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Tjarda  Boere

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Tjarda Boere is a PhD-candidate at the department of General Practice & Elderly Care Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam Public Health research institute. In the UPCARE study she evaluates whether the introduction of C-reactive protein (CRP) point-of-care testing for suspected lower respiratory tract infections results in improved antibiotic prescribing in nursing homes.

Tjarda completed her Bachelor in Health Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam in 2014. Tjarda wrote her Bachelor’s thesis about the relation between protozoan infections and atopic diseases in Cuban schoolchildren. In 2015 she completed the Master’s degree program in Infectious Diseases and Public Health at the VU University in Amsterdam. Tjarda wrote her Master’s thesis at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD). This research involved an ecological study of the relationship between solar UV-B exposure (as a proxy for vitamin D levels) and tuberculosis incidence, at a national and sub-national level worldwide. The article resulting from this research internship was accepted for publication in the European Respiratory Journal in March 2017. After obtaining her Master’s degree, Tjarda worked as a junior lecturer in Health Sciences and Infectious Diseases until May 2017.