Projects

ONGOING PROJECTS

 

Work in Progress (2015-2017)

The average retirement age in the Netherlands is increasing. The average age of the working population is also increasing. As the prevalence of chronic disease increases with age, a large proportion of the population of older workers will have chronic health problems. The aim of this project is to focus on effects of prolonged work participation on health.

Research staff: Ranu Sewdas (junior researcher) and Astrid de Wind (postdoc)
Start: July 2015
Role: Project leader and supervisor

 

Resilient Nursing Study (2015-2019)

PhD student: Ellen Bakker
Start: November 2015
Role: daily supervisor

More information about the Resilient Nursing Study

 

STREAM 2: Health effects of multiple job holding (2015-2019)

Collaboration with TNO on the prolongation of the STREAM cohort. The STREAM cohort focuses on transitions in employment, ability and motivation. this PhD project focuses on determinants and health effects of multiple job holding.

PhD student: Stef Bouwhuis 
Start: July 2015
Role: supervisor

 

Stress Prevention@Work (2014-2017)

Collaboration with TNO, Tranzo, Trimbos Institute and University of Applied Sciences Arnhem/Nijmegen. This project aims to develop and evaluate an implementation strategy for organisational stress prevention interventions in the healthcare and education sector. More information

Phd student: Bo Havermans
Start: January 2014
Role: daily supervisor and project leader
Publications

 

The magic multiplier from econometrics. Integration of econometric and epidemiological methods to gain insight into the effects of prolonged work participation of older workers (2014-2018)

A collaboration with the department of Economics. We will explore possibilities to apply econometrical methods to the epidemiological setting, combining macro with micro level analysis, and connecting register data to epidemiological cohort studies. We will apply these methods to the topic of prolonged work participation of older workers.

PhD student: Micky Scharn
Start: December 2014
Role: project leader and daily supervisor
 

 

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Health and working times of airline personell (2015-2016)

Postdoc: Alwin van Drongelen
Start: April 2015
Role: supervisor
Publications

 

Integrated care intervention for workers with rheumatoid arthritis using an innovated system approach. A randomised controlled trial (2011-2015)

This project aims to evaluate an integrated care intervention in combination with a participatory workplace intervention in workers with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is a body@work project, and a collaboration with Reade Amsterdam. More information

PhD student: Myrthe van Vilsteren
Role: daily supervisor and project leader
PhD thesis (March 2016)

 

Implementation of the NVAB guideline to prevent hand eczema in employees (2010-2014)

This project aims to investigate the cost-effectiveness of an implemenation strategy to prevent hand eczema in employees of three university hospitals. This is a collaboration between the UMCG in Groningen, the UMC St Radboud in Nijmegen and the VUmc. More information

PhD student: Esther van der Meer
Role: daily supervisor and project leader
PhD thesis (March 2015)

 

MORE ENERGY (2009-2014)

MORE Energy aims to develop and evaluate an intervention for airline pilots to reduce fatigue. In addition, using administrative cohort data will be used to investigate shift work and predictors or sick leave. More information  

PhD student: Alwin van Drongelen
Role: project leader and daily supervisor
PhD thesis (February 2015)

 

ADAPT 2.0; Implementation of the participatory approach at the workplace (2012-2015)

The aim of ADAPT 2.0 is to implement the participatory approach in three companies aiming at improving supervisor response to employees with barriers in performing at work.

Junior researcher: Ruben Kraaijeveld
Role: supervisor
Publications

 

Vitality in Practice (VIP) in insurance (2009-2013)

The aim of the VIP project is to generate this knowledge and to develop effective health and wellness programmes. The VIP project includes 4 PhD projects. One of these project aims to develop and evaluate of a lifestyle intervention, focused on relaxation and physical activity to reduce stress. More information

PhD student: Jennifer Coffeng
Role: project leader and daily supervisor
PhD thesis (October 2014)

 

Vitality in Practice (VIP) in reseach (2008-2014)
The aim of the VIP project is to generate this knowledge and to develop effective health and wellness programmes. The VIP project includes 4 PhD projects. One of these project aims to develop and evaluate of a lifestyle intervention to improve lifestyle and mental health. More information  

PhD student: Jantien van Berkel
Role: project leader and daily supervisor
PhD thesis (April 2014)

 

Compression forces on the lumbar spine: a cause of low-back pain? (2009-2013)

The aim of this project is to investigate two hypotheses about the etiology of low back pain in the SMASH cohort. This is a body@work project, a collaboration between TNO-Quality of Life, VU university medical center, and VU university-Faculty of Human movement sciences. More information (in Dutch)

PhD student: Pieter Coenen
Role: second supervisor
PhD thesis (November 2013).

 

Prolonged Work Participation with Chronic Disease (EMGO+ Fellowship Quality of Care) (2010-2012)

The aim of this project is to gain insight into determinants of prolonged work participation of older workers with and without chronic disease. Through a mixed method approach, qualitative and quantitative methods are combined. I used the LASA cohort for the quantitative analyses, and performed in depth interviews with workers with different chronic diseases.

Start: July 2010
Role: project leader
Collaboration partners: Prof. Dorly Deeg (LASA), prof. Tineke Abma (Metamedica), Prof. Allard van der Beek
Publications

 

Transmural care for hand eczema. A randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness evaluation. (2008-2012)
The primary objective of this study is to evaluate from a societal perspective the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of transmural care for hand eczema by a multidisciplinary staffed specialised centre aiming at coordination of care. More information

PhD student: Robin van Gils
Role: daily supervisor (since June 2009)
PhD thesis (October 2012)