Research

The department of Health Services Research (HSR) participates in particular in two research lines:

 

 Ageing and Long-Term Care
 

 Creating Value-Based Health Care

Ageing and Long-Term Care

Mission statement

To develop and disseminate knowledge and expertise on psychosocial, clinical and environmental determinants of health care problems including its prevalence, need of care, social participation, independency and quality of life among older persons, and to develop and evaluate innovative health care programmes, research methods and interventions for and with older persons to slow down processes of disablement and to improve the quality of particularly long-term care.

Focus area

Due to the ageing of the population and developments in medical technology, the number of older persons with (chronic) health problems will increase substantially during the next decades. Although (old) age in itself is considered as an important risk factor for processes of disablement, research suggests that environmental and psychosocial factors may also be at work. The main challenges for the future are (a) to investigate determinants, prevalence and consequences of specific health care problems among older persons (e.g., pressure ulcers, malnutrition, falls, fatigue, pain, dyspnoea) in both nursing home and community-based settings, and (b) to develop, evaluate and implement innovative, client-oriented, and targeted health care arrangements which handle these health care problems and maximise independence, quality of life and quality of care among older frail persons.

Creating Value-Based Health Care

Mission statement

The CAPHRI research line ‘Creating value-based health care’ aims to contribute to the improvement of population health and wellbeing through better health systems, services and products in all areas of the health care chain. We conduct research in order to innovate and create value at a macro, meso and micro level, balancing societal, organizational and personal values in a reality of scarcity. 

Focus area

The research line provides high-quality multidisciplinary research and teaching focusing on innovations in health services; its goal is to improve the quality of life of citizens and patients, as well as the quality, efficiency, and sustainability of health care. We aim to achieve this by studying interventions in an innovative way addressing the broad spectrum from prevention to palliative care. The different methods applied are health economics, health management, health organisation, health technology assessment, and policy analysis. The research carried out within the research line also aims to place local, regional, and national health developments into a wider European and global perspective.

Secretariat

Janet Verheijen
Email: j.verheijen[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
Phone: +31 43 388 2907

Website: https://vhc.mumc.maastrichtuniversity.nl/