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During and a year after her PhD-project Lilian Peters worked at the University Medical Center Groningen (Department Epidemiology). There she developed measures (Groningen Frailty Indicator and INTERMED for the Elderly Self Assessment) and study designs to establish patient-centered care in several elderly populations (e.g. community dwelling elderly persons participating in Lifelines or nursing home residents).

Since 2015, Lilian Peters PhD works as a post doctoral reseacher at the department of Midwifery Science (VUmc)/Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen. As an epidemiologist (registered senior scientific epidemiological researcher at PhD level at the Dutch Foundation for Medical Biological Scientific Research), she analyses data of several international data registries calculating associations of different modes of birth (e.g. spontaneous vaginal birth, induced vaginal birth, caesarean section), on infants’ health in later life. Therefore she analyzed Australian New South Wales linkage population data (in collaboration with Western Sydney University, department of Nursing and Midwifery) and Swedish Medical Birth Register data (in collaboration with University College Cork, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Perinatal Epidemiology). Additionally, she assesses the effect of conception, courses of subsequent pregnancy and childbirth on mothers’ health.  Recently, she assessed the effect of a previous birth on a subsequent mode of birth she analyzed data of the Dutch Perinatal Data Registry (PERINED).

For both research topics, she is involved in two add-on studies in the population cohort study Lifelines ( In Lifelines ROAHD data of reproductive health, exposures and psychosocial data of 25.000 women will be collected in summer 2017. Simultaneously, pregnant women will be included in the baby birth cohort Lifelines Next (n=1.500). During pregnancy, birth and 1 year postpartum questionnaire as well as biomaterial data will be collected from mother and child.

At the Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen, she provides lectures on quantitative research methods using SPSS. In addition, she supervises a PhD student (University of Groningen), master students (Health Sciences of the University Amsterdam, and European Master of Midwifery of the Hannover Medical School), and bachelor students (Midwifery Academy Amsterdam Groningen).