to monitor mobility tested in both an experimental and a hospital setup12 November 2018
In PLoS One Niek Koenders and colleagues showed the importance of testing the validity of physical activity monitors in a real-world hospital setup rather than an experimental setup.
Report of the 12th New Frontiers symposium Big data, better healthcare? - 1 November 20187 November 2018
Examples from the application of deep learning to image reading in pathology and radiology and the application of network medicine to monitor infectious disease outbreaks or collective mood states using twitter data showed the huge potential of big data approaches for building better healthcare.
Report of the 12th New Frontiers symposium Better care, network care? - 2 November 20187 November 2018
No easy answers at this symposium last Friday, only challenges that can be overcome if we succeed in 5 things. First and most radically, put patients in the center of healthcare. Second, start with assessing what the local population needs and not what local professionals have to offer.