Research Group Innovations in Preventive care

Within health care, the emphasis is now shifting away from curing diseases and achieving maximum healthcare results towards maintaining health. Prevention helps to raise awareness of people, promotes self-care and healthy living, and is an investment in optimal long-term health. For example, prevention has great benefits in terms of enjoying life longer and for longer taking part in society. In the long term, preventive care also contributes to a reduction in costs in health care and thus to an economically responsible organization of care.

The research within the Research Group Innovations in Preventive Care focuses on the people's behaviour with his risk factors and / or symptoms. The research concerns both primary and secondary prevention in groups most at risk of developing unhealthy behaviour or developing diseases, namely children and the elderly.

The research program of the Research Group Innovations in Preventive Care is initiated by the field of oral health care and is further expanded with research within other health care disciplines. Prevention is the basis of the practice of the dental hygienist; Its activities are aimed at behavioural change, learning a healthy lifestyle and increasing patient self-reliance. The research is also focused on a wide range of health care professionals (dietician, speech therapist, nurse, general practitioner, optometrist, physiotherapist, etc.) that aim to increase patients’ self-reliance, general health and quality of life. This objective almost always requires an interprofessional approach. The knowledge gained within the research program will also be interprofessional and / or translated to other professional groups.

Screening and early detection
Due to the increasing appeal to citizens' self-reliance, the importance of screening and early detection is increasing. Within this research group, research focuses specifically on the added value of innovations in screening and early detection, such as self-screening and health checks. We want to make a shift by targeting unhealthy behaviour rather than just detecting diseases. By mapping which risk behaviours someone has, we can work more focused on maintaining health. In this way, we can help people learn healthy behaviour aiming to delay or completely prevent the disease. Care professionals need knowledge on to what extent we are able to do such screenings, who should perform these and which screening tools we can use reliably.

Innovative organization of preventive care
The aim of the research group is to achieve broad, effective and efficient prevention programs. Due to changes within the social and social context, the research group develops ways to actually improve the health of people within the new infrastructure within their own neighbourhood. Collaboration with newly formed teams for neighbourhood-oriented activities will be an important focus.
The research group responds to the strong need for cost-effectiveness studies and research into the long-term effect of long-term interventions. This knowledge of innovative interprofessional prevention strategies will provide valuable insights for organizing care differently.

Interprofessional Prevention
Our University of Applies Sciences offers programs for different health care professionals and therefore  we have the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate new integrated (interprofessional) preventive interventions. The research groups responds to the need to study the effect of combined preventive interventions aimed at common determinants of different risk factors. Particularly in the field of screening and early detection of these common risk factors interprofessional cooperation is necessary. We aim to investigate, develop and evaluate screening tools that enable (care) professionals to screen people for unhealthy behaviour in a broad context of care and well-being.


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