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The research conducted is centred around three themes. Within the different themes a multi-level approach is used, focussing on issues at the level of the health care system, the level of organizations and networks of organizations and at professionals within organisations.

The three themes are as follows:
1. Defining concepts of health systems
2. Bridging social and medical policy approaches
3. Leading adaptive healthcare

Defining concepts of health systems

There are various ways in which the healthcare system can be structured. The use of concepts such as Value-based healthcare and Population Health Management is based on a certain way of thinking about healthcare and its design, and has an impact on the organizations and its employees. The focus within this theme is on examining these concepts and its meanings for the organization of care.

Recent publications

Goijaerts, J., van der Zwan, N. & Bussemaker, M. (2022). Health and the social investment stae. Journal of Eurpean Public Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2022.2038239

van Staalduinen, D.J., van den Bekerom, P., Groeneveld, S., Kidanemariam, N., Stiggelbout, A.M. & Elske van den Akker-van Marle, M. (2022). The implementation of value-based healthcare: a scoping review. BMC Health Services Research. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-07489-2

Bridging social and medical policy-approaches

Social issues are often linked to health issues, and vice versa. Consider, for example, the relationship between poverty and health. As a result, organizations from the social domain and the medical domain must work together to deliver the right care. The connection between these domains is the focus of this theme. How can we ensure that the various organizations involved find each other? And how can we ensure that policy facilitates this connection?

Recent publications

Schmidt, E., Schalk, J., Ridder, M., van der Pas, S., Groeneveld, S. & Bussemaker, M. (2022). Collaboration to combat COVID-19: policy responses and best practices in local integrated care settings. Journal of Health Organization and Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-03-2021-0102

Toshkov, D., & Mazepus, H. (2022). Does the Election Winner-Loser Gap Extend to Subjective Health and Well-Being? Political Studies Review, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/14789299221124735 

Bernards B. & Schmidt E. (2021), Regels breken in het belang van de burger. Van rebelse leidinggevende naar rebelse professional? , B en M: tijdschrift voor beleid, politiek en maatschappij 48(2): 156-173.

Leading adaptive healthcare

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, then it is the importance of being able to respond quickly to new situations and circumstances. Being able to respond flexibly to what is needed at the moment and in the long term is therefore one of the major challenges facing healthcare. At the level of the healthcare system, the healthcare organization and the level of the healthcare professional, we examine how you can keep an eye on and continue to respond to what is needed.


Recent publications

Schmidt, E., van der Pas, S., Schalk, J., Wieringa, S., Kraaijeveld, B., Groeneveld, S. & Bussemaker, M. (2022). Patientbetrokkenheid tijdens crisisbesluitvorming. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidswetenschappen.

Schalk. J., Schmidt, E., van der Pas, S., Wieringa, S., Groeneveld, S. & Bussemaker, J. (2021). Tweebenig besturen binnen zorgnetwerken: Besturen tijdens de ‘hamer’ en de ‘dans’ in zorgregio west. Bestuurskunde. 30 (3) doi: 10.5553/Bk/092733872021030003004

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