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Tessa van der Maaden

Tessa van der Maaden was born in 1986 in Delft. She studied pharmacy at the Utrecht University, and obtained her bachelor degree in 2007. She then continued with a master programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and specialised in neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam. During her masters, Tessa conducted several internships of which one at the University College Cork, Ireland. She obtained her master’s degree in November 2010. In May 2011 she started as a junior-researcher on the Pneumonitor Project at the department of Nursing Home Medicine, EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research, of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.  


PneuMonitor – comfort and prognosis in patiënts with pneumonia and dementia

The primary aim of the PneuMonitor project is to find an optimal treatment to reduce unnecessary suffering in nursing home residents with dementia who have developed pneumonia. Earlier research indicated that dying from pneumonia often goes together with severe suffering and discomfort. The Pneumonitor Project will assess the effectiveness of extensive treatment to relieve symptoms, and of antibiotics, comparing with usual care in forty nursing homes nationwide.