Health literacy, decision-making and innovative intervention development

Focus of research

In curative and preventive health care, individuals are expected to make informed and shared decisions on e.g. participation in screening and vaccination programs, lifestyle changes, and treatment of diseases. This requires adequate health literacy skills, also defined as individual skills to obtain, understand, appraise and apply health related information to make informed decisions.

In my research program we gain insight in informed and shared decision making in curative and preventive health care and systematically develop and evaluate interventions for health care providers, citizens and patients, thereby taking into account diversity in health literacy skills. We are specifically interested in innovative strategies to support informed and shared decision making such as digital decision support tools, blended training programs, applied games, and new media.

In addition to this research program, I am actively involved as a teacher and coordinator in the Bachelor and Master programmes ‘Medical Informatics’ and ‘Medicine’. I am a member of the Educational Committee that controls and contributes to the quality of education in Medical Informatics, and as coordinator 'Academic and Professional Skills Development' I am actively involved in the development of the new Bachelor for Medical Informatics (MI-X).