The overarching aim of my research is to achieve a better standard of healthcare that is sustainable, patient-centred and driven by evidence. I aim to accomplish this by increasing understanding of the potential benefits and harms of medical tests and treatments from the patient’s perspective, improving communication of medical information to patients and health care professionals, and developing strategies to support (shared) decision making.
I have a background in cognitive and health psychology and my research is multidisciplinary. I use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods such as video-observations, qualitative interviews, focus groups, experimental studies and RCTs. I work primarily in the area of primary care and oncology, with a focus on vulnerable patient groups such as older patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy, and patients with lower health literacy. I have published papers in BMJ, Lancet and JAMA internal medicine, my work has been supported by two subsequent fellowships for the Australian National Health and Medical Research council (equivalent to the Dutch NWO Veni and Vidi fellowships).