Esther du Pon (1985), MA is performing doctoral research at the Radboud University Nijmegen titled “DESTINE - Diabetes Education and Self-management to INcrease Empowerment”. She investigates the effects of group education program PRISMA for patients with type 2 diabetes on communication with the practice nurse, adherence, and the use of an online care platform. 230 patients with type 2 diabetes treated in primary health care are being followed in a RCT for two years. This study aims to improve patient empowerment by involving them in their own treatment. Improved empowerment should in the end result in an increased quality of life, a reduction of medical care utilization, less workload for care providers and - as a consequence - a reduction of the total costs of care. DESTINE is a collaboration between three partners: Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Diabetes Center Zwolle, NIVEL and Medrie Care Group. The first results of DESTINE will be published in 2016.
- August 2013 – present: PhD candidate, Radboud University Nijmegen, study: “Diabetes Education and Self-management to INcrease Empowerment”. Supervisor: A.M. van Dulmen, PhD (Radboud University Nijmegen).
- August 2012 – present: Researcher, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Research Centre for Innovation in Health Care, Research Group Process Innovation in Pharmaceutical care.
- September 2009 – June 2011 Master Communication Studies, Utrecht University
- September 2005 – June 2009 Pharmaceutical Business Management, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences