Promoting Health and Personalised Care

Our challenge is to attune population-based methods with highly individualized approaches in health promotion and personalized care, being inclusive for disadvantaged people and focusing on implementation issues.

We aim to develop, apply and test new theories, interventions and research methods to promote health and to implement personalized care and reflect on relevant ethical implications of new developments. Our research focuses on areas such as personalized prevention and healthcare interventions using innovative eHealth, interprofessional learning, and shared decision-making principles. To optimize societal impact, we collaborate with all relevant stakeholders, such as citizens, patients, health care professionals, scientists and policy makers.


  • World diabetes day

    The role of social networks in type 2 diabetes prevention, complication-risk and self-management

    Monday, July 12, 2021

    Social networks are causally related to disease and mortality; but what is state-of-the-art of social network research in type 2 diabetes prevention and care? Check out our new review paper.

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  • Young woman smoking an e-cigarette

    Does e-cigarette use among young people lead to smoking, or vice versa?

    Monday, July 5, 2021
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  • Slapen 2

    Why you don’t need 8 hours of sleep at all, but at least 7 hours is recommended

    Monday, 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. 

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  • zonnebaden

    Suntan as beauty ideal hinders sun protection for children

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Parents in the Netherlands don’t protect their children sufficiently from the sun. An overly positive view of suntanned skin seems to be partly to blame. Karlijn Thoonen: ‘We really have to get away from the idea that a suntan is “attractive and healthy”.

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  • Co-creation Impact Compass: Working together for more impact

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    The Co-creation Impact Compass supports healthcare researchers to select helpful and valid co-creation tools for the right purpose and at the right moment. 

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  • Gera Nagelhout

    “We need to actively involve people in vulnerable population groups in research on healthy living”

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    What do people in vulnerable segments of the population need in order to live healthy lives? This is the question Gera Nagelhout’s research focuses on. The new CAPHRI professor likes to involve her target group in her research. “If you only come up with things for people rather than with them, you will fail to reach them.”

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  • John Horder Award

    Care Network Elsloo is praised for interprofessional collaboration and receives John Horder Team Award 2020

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    The team of "Zorgnetwerk Elsloo" has been awarded the John Horder Team Award 2020. This award is presented annually to "a team working within the community that can demonstrate outstanding principles of collaborative working".

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  • Shared Decison making

    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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  • Choosing the second-best health option

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

    What makes one person choose a recommended healthy option and another the second-best option? According to researcher Kim Romijnders, health decisions are often based on the same common factors.

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  • Wat ik belangrijk vind Onderzoek

    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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  • 1,5 meters distance

    You are responsible for others’ health

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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

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  • 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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  • 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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Projects and partners

Here we provide insights into what topics our research projects are tackling, who the actors involved in them are, and how these projects aim to develop new theories, interventions and research methods to promote health and to promote personalised care involving shared decision-making principles.


Ontwikkeling en evaluatie van een 'keuzegids' voor clienten die kiezen voor een zorgaanbieder of zorgvorm in de langdurige zorg
SCALA: Scale-up of Prevention and Management of Alcohol Use Disorders and Comorbid Depression in Latin America
LIME: Limburg MEET
Back to Balance: Leefstijlverandering en netwerkversterking voor multiprobleemgezinnen in Apeldoorn

Living Labs

Research Line Promoting Health and Personalised Care participates in the following Living Lab:

Living Lab Public Health Limburg



Here you can find an overview of staff members connected to the research line.

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