Graduate School

Care and Public Health Research Institute

Our aim is to create a healthy society for everyone. We are doing this by providing high quality research to improve the individual quality of life and innovate healthcare and public health. Building a bridge between our research and society has our highest priority.

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  • Gera Nagelhout

    “People just want to be treated like people”

    Tuesday, March 7, 2023

    Gera Nagelhout is, in many respects, not a typical professor. She was the first in her family to attend university, and at the age of 34 was appointed endowed professor of Health and Wellbeing of People with a Lower Socioeconomic Position.

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  • wachtkamer

    Living Lab for Sustainable Care involved in the NZa’s National Impact Analysis on Concentration of Services for Congenital Heart Disease

    Friday, December 16, 2022

    Anne van den Bulck and Arianne Elissen conducted a Delphi-study among stakeholders to identify important impact indicators for assessing the effects of concentration on patients, professionals, organizations, and regions.

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  • Stop smoking

    Smoking cessation among gender minority populations, cis-women, and cis-men

    Tuesday, December 13, 2022

    Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Netherlands Survey.

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  • Charlotte van Laake

    ZonMW Clinical Fellowship for Charlotte van Laake

    Wednesday, November 23, 2022

    Charlotte van Laake will conduct further research into chronic pain in spinal cord injury patients. 

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  • cigarette smoke

    Cigarettes no less affordable since 2010 despite tobacco tax increases

    Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    The affordability of cigarettes in the Netherlands remained virtually unchanged between 2010 and 2020. This has emerged from research by Maastricht University (UM), and makes it clear that the excise duty increases have been insufficient to make smoking less affordable.

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  • Next step winners

    Four CAPHRI projects awarded MUMC+ Next Step grant

    Thursday, November 10, 2022

     The awarded projects all contribute to MUMC+'s mission to work on health promotion in the broadest sense. 

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  • Westra en Faber

    Lessons from the corona crisis

    Wednesday, November 2, 2022

    The covid pandemic brought pressure to bear on many things. Neurology professor Karin Faber and assistant professor of Healthcare Management Daan Westra look back on a turbulent time.

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  • Man smoking

    Menthol smokers are more likely to quit smoking after European menthol ban

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022

    The EU ban on menthol cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco introduced in May 2020 led menthol smokers to be more likely to try to quit smoking and to be successful in quitting compared to non-menthol smokers. At the same time, a third of menthol smokers say they still smoke menthol cigarettes despite the ban.

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  • gezonde stad teaser

    Nieuw boek: 'Gezonde stad'

    Friday, September 23, 2022

    Op 7 oktober verschijnt het boek 'Gezonde stad. Uitsluiting en ontmoeting in de publieke ruimte' door Klasien Horstman en Mare Knibbe

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  • Westra, Ruwaard, Baan, Gifford

    VHC COVID-19 study awarded once again

    Thursday, September 15, 2022

    Rachel Gifford, Daan Westra, Frank van de Baan and Dirk Ruwaard won the ‘Best International Paper Award’ from the Healthcare Management division at the Academy of Management and the ‘Best ECR Paper award’ from the Society for Studies in Organizing Health Care. 

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  • Esther Boudewijns

    Esther Boudewijns nominated for Albert Schweitzer Prize 2022

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    Our PhD candidate Esther Boudewijns has been nominated for the Albert Schweitzer Prize 2022 with the project 'Cooking should not kill'! 

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  • Gera Nagelhout

    Children from poorer families live shorter and less healthy (and the Dutch government is not adressing this well)

    Friday, August 12, 2022

    Stress over high energy and grocery costs has a direct effect on the health of people who already have little to spend, warns Professor Gera Nagelhout. According to her, the government can do more to remedy that problem. This is important, because children from underprivileged families in our country live on average fifteen years shorter in good health. 

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  • merel van lierop

    Learning and improving with the use of data

    Tuesday, August 9, 2022

    How can the use of data support learning and improvement within care teams and across organisations? PhD students Merel van Lierop (Maastricht University) and Alies Depla talk about their action research in elderly care and in integrated birth care: 2 different sectors, working on similar processes.

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  • Ondersteunende technologie

    Living Lab Assistive Technology Self-Reliance launched

    Tuesday, July 26, 2022

    On 26 July the Living Lab Assistive Technology Self-Reliance (AWH-Z)  was officially launched. CAPHRI is one of the core partners. AWH-Z is one of 5 Dutch Living Labs Assistive Technology that are supported by ZonMw for a period of 6 years.

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  • mariajansen

    'Government should do more to protect the public from health risks'

    Friday, July 15, 2022

    On 15 July, Maastricht University and GGD Zuid Limburg will say goodbye to Professor Maria Jansen. For many years she has worked to promote health policy with a closer alignment between research and practice. In her farewell speech, Jansen advocates a stronger role for government in improving public health and equal health opportunities.

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  • Casper Webers

    Kootstra Talent Fellowship for Casper Webers

    Tuesday, July 5, 2022

    Casper Webers, post-doctoral researcher at CAPHRI, has been awarded a Kootstra Talent Fellowship (KTF).

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  • Better rehabilitation for people with long-term corona complaints

    Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    The PINCOR study will be studying the effect of a person-centered, integrated approach for recovery of COVID-19 with coordination and cooperation of all disciplines involved within a Regional COVID-19 rehabilitation network.

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  • CCC Day 2022

    Second CCCDay in Maastricht

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    On 21 June the second CAPHRI - Centre for Health and Society Düsseldorf Collaboration Day (CCCDay) took place in Maastricht.

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  • gezonder koken esther boudewijns

    Energy transition for all? A third of the world's population still cooks on open fires

    Thursday, June 16, 2022

    In a new study, PhD student Esther Boudewijns developed two practical tools to improve the implementation of cleaner cooking in low-wage countries. The results of the research will be published on June 16 in The Lancet Planetary Health.

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  • Large-scale study of sustainable employability of firefighters

    Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Read more
  • osteoarthritis

    OAinject: Fighting osteoarthritis

    Tuesday, May 31, 2022

    CAPHRI is part of the OAinject consortium, funded by the Perspectief program of the Dutch Research Council (NWO),

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  • Werk en Wijzer

    A new tool for healthcare providers in supporting patients in work and income

    Thursday, May 12, 2022

    Many healthcare providers deal with patients who have questions about work and income. In practice, however, it is difficult to give the patient specific and appropriate advice. To this end, a new tool was developed by CAPHRI-PhD candidate Maarten Butink and Prof. Dr. Angelique de Rijk.  

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  • Katya Sion impact prize

    UM Impact Prize for Katya Sion

    Thursday, April 14, 2022

    During the annual Maastricht University Dinner, Katya Sion (CAPHRI/ Living Lab Ageing and Long-Term Care Limburg) received the Impact Prize for her thesis "Connecting conversations: experienced quality of care from the resident’s perspective: a narrative method for nursing homes".

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  • Man smoking

    Large-scale study on cuts in numbers of tobacco outlets in the Netherlands

    Wednesday, March 30, 2022

    The Dutch government has pledged to cut the number of tobacco points of sale and thus reduce the visibility of tobacco in society. From 2024, supermarkets will no longer be allowed to sell tobacco. This week will see the start of a large-scale study over four years on the implementation and effects of the new legislation.

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    Cross-border collaboration within the emergency medical service during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Thursday, March 17, 2022

    New research by the International Knowledge and Information Centre on public safety, an Interreg project lead by Maastricht University, indicates that existing cross-border collaboration in EU border regions has only limited resilience in crisis situations.

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  • Angelique de Rijk

    Angelique de Rijk rapporteur of EU-plan ‘Cancer and Employment’

    Thursday, March 3, 2022

    The EU working group “cancer & employment” presented recommendations to further improve Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan by regarding return-to-work support as integral part of cancer survivorship.

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  • Bacteria and borders klein

    ‘Bacteria & Borders': An artistic research project

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Bacteria & Borders is a collaboration between visual artist Marlies Vermeulen and social scientist Alena Kamenshchikova

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  • Costs overweight and obesity over €79 billion a year

    Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    The average societal costs of people with obesity and overweight are almost  €11.500 per year. This leads to a total cost for the Netherlands of more than €79 billion per year. This is the outcome of the study Burden of disease study of overweight and obesity; the societal impact in terms of cost-of-illness and health-related quality of life.

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  • Marieke Spreeuwenberg

    Developing a measurement scale that captures the full dimensions of health

    Monday, January 31, 2022

    Recently, ZonMw awarded a grant worth 742.000 euros to Marieke Spreeuwenberg and her team to develop a measurement scale for integrative health approaches.

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  • New: UM Graduate School training programme

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  • Daisy Janssen

    Daisy Janssen appointed professor in Old Age Medicine

    Friday, January 14, 2022

    The chair is an important link in interdisciplinary education and research in the field of care for the elderly in a vulnerable position within the Living Lab Ageing and Long-Term Care Limburg.

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  • Kasia Czabanowska

    Katarzyna (Kasia) Czabanowska appointed professor of Public Health Leadership and Workforce Development

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  • Asthma onderzoek

    Fewer patients visited GP due to asthma or COPD during the covid-19 pandemic

    Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    Since the start of the corona pandemic in March 2020, the use of general practitioner care by patients due to asthma or COPD has been persistently lower than in 2019, the year before the corona pandemic. 

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  • Doctor with laptop checking patient's heart rate

    Green light for LIME 2.0 care innovation programme

    Monday, December 20, 2021

    The Province of Limburg has awarded a second tranche of subsidy of 2,040,000 euros to the 'Kennis-As' project LIME (LImburg MEet). LIME has proven itself in recent years as an accessible and interdisciplinary knowledge center and innovation platform for healthcare.

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  • Daan Westra

    Veni grant for Daan Westra

    Thursday, December 16, 2021

    The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded a prestigious Veni grant to Daan Westra.

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  • milena pavlova

    Healthcare for undocumented migrants

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021

    Together with her master’s students, Milena Pavlova is investigating the access to healthcare of undocumented migrants. Her findings give cause for concern: in many countries, this group has no or little access to healthcare.

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  • Borders and viruses, and how to deal with those

    Tuesday, December 14, 2021

    How do public health professionals manage Infectious Disease Control (IDC) in a very dynamic and densely populated Euregion such as the Euregion Meuse-Rhine with its active social life across the borders? That is what Dr. Alena Kamenshchikova and her colleagues wanted to find out. From December 2020 until April 2021, they investigated the way Euregional public health professionals in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands tried to control COVID-19.

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  • Choices of hospitals in times of crisis; what does it do to staff?

    Monday, December 13, 2021

    Daan Westra en Bram Fleuren, leiden samen het project: ‘Uitproberen, aanpassen, opbranden? In dit project onderzoeken zij hoe ziekenhuizen zich aan de COVID-19 pandemie aanpassen en welke gevolgen dit heeft voor de duurzame inzetbaarheid van hun personeel.

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  • Francine Schneider

    Welcome to Francine Schneider: our new PhD Community Coordinator

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    Francine Schneider is our new PhD Community Coordinator as of 1 December 2021.

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  • Pitch your phd

    Winners Pitch your PhD!

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    33 high-quality pitches were submitted by our Phd candidates. After a careful pre-selection, 8 of them were selected to pitch their work at the CAPHRI online Research Meeting and had a chance to win the Jury or Audience PhD Pitch Award 2021.

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  • Dissertation Award

    Dissertation Award for Alena Kamenshchikova and Esther Steenaart

    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    During the online CAPHRI Research Meeting on 23 November the Dissertation Award 2021 was presented to Alena Kamenshchikova and Esther Steenaart. The Dissertation Award recognizes the completion of an outstanding dissertation by a CAPHRI PhD candidate in 2020. 

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  • CAPHRI Societal Impact Team Award for research on COVID-19 in nursing homes

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    On 23 November, the team within research institute CAPHRI that investigates COVID-19 in nursing homes received the CAPHRI Societal Impact Team Award for the great national and international impact their research has had on the well-being of nursing home residents.

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  • Smoking

    Tobacco discouragement is only effective from €12 per cigarette pack

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    The only way to get enough people to quit smoking to achieve the goals of the National Prevention Agreement is to substantially increase the excise duty on tobacco products. This is the conclusion of research by Maastricht University (UM) on the price sensitivity of people who smoke cigarettes or rolling tobacco.

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  • Floor van den Brand

    Catharina Pijls Dissertation Prize for Floor van den Brand

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Floor van den Brand has won the Catharina Pijls Dissertation Prize for her ‘excellent research in the field of health sciences’.

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  • Chlamydia

    New approach is needed in the fight against chlamydia

    Wednesday, November 3, 2021

    Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) worldwide and in the Netherlands. The clinical and public health relevance of widespread case finding by testing for asymptomatic Chlamydia infections is under debate.

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  • Diversity colour hands

    Towards inclusive research at Maastricht University: survey results & video

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    Researchers from Maastricht University, Maastricht for Everybody, and IVO Research Institute formed a project team and received funding from the UM Diversity & Inclusivity office to examine inclusive research practices, barriers, and needs among Maastricht University research staff. Read more about the results!

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  • Silvia Evers

    Silvia Evers new Scientific Director CAPHRI

    Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Prof. dr. Silvia Evers is appointed as scientific director of CAPHRI as of 1 November 2021. She succeeds Prof. dr. Maurice Zeegers.

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  • astridtubergen

    Astrid van Tubergen appointed professor Outcome and innovation in rheumatology practice

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

    Astrid van Tubergen has been appointed professor Outcome and innovation in rheumatology practice. She will give her inaugural lecture on 17 September. 

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  • Hospital COVID19 VHC

    2 awards for paper on hospital adaptations to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Friday, July 30, 2021

    Best International Paper Award and the Best Theory to Practice Award for paper 'To Uncertainty and Beyond: Cataloging Hospitals' Adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic'.

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  • Co-creation Compass

    Co-creation Impact Compass: Working together for more impact

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

    Do you want to improve the impact of your research or innovation project? You can find and select an appropriate co-creation method yourself!

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Featured case study

Doctors and patients making treatment decisions together benefits patients as well as the healthcare system in general. CAPHRI PhD candidates Ruben Sars and Romy Richter are convinced of this. They are both conducting research aimed at improving and implementing this communication process, called Shared Decision-Making. Their focus is on people with low health literacy. “There’s still a lot of progress to be made in that area”, says Ruben.

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CAPHRI Research Day 2022

On 22 June the annual CAPHRI Research Day took place. We are looking back on a nice, inspiring and sunny day. It was wonderful to see you all again. We hope you liked it too. Did you miss it? No worries, you can watch the plenary sessions here: 

PhD opportunities at CAPHRI

PhD candidate

CAPHRI is known for its comprehensive PhD training programme for young talented scientists. Our PhD candidates are making a significant contribution to care and public health issues, working on projects that are changing the world around us.

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Show the importance of public health, especially now!

With an inspiring campaign in Maastricht, Public Health students of Maastricht University have contributed to the launch of the global initiative 'This is Public Health' (TIPH). Their goal? To showcase what public health is and why it is so vitally important for promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of our communities.

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Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) logo

CAPHRI works in close cooperation with the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+). MUMC+ is known both nationally and internationally for its focus on prevention and taking an integrated approach to health care: from prevention, promotion of good health, and basic care, to top-level clinical diagnostics and treatment. Patient safety is our top priority in all of our endeavours. MUMC+ is part of The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres.

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