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Thea Vliet Vlieland

Professor Orthopaedics, in particular efficacy of rehabilitation processes

Name
Prof.dr. T.P.M. Vliet Vlieland
Telephone
+31 71 526 3598
E-mail
t.p.m.vliet_vlieland@lumc.nl

Thea P.M. Vliet Vlieland is a professor of rehabilitation processes and physical therapy. She is working at the Department of Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy of the LUMC. She also holds positions as research leader at both the Rijnlands Rehabilitation Center, Leiden and Sophia Rehabilitation, The Hague. Thea P.M. Vliet Vlieland is an honorary member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). She received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, American College of Rheumatology (2008), Nationale Reumaprijs (Dutch Arthritis Association 2004) and Prof.dr. J. Goslingsprijs (Dutch Society for Rheumatology 1997).

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Thea P.M. Vliet Vlieland is a professor of rehabilitation processes and physical therapy. She is working at the Department of Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy of the LUMC. She also holds positions as research leader at both the Rijnlands Rehabilitation Center, Leiden and Sophia Rehabilitation, The Hague.  Thea P.M. Vliet Vlieland is an honorary member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). She received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, American College of Rheumatology (2008), Nationale Reumaprijs (Dutch Arthritis Association 2004) and Prof.dr. J. Goslingsprijs (Dutch Society for Rheumatology 1997).

Rehabilitation processes and physical therapy

The main research area of the chair of Thea Vliet Vlieland concerns the efficiency of rehabilitative care processes, in particular physical therapy, with the ultimate aim to prove or improve their added value.

People with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases  (RMDs) or brain injury often require, apart from medical treatment, care from non-medical health professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses or psychologists. Based on insight into the problems patients encounter and their health care usage and needs,  matching interventions can be developed. Such interventions may include single treatment modalities  (e.g. exercise therapy) or complex care pathways including multiple treatments and health care providers with different professional backgrounds. Subsequently, the effects, costs and satisfaction of patients, their informal caregivers and health care providers must be evaluated. Regarding the evaluation of value, it should be noted that this not only concerns the initial treatment period, but the process of functional recovery and return into society on the longer term. Knowledge on the optimal delivery of care does not always find its way to daily clinical practice. For this purpose, carefully planned implementation strategies, based on perceived or anticipated barriers and facilitators, must be developed and evaluated.

The focus of the research on care processes contributes to the LUMC Research Profile Innovation in Health Strategy and Quality of Care. It focus on the process of recovery (e.g. return to work) and sustainability of health (long-term outcomes) fits well within and contributes to the principles of Value-Based Health Care. Care research is in line with the route "Health care research, prevention and treatment" of the Dutch Science Agenda, in which targeted research in the field of care and care systems is included and designated as game changer.

Academic career

Thea P.M. Vliet Vlieland finished the Academy for Physical Therapy at the Academic Hospital Leiden (1983) and subsequently absolved Medical School (1990) and her doctoral research at Leiden University. The title of her doctoral thesis (1996) reads ‘Multidisciplinary team care in rheumatoid arthritis'. She obtained a master's degree in Epidemiology at the Free University in Amsterdam and Business Administration in Health (MBA-H) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

In May 2013 she was, on behalf of the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy, appointed as professor regarding rehabilitation processes, in particular physical therapy. The title of her inaugural lecture was ‘View of care processes' (March 21, 2014).

For more than 25 years, Prof. Vliet Vlieland has carried out research into the field of rehabilitation processes, in particular physical therapy, by making inventories of patients' health care usage and health care needs and subsequently develop, evaluate and implement innovative cost-effective interventions, including the use of technology and redesign of health care processes.

She has over 260 scientific publications and is lead author of various influential reviews and practice guidelines, both for medical specialists as well as non-medical health professionals.

Prof. Vliet Vlieland has held a number of national and international offices at scientific organisations.  She served as chair of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Standing Committee of Health Professionals in Rheumatology and is currently head of the EULAR School of Rheumatology Health professionals'  Classroom.

Prof. Vliet Vlieland was (vice)chair or member of various national and international scientific committees of various organisations, including the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw),  Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF).

Prizes and honourable appointments

Thea P.M. Vliet Vlieland is an honorary member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). She received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, American College of Rheumatology (2008), Nationale Reumaprijs (Dutch Arthritis Association 2004) and Prof.dr. J. Goslingsprijs (Dutch Society for Rheumatology 1997).

Professor Orthopaedics, in particular efficacy of rehabilitation processes

  • Faculteit Geneeskunde
  • Divisie 1
  • Orthopedie

Work address

LUMC Main Building
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Room number C4-R68

Contact

Publications

  • EULAR School of Rheumatology head health professionals classroom
  • European League Against Rheumatism Standing Committee of Healt Professionals
  • Landelijke Registratie Orthopedische Implantaten Wetenschappelijke Advies Raad
  • NOV Richtlijncommissie Atrose Heup Knie- Conservatieve Behandeling
  • NWO beoordelingscommissie promotiebeurs leraren
  • Uppsala University of Sweden panel member
  • ZonMw adviescommissie expertisefunctie zintuiglijk gehandicapten
  • ZonMw begeleidingscommissie Topzorg
  • ZonMw Lid flexibele Pool Doelmatigheidsonderzoek
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