Marike van der Schaaf (main applicant) has in collaboration with co-applicants from Amsterdam UMC and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) Marike van der Leeden, Hinke Kruizenga, Judith Jelsma, Mel Major and Marije Verwijs been awaded a ZonMw grant of €300.000 in the program 'Inhoudelijke Versterking Paramedische Samenwerking in Herstelzorg' for the project The Integrated TRansmural Allied health Care model: iTRAC.

The transitional phase, when patients transfer from hospital to home, is a high-risk period for adverse events. Although many patients have problems in several functional domains, allied health care needs after hospital discharge are not sufficiently assessed. When multiple allied health professionals are involved, coordination and collaboration in primary care is often lacking. The aim of this four year project is to develop an integrated transmural allied health model of care (iTRAC) for hospitalized patient groups in which functional decline, physical and cognitive impairments and malnutrition are highly prevalent, i.e., patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, Internal Medicine, and Oncologic Surgical departments.

The second grant of €300.000 is awarded by Regie orgaan SIA RAAK grant to Marike van der Schaaf (main applicant) in collaboration with co-applicants from Amsterdam UMC and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA): Marike van der Leeden, Hinke Kruizenga, Edwin Geleijn, Marijke de Leeuwerk, Suzanne ten Dam, Marije Verwijs, Jesse Aarden and Marwin El Morabet. The title of the awarded two year project is Samen Beter worden met artificiële intelligentie.

The research is embedded in the OPRAH (Optimal Physical Recovery After Hospitalization) study of the Amsterdam UMC (PhD candidate Marijke de Leeuwerk, funded by AMS) and the research line Acute Care Rehabilitation within the programme ‘Mensen in Beweging’ of the Center of Expertise Urban Vitality (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)).

In the randomized clinical OPRAH study, the researchers develop and evaluate a hybride physical therapy and dietary intervention with real time monitoring to improve physical recovery in cancer patients who have undergone surgery.

The aim of Samen Beter worden met AI is to investigate the interaction between diet and exercise. In addition the researchers will set up an infrastructure for the collection of real time monitoring physical activity data as part of daily care. Click to see the project vacancy.