Research areas mainly are related to improving the care and self-care of cardiac patients. My doctoral thesis which I defended in Maastricht (NL) in 1999 was titled: Heart failure: nurses care; effects of a supportive-educative intervention by a nurse on self-care, recourse utilization and quality of life of patients with heart failure.
From 2002-2010 I was co-principle investigator of the multicenter COACH trial (Coordinating study evaluating Outcomes of Advising and Counselling in Heart Failure) in which she coordinated a team of 4 Phd Students, 50 health care professionals and more then 40 datacollectors.
Two main research lines are developed:
- Improving and measuring self-care in cardiac patients
- Talking about prognosis with heart failure patients
Report Improving care for patients with acute heart failure
Recently I was involved in a policy initiative aimed at improving care for patients with acute heart failure.
The report is available at Oxford Health Policy Forum