Optimising Patient Care
In view of advances in knowledge and changes in population demographics and health care, the research line Optimising Patient Care (OPC) wants to provide better insight in effective prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of diseases in (primary) care and public health. We want to turn questions arising from clinical and public health practice into evidence that is applicable in practice itself.
Research and impact
We carry out studies among patients in general practice as well as secondary and tertiary care, and public health settings, evaluating new and existing care elements and strategies. In addition, we run and study population-based cohorts in order to discover new targets for prevention. We have a strong interest in strengthening prevention in the region. We make use of the latest methodological approaches, including prediction modelling, meta-research techniques and machine learning; in the process of designing and performing studies, we often develop innovative quantitative methodology that can also be used elsewhere in clinical and epidemiological research.
Does e-cigarette use among young people lead to smoking, or vice versa?Monday, July 5, 2021
EUR 1.32 million for research into giving children a promising start using big dataThursday, July 1, 2021
The Nationale Wetenschapsagenda (national science agenda) has granted a consortium of 25 other organisations, 1.32 million euro to give children a promising start using big data.
Why you don’t need 8 hours of sleep at all, but at least 7 hours is recommendedMonday, June 7, 2021
Sleep has become a public health issue and is now seen as a lifestyle behavior. But what is good sleep? Recommendations are often contradictory and therefore confusing. Ree Meertens and Merijn van de Laar tell you what the science says about this topic.
Publications and Doctoral Theses
Projects and partners
Here we provide insights into what topics our research projects are tackling, who the actors involved in them are, and how our research enables doctors and public health workers to deliver care and care-related prevention that is optimally suited to every individual.
Ziektelastmeter voor Chronische Aandoeningen
Earlier diagnosis and improved pharmacotherapy for Dutch preschool children with asthma-like symptoms by using the innovative breath test
Childhood Infections Limburg (CHILI): Optimizing management and medication of febrile children in out-of-hours primary care
The Healthy Primary School of the Future
Continuous Abstinence Through Corporate Healthcare (CATCH)
Research Line Optimising Patient Care participates in the following Living Lab:
Here you can find an overview of staff members connected to the research line:
Dr. Mark Spigt
Associate Professor (Dep. of Family Medicine)
+31 43 3882309
Prof.dr. Luc Smits
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Risk Based Care
+31 43 3882821