Since November 1st 2014 Debbie ten Cate, MSc, RN (1977) works as a PhD candidate in the Chronic Illnesses Research Group. The subject of her PhD program is "Early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in older community-dwelling people". The prevalence of malnutrition in elderly is high and ranges from 0% to 51% in community-dwelling elderly and from 3.1% to 51% in hospitalized elderly. Malnutrition is a frequent and major problem and is associated with negative outcomes such as infections, lower functional status and mortality. In order to prevent malnutrition in these elderly an optimal nutritional status is important. Home care nurses can make a key contribution to achievement of an optimal nutritional status. In this PhD program Debbie will develop an early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition and test the feasibility and effectiveness of this intervention. For this purpose the guidelines for development and evaluation of complex interventions of the Medical Research Council will be followed. The goal of this intervention is to prevent malnutrition in community-dwelling elderly before and after hospitalization. This intervention will be used by home care nurses.
The PhD program is part of the Dutch project “Basic Care Revisited”. A total number of ten intervention studies in nursing basic care are performed to generate scientific evidence to inform nursing practice, because nursing interventions generally still lack scientific evidence.
- 2014: PhD candidate, Chronic Illnesses Research Group, University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool Utrecht. PhD program: "Early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in older community-dwelling people" (part of the project "Basic Care Revisited"). Supervisors: Prof. M.J. Schuurmans and Dr. R.G.A. Ettema, Hogeschool Utrecht and Utrecht University.
- 2011: Chairman of the congress committee of the Dutch Society of Cardiovascular Nursing (NVHVV).
- 2010: Lecturer, Bachelor of Nursing, Hogeschool Utrecht.
- 2008 - 2010: Research Nurse, Research & Development Cardiology, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein.
- 2007 - 2010: Master Health Sciences, Utrecht University. Specialization: Nursing Science Thesis: "Awareness, risk perception and behavioural intention in patients withmyocardial infarction”.
- 2006 - 2008: Senior Nurse, Department of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein.
- 2004 - 2006: Registered Nurse, Department of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein.
- 2010: Member of the Counsel on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP).
- 2009: Member of Rho Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau at Large International Honor Society of Nursing.
- 2004: Member of the Dutch Society of Cardiovascular Nursing (NVHVV).
Prevention of malnutrition in community-dwelling people
Description: Development of an early nursing nutrition intervention to prevent malnutrition before and after hospitalization in older community-dwelling people. After development the intervention will be tested on feasibility and effectiveness. The intervention will be used by home care nurses. This project is part of the national project “Basic Care Revisited”. The goal of this project is to support the nursing basic care issues communication, eating, bathing and mobility scientifically.
Research partners: Nursing Science Groups of University Medical Centre Utrecht, Radboud University Nijmegen/Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen and Maastricht University/Zuyd Hogeschool.
Financed by: ZonMw.