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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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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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    Recognizing palliative care needs in patients with advanced heart failure

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    The tool I-HARP (Identifying Heart Failure Patients with Palliative Care Needs) has been launched recently This tool facilitates caregivers in the timely identification of palliative care needs in patients with advanced heart failure and their loved ones. 

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    Improving personalized treatment in oncology

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    The Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) awarded a grant (€950.000) to the research project ‘Improving personalized treatment in oncology. Towards shared decisions based on integrated information regarding treatment options, health status and patient preferences’.

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  • Futureproof Practice Family Medicine located in the South of Limburg

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    PlusPraktijken: a futureproof and sustainable practice in family medicine.

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  • Mariannen Nieuwenhuijze

    Marianne Nieuwenhuijze benoemd tot hoogleraar Midwifery/Fysiologische Verloskunde

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Marianne Nieuwenhuijze is benoemd tot bijzonder hoogleraar Midwifery/Fysiologische Verloskunde bij Universiteit Maastricht. 

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  • Timo Clemens

    Timo Clemens new Vice-Chairman VHC

    Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Dr. Timo Clemens is appointed vice-chairman of CAPHRI’s research line Creating Value-Based Health Care (VHC).

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    Also fewer HPV infections in unvaccinated women

    Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Petra Woestenberg obtained her PhD (Cum Laude) with her dissertation called: "Measuring the effects of HPV16/18 vaccination on HPV positivity and anogenital warts". Petra investigated the effects of the HPV vaccination programme in the Netherlands. Her research concluded that HPV vaccination is very effective in protecting against HPV infection.

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  • Hoebe

    “Why not move Carnival to summer?”

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Christian Hoebe, professor of Social Medicine and head of Infectious Disease Control at the GGD Zuid-Limburg, discusses his passion for social medicine, his childhood in Alkmaar and, of course, the fight against COVID-19.

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  • Research shows urgent need to teach healthy habits in primary school

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Children’s health improves if they have a healthy lunch at school, get varied exercise and are taught in class about healthy behaviour. These are the findings of the ‘Healthy Primary School of the Future’ project, the final results of which will be announced during a symposium in Venlo on Tuesday, September 22.

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  • Prof. Jan Hamers

    Jan Hamers nominated for 2020 Huibregtsen Prize

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Prof. Jan Hamers, professor of Care for the Elderly is one of the six nominees for the 2020 Huibregtsen Prize, which is awarded to recent research that is both scientifically innovative and socially relevant. 

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    ERC Starting Grant for Olga Zvonareva and Francesca Rapino

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Read more
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    Show the importance of public health, especially now!

    Monday, September 7, 2020

    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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  • Olga Zvonareva

    ERC Starting Grant for Olga Zvonareva

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    Olga Zvonareva has received an ERC Starting Grant, which is an European research grant for young academics at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. 

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  • Patients with severe COPD benefit from a daily dose of morphine

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    The daily use of low-dose morphine tablets by patients with a severe form of the lung disease COPD has a positive effect on quality of life, and has no negative side effects. These are the findings of a recent study by Cindy van den Berg-Verberkt and Dr Daisy Janssen of the Ciro knowledge centre and Maastricht University (UM).

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  • Verpleeghuis

    Prestigious grant for study on relocation of nursing home residents

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    Hilde Verbeek, Jan Hamers (RL Ageing and Long-Term Care) and their team were awarded a grant of € 1.730.000 by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). They will study how relocations in nursing home care be improved for residents and their loved ones, while contributing to their quality of life and quality of care.

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  • Dirk Ruwaard, Daan Westra, Bram Fleuren, Fred Zijlstra

    ZonMw grant for study on the effect of the coronacrisis on hospitals in Limburg

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Dirk Ruwaard, Daan Westra (RL Creating Value-Based Health Care) and their team received a ZonMw grant of €493.413 for their research project 'Improve, adapt, overwork? Understanding and learning from hospitals' adaptations to COVID-19 and their effects on professional functioning and recovery'.

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    How to make ethically responsible corona policy?

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Associate Professor in public health ethics Peter Schröder-Bäck studied the effects of the European debt crisis on health. He is now advising  policymakers across Europe on the ethics of responding to the corona crisis.

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  • Aggie Paulus

    Aggie Paulus appointed Professor of ‘Economics of Education and Healthcare’

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 Read more
  • Kennisagenda Zorg op Juiste Plek

    Kennisagenda Zorg op de Juiste Plek aan VWS aangeboden

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    Dirk Ruwaard, voorzitter van het Kennisplatform de Juiste Zorg op de Juiste Plek (JZOJP), heeft 24 juni 2020 de Kennisagenda 'Zorg op de juiste plek' aan het Ministerie van VWS aangeboden. 

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  • Alana Helberg-Proctor

    “Ethnic or racial categories in health research don’t capture the complexity behind health inequalities”

    Friday, June 19, 2020

    After George Floyd was killed by an American police officer, many hundreds of thousands of people all over the world took to the streets to protest against racism. These protests also prompt self-reflection at UM: what is the current situation in terms of the use of race and racism in Dutch health care and health research? We asked Alana Helberg-Proctor.

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  • Maurice Zeegers

    ‘This is a golden age for science’

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Maurice Zeegers is not only professor of Complex Genetics and Epidemiology, but also scientific director of the Maastricht research school CAPHRI (Care and Public Health Research Institute). And during these corona times, he also functions as research partner of the WHO Evidence Collaborative. A discussion about the delicate balance between scientific rigour and social impact.

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    Online tool helps people in making decisions on long-term care

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    People who need long-term care sometimes have to make fundamental decisions, e.g. on a preferred therapy or living situation. Karin van Leersum (RL Promoting Health and Personalised Care) and colleagues developed the online tool together with clients, informal caregivers and independent care coordinators. 

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    You are responsible for others’ health

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    The importance of UM’s Smart Start-up protocol.

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    Staying DEDICATED in times of COVID-19

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Normally, the researchers involved in the DEDICATED project, are working on an approach to empower nursing staff in providing palliative dementia care. Now the involved nurses and other care professionals are working around the clock to provide the best possible care, the DEDICATED team is pausing on-site research activities. Instead, they are contributing from behind the scenes. How? 

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  • Raissa Derckx

    Times that call for flexibility

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    One of the things Raissa Derckx looked forward to in her PhD was to focus her attention on one single subject. Fast forward to last month, when her supervisor told her she should probably consider herself a full-time coronavirus researcher for the time being, as her ‘own’ topic (chlamydia management in primary care) was coming to a relative stand-still due to the virus. Now she is involved in two important COVID-19 related research projects. 

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  • Isolation in time of pandemic is a luxury

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Remaining isolated in time of pandemic is a luxury. This does not only apply to those with vital professions who continue to serve society. It also applies to low-resource settings, where people have no other choice but to keep on as usual to be able to provide food for the family, irrespective of the health risks, and where access to care is challenging.

    Read the column by Milena Pavlova, prof. of Health Economics and Equity (RL Creating Value-Based Healthcare). 

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  • Milena Pavlova appointed professor Health Economics and Equity

    Monday, May 11, 2020 Read more
  • Jos Schols

    Jos Schols benoemd tot visiting professor aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    Monday, May 11, 2020 Read more
  • Rik Crutzen

    Responsibility of experts

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    "In contrast to viruses, experts have a great responsibility to recognise borders". A column by prof. Rik Crutzen 

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  • Your COVID-19 Risk Tool

    “Your COVID-19 Risk” tool

    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Helping people improve their behaviour to reduce their risk of contracting the coronavirus. That is the goal of the online tool ‘Your COVID-19 Risk’, which was launched last week. The tool was developed by an international group of 150 volunteers from 35 countries, including several CAPHRI behavioural scientists.

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    Assessment of Corona Burden Tool

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    The Assessment of Corona Burden Tool (Corona Ziektelastmeter), developed by Lung Foundation Netherlands and CAPHRI, helps people who were infected with the novel coronavirus to get more control over the complaints they may experience.

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    Making work from home work for you

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Fatigue, headaches, irritability, or sleep problems? These might be symptoms of stress caused by the unfamiliar demands of working from home. Angelique de Rijk studies work stress in nurses – and worries about the current situation and the transition back to normal.

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  • Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in China: managing trust and accountability

    Monday, May 4, 2020

    In late 2019, China became the first country to be hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and many cities were locked down in 2020 to prevent transmission. The country’s response to the coronavirus has raised questions about control measures and establishing public accountability and trust in a non-democratic context. Ronghui Yang (RL Health Inequities and Societal Particiation) traces discussions among citizens about the response to the coronavirus pandemic by following Chinese social media platforms.

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  • Hans Bosma

    Walking Dead re-visited: a tale on corona, uncontrollability and a more beautiful world

    Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    A column by Hans Bosma, professor of Social Epidemiology.

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  • Health in slums

    Biomass use and COVID-19: A novel concern

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Evidence supports the link between air pollution and COVID-19 and thus it is likely that exposure to indoor smoke due to cooking increases the risk of COVID-19. An outbreak of COVID-19 in slum communities where the concept of physical distancing is next to impossible could easily overwhelm the public health system. 

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  • Latifa Abidi and Gera Nagelhout

    All for one & one for all: how to stimulate more inclusive research?

    Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Participation in scientific research can be difficult or impossible for some groups in our society. As long as certain groups are excluded from research, we will not have a complete understanding of that which we are studying and the societal relevance of research is reduced. This project aims to increase awareness about this topic and gives us the possibility to investigate and disseminate best practices of inclusive research methods.

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  • Joined forces in COVID-19 rehabilitation care

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    For Covid-19 patients who respond successfully to treatment and are able to be discharged from hospital, the road to recovery can still be a lengthy one. In order to provide the right care in the right place to COVID-19 patients, the involved health care providers (primary, secondary and tertiary care) in the Limburg region have joined forces.

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  • Doctor and elderly patient

    UM launches new specialty training programme in geriatric medicine

    Friday, April 17, 2020 Read more
  • Europese commissie in Brussel

    The role of the European Union during (and after) the Corona crisis

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    In this COVID-19 period, it seems surprising that the European Union (EU) feels remote and not at the forefront of the response. Why is that? Our Health Law Group explains.

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  • Iran and Covid19

    COVID-19 shows need for developing global health education capacity in Iran

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    The public health authorities in Iran have severe difficulties in responding to the Covid-19 outbreak, which coincides with the politically induced economic sanctions against the country. All aspects of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are directly and indirectly hampered, and the country is falling short in combating the crisis. In the context of this worrying public and socio-economic health situation, the Erasmus+ project “IraN European Partnership for Capacity-building and Teaching in Global Health (INPACT)” , led by Anja Krumeich and Remco van de Pas (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation) has recently started. 

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  • UM coordinates nationwide GP reporting system for untested COVID-19 deaths

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Read more
  • SN Curve

    The COVID-19 epidemic in Italy: response and policies

    Monday, April 13, 2020

    Italy was the country where the first European COVID-19 outbreak was detected. Within two weeks, the disease spread rapidly throughout other European countries. Our colleague prof Carlo Signorelli of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan gives an insight in the Italian management - and the problems faced- of the corona epidemic.

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    The COVID-19 pandemic and ‘Healthy Childcare Centres of the Future’

    Saturday, April 11, 2020

    The measures being taken against the spread of the virus can have far-reaching consequences for running research projects. After several months of preparation PhD candidate Marla Hahnraths was ready to do baseline measurements at several childcare centres. But now the centres are closed. Read her story here.

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    PECUNIA and the Coronavirus Outbreak: Societal Impact of a Disease

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    With the current pandemic, the economic impact of a disease on society becomes more evident than ever. Taking a broad multi-sectoral economic view on health related issues is the starting point of the PECUNIA project (RL Creating Value-Based Health care), in which costs in- and outside the healthcare sector are identified following a standardized approach to facilitate the comparability of the results in multiple European countries.

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  • Klasien Horstman

    ‘’Opinion epidemics’’ make public health public

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Prof. Klasien Horstman: "If we appreciate health and democracy, controlling epidemics requires open societies with rich, varied, and inclusive public deliberative fora. The value of ideas needs to become clear through public deliberation, not by denying non-experts, whoever they may be, a voice in the public arena".

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  • Home Office

    How to relieve work stress during the corona crisis?

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    The corona crisis has increased work demands for (scientific) staff at Maastricht University in many ways. Moreover, the intelligent lock down introduces new private life stressors: educating your children, worries about the care for your elderly parents, suffering from loneliness etc. Angelique de Rijk (professor in Work and Health) gives some advice on how to face the current situation and shows how managers can help.

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    Bewegen is net zo belangrijk als binnenblijven

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Als binnenblijven tot gevolg heeft dat mensen meer stilzitten, dreigen IC-bedden weer eerder vol te raken, betogen Onno van Schayck en Maartje Willeboordse. 

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    Good prediction models for COVID-19 are urgently needed

    Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Prediction models for the coronavirus (COVID-19) are being developed worldwide: who runs a greater risk of getting it, which patients with symptoms actually have the virus, and what characteristics and test results are key to determining the progression of the disease? An international study of 31 models underlines the need for more data to be shared. ‘Most prediction models are currently not scientifically reliable enough to serve as a basis for medical decisions.’

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    Good prediction models for COVID-19 are urgently needed

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Researcher Laure Wynants of Maastricht University is concerned about the present situation. Together with a group of international researchers, she assessed all previously available prediction models for the early detection and progression of COVID-19. ‘Most prediction models are currently not scientifically reliable enough to serve as a basis for medical decisions.’

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  • Oproep AWO

    Give a helping hand to elderly care!

    Monday, April 6, 2020

    The coronavirus is putting intense pressure on care for the elderly, both in the home and in nursing homes. It’s very likely that more staff will soon be needed than are currently working in care for the elderly. The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care recently launched an initiative to find extra volunteers to care for older people in Limburg. 

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  • Jochen Cals corona serie

    Report from the front lines by professor-general practitioner Jochen Cals

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Some employees of Maastricht University are literally operating on the front lines these days. Professor of General Practice Medicine Jochen Cals is also a practicing general practitioner in Sittard, a city that is suffering from a relatively high number of coronavirus infections. What is his experience during these unique times?

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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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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.

CAPHRI, Care and Public Health Research Institute