Audrey Meulendijks is a member of the research group Process Innovations in Pharmaceutical Care and a teacher at the Bachelor Skin Therapy since 2014. In June 2016 Audrey started her PhD study to prevention of venous leg ulcers in patients with chronic venous disease. This PhD study is conducted under the supervision of prof. dr. Lisette Schoonhoven (UMC Utrecht), prof. dr. Martino Neumann (Erasmus MC), and dr. Esther Tjin (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht).
The PARAPLU-study focusses on mapping the risk factors, current care and societal costs of venous leg ulcers to assess the possibilities of a prevention strategy. Audrey is inspired by this topic because she stands for prevention and a stimulating healthier lifestyles. More on the PARAPLU-study (PAtient self-ReliAnce in the Prevention of venous Leg Ulcers) can be found here.
“Good patient care is important, but stimulating prevention is even more important if it leads to improvement of the quality of life of the individual.” This motivates Audrey in her research as well as in teaching. The curriculum of the Bachelor Skin Therapy is currently being revised and prevention and research competences are the topics Audrey stands for. “Prevention is not an easy job, but it is one worth working for!”