Professor dr Sibyl Anthierens is a social scientist. She is also the co-director of QUALUA (Qualitative Health Research University of Antwerp). Her research focuses on implementation science in primary care both for acute and chronic conditions. Her research reflects the complexity of the health care system and aims at understanding how it works taking context into account. It is clear that evidence alone is not enough to be implemented and that elements of context play a crucial role in translation and adoption of evidence, management strategies or the way that care is delivered. All her areas of application involve drawing together a set of qualitative research methodologies and the so called "mixed methods" where she has extensive expertise and experience in application, but also in development of the methodology itself.
Techniquequalitative research methods in health care
Usersgovernment Domus Medica RIZIV VIVEL KCE
Implementation, Qualitative research, Primary health care
Development of patient-centeredness and communication skills during medical education. Qualitative Research Methods.
TechniqueSelf-Report or Observational Measurement Scales Constructivistic grounded theory methods, thematic analysis Qualitative analysis of interview data, documents (Realist review) (Systematic review)
UsersTeachers and researchers in medical education
Patient-centredness, Communication skills teaching and learning
Translational and interdisciplinary research of infectious diseases and antibiotic use in primary care, with particular focus on the management of respiratory tract infections in primary care in the context of antimicrobial resistance, and the etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of bacterial and viral infections. Qualitative and quantitative research methods in health care.
Technique- Methodology of scientic research - Qualitative research methods (focus groups, interviews) - Systematic literature review (meta-analysis) - Clinical epidemiological research - Etiologic - Diagnostic - Prognostic - Intervention (medical drugs (e.g. antibiotics, antivirals), quality of care improvement) - Implementation of guidelines (academic detailing, e-learning) - Pharmacoepidemiology of antimicrobial agents, antibiotics in particular (ATC/DDD) - Data management and analysis
Users- Translational researchers (infectious diseases, microbiology) - Policy makers (outpatient antibiotic use, effect of interventions, e.g. academic detailing, communication skills training, point of care tests) - Professionals (Domus Medica, Farmaka vzw) - Medical students and general practitioners in professional training (ICHO) - Students in clinical epidemiology - Primary care researchers (universities)
Pharmacoepidemiology, Qualitative research, Research methods, Diagnosis, Influenza, Antibiotics, Infectious diseases, Primary care, Flu-vaccine, Quality indicators, Antibiotic policies, Respiratory infections
De Greef Kathleen
The effect of immunosupression on the recvery after ischemia reperfusion injury of the kedney and the liver in mouse and rat. An observational, prospective study in humans on the liver function undergoing hepatectomy for malignancy. Prospective interventional study in humans: pt with a critical postop liver function will undergo an ablation prior to surgery
TechniqueMy basic training is surgery. My expertise lies mainly in surgical techniques on laboratory animals; nephrectomy, liver surgery, intestinal anastomoses, ... Blood tests in laboratory animals, .... Embedding and processing of tissue samples, fine-tuning of stains on tissue samples
UsersScientists Medical docters
Acute renal failure, Renal regeneration, Hypoparathyroidism, Renal injury, Liver disease, Liver steatosis, Regeneration capacity
De Man Jeroen
My research centers on prevention of chronic conditions in disadvantaged populations. I am lead data scientist of the national dietary intake survey (NDIS) of South Africa. I studied nutrition, diabetes, depression and anxiety in global contexts. I analyzed the implementation of self-management through modeling of motivational constructs and identifying mechanisms related to the health system and people's social and physical environment.
TechniquePsyhometrics, biostatistics, cluster-randomized trials, interviews, surveys.
UsersHealth policy makers, public health interventionists, health system staff, health advocacy groups.
Behaviour, Psychometrics, Nutrition, Motivation, Chronic disease, Biostatistics, Emotion
Vicky Hennissen is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Family Medicine and Population Health (FAMPOP). She obtained her PhD in Psychology at Ghent University, where she researched psychotherapy processes. Themes within this research were the therapeutic relationship, (impeding) affective experiences of psychotherapists, alliance (ruptures), case formulation, and clinical supervision. Qualitative research methods were mainly used. Since November 2022, Vicky Hennissen has been working part-time at the research group Disability Studies, where she conducts research into people with intellectual disabilities. As a clinical psychologist, she is particularly interested in issues related to interdisciplinary collaboration and barriers leading to unequal access to (psychological) health care for this population. Because of her expertise in qualitative research, Vicky is also involved in the DIA-Land project (partnership UA - OLO Rotonde vzw) on diagnosis of developmental disorders and acquired brain injury. In addition, Vicky Hennissen is employed part-time as a project coordinator for the development of a multidisciplinary guideline for improving physical health care for adults with severe mental illness (EPA) in primary care.
TechniqueQuantitative Research Methods Qualitative Research Methods Systematic Literature Reviews Guideline Development
Users- Clinical practitioners (primary and secondary care) working in somatic and mental health care - Academic researchers - Professional trainers and trainees
Qualitative research, Vulnerable groups, Stigma, Relationships, Psychology, Mental health
- Vast scientific expertise across disciplines in a wide variety of local, national and international projects: o He is a Political Scientist (University of Amsterdam) with a PhD in Environmental Sciences (University of Antwerp). o Chair Care and the Natural Living Environment Faculty of medical and health science UoA o He works on critical complexity, inter- and transdisciplinarity, action research, expert elicitation, decision support methods and integrated approaches; environment & health, ecosystem services, biodiversity & health, One Health/EcoHealth o EU-projects: Trustnet-in-action concerning public participation in risk management HENVINET concerning a permanent inter-disciplinary network of professionals in the field of health and environment tasked to bridge the communication gap between science and society SPIRAL concerning biodiversity related science – policy interfaces OpenNESS concerning operationalization of ecosystem services CITI-SENSE on citizen involvement and empowerment in monitoring environmental health quality of life in cities GogreenRoutes which will implement nature-based solutions (e.g. improving urban green infrastructure, street trees), with a primary focus on creating green corridors to connect grey, built-environment public spaces with linear parks as a shared walkway/cycle way accompanied by four innovative components in six Cultivating Cities. - Vast experience in networking and science – policy – practice interfacing: o He has been member of Belgian IPBES delegations from the start of IPBES. Further, he has been member of the IPBES Expert Group on the ‘diverse conceptualizations of values of biodiversity and nature’s benefits to people including ecosystem services’ and Lead Author on the IPBES Regional Assessment Europe – Central Asia where he coordinated the work in relation to nature – health linkages. o He was member of the Belgian delegation to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SBSTTA) as pilot for Biodiversity & Health in 2016 and 2021. o He is founding member and member of the steering committee of the Paris Risk Group which focuses on the role of social sciences in the field of risk governance e.g. in the field of environmental health. o At the Ecosystem Services Partnership he co-coordinates the working group on Ecosystem services and Public health. o He is member of the Belgian Superior Health Council of Belgium as member of the permanent expert working group in chemical agents. He was member of the 2014 – 2016 temporary expert committee on the ‘Assessment of the effects of neonicotinoids and fipronil on biodiversity and health’. He currently chairs the committee on urban nature – human health linkages. o He is member of the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group Urban nature – mental health. o He was member of EU COST Action Network for Evaluation of One Health (NEOH) which has now become the Network for Ecohealth and One Health as European chapter of Ecohealth International; in NEOH he is part of the core coordination group. o He is co-coordinator of the Belgian One Health Network (launched in November 2019) o He is co-lead of the Flemish Green Deal Sustainable Healthcare which is in preparation since end of 2020. o He is member of the emerging Rethinking Biodiversity Governance network.
Techniquemixed methods, qualitative/quantitative, critical complexity, inter- and transdisciplinarity, action research, expert elicitation, decision support methods, knowledge integration and integrated system approaches
Usersscience, policy, practice
Vulnerable groups, Scientific communication, Mental care, Postcolonialism, European cooperation, Focus group
Disability studies. Use of ICF in mapping disability; in assessment of disability situation and planning intervention. Children and adults with developmental disabilities and/ or acquired brain damage; dynamic assessment of learning potential; conditions of inclusive education, cognitive learning enhancement Modifiability of cognitive functioning of individuals with cognitive developmental disabilities; ecology, modifiability and plasticity Ethical issues of prenatal diagnostics Down syndrome: health issues, follow up, cognitive development, inclusion
TechniqueQualitative research methodology dynamic assessment of cognitive functioning videoobservation studies
UsersSchool psychologists, developmental psychologists, medical doctors working in rehabilitation, disability and school sector; special needs & regular education staff, rehabilitation staff (speech tehrapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists)
Disability studies, Psychomotor retardation, Assessment methods, Inclusive education, Cognitive rehabilitation, Learning potential, Disability, Cognitive education, Cognitive psychology
I am a social scientist with a PhD in the domain of infectious diseases and organization of primary care. Currently, I am focussing on improving access to care for people living in socio-economically vulnerable circumstances - both in Belgium and abroad.I find my experience of working as a social scientist in the Departments of Sociology and of Family Medicine and Population Health very enriching. I have an international and social orientation (13 international research visits for more than 1.5 year in total). Regarding education, I am supervising 7 PhD students and various master students in Sociology and primary health care. In addition, I have experience in teaching qualitative research methods and courses related health and organization of health systems. With regard to service provision, I received two “dienstverleningsprojecten”, focus on the “Gezondheidskiosk” and have a passion for creative science communication (founded Field: www.field.community). Furthermore, I am a board member of the Young Academy (Jonge Academie). I have a strong international, national and intra-university network. Regarding research, I have 64 publications, aqcuired budget as a (co-)promotor for > 3 milion euro. For my research and science communication efforts, I received 5 awards.
TechniqueQualitative research in difficult circumstances: in-depth interviews, participant observations and focus group discussions Quantitative research: Structural Equation Modelling
UsersFellow researchers and the broad audience who would like to know more about science via creative science communication
Community based care, Hiv, South africa
Research in Medical Education - PhD thesis: portfolio learning and assessing at the workplace: development, reliability and validity. Investigation of a competency-based portfolio that we use to coach and assess students of the medical school (2nd & 3rd master) during their full time internship. In addition we developed a validated and Flemish CanMEDS Competency Based Inventory (CCBI). - Research in order to obtain a better insight into Burnout/resilience of students at the medical school and in the postgraduate training of General Practice (mindfulness, resilience, vulnerability, learning goals, ...) - Development and investigation of a course where students learn to do a consultation (skills) (master) - International research of students career choices (general practice) and the shortage of general practitioners (Europe) - Educational training requirements for general practice/family medicine specialty training & undergraduate training: recommendations for trainees, trainers and training institutions - "Buen vivir" through integrated health care: optimizing intercultural collaboration in rural areas in Ecuador. - Hospital Training for general practice Trainees (national & international) - Peer Teaching - Migration of General Practitioners in Europe (international) - (New) Core Values of General Practice
TechniqueDelphi methodology Systematic literature review Focus groups Interviews Surveys
Users(Medical and other health care) schools working around workplace learning and competency-based learning, and thinking of investigating resilience by their students.
Medical education, Mental health
Stefan Morreel's research focuses on out of hours care, organisation of care for newly arrived people and he collaborates in clinical trials.
TechniqueMostly quantitative research methods in collaboration with qualitative researchers. Data analysis and management in collaboration with statisticians.
UsersGeneral Practicioners, General Practice cooperaties, NGO's and governemental organisations.
Transdural, Experimental study, Community medicine, Family medicine, Infections
Research on the quality of contraceptive consultations with GPs Developing guidelines on hormonal contraception, child abuse and sore throat. Research project for KCE on child abuse and the view of stakeholders Literature study and stakeholders research on healthcare manpower in Belgium Research on healthcare manpower in Europe (international studies) Research on abuse of older people
TechniqueSystematic literature studies (guidelines development) Qualitative research: interview studies, research with standardised patients, Delphi techniques Quality improvement projects
UsersDoctoral students and researchers with questions on qualitative research Summer school participants
Focus group, Vulnerable groups, Contraception, Family matters
Use of ultrasound in the assessment of muscles. Different muscle characteristics are examined and correlated with total body composition data.
TechniqueUse of ultrasound and bio-impedance.
UsersPotential users are researchers investigating muscle characteristics or body composition.
Geriatrics, Geriatric ilness, Older adults, Dementia, Nutrition
Our research topics of interest are: - triagesystems in primary care - organisation and continuity of care - electronis patient records: use and re-use of data - research databases in primary and acute care settings - GDPR and scientific research - cardiovascular risk management Experience in the use of quantitative and qualitative analysis
TechniqueUse and reuse of routine data in primary care.
Health behaviour, Health services, Triage, Health systems research, Health care, Health care organisation, Health care innovation
My expertise covers qualitative and quantitative work in primary health care and medical education in various projects. The most important projects are: In the FAITH consortium (National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI)) we examine innovative and bottom up projects regarding chronic care in Belgium. In the SCUBY project (Horizon 2020) we study best avenues to scale up best evidence practice in Belgium, Slovenia and Cambodia. The Primary Care Academy (Chair of Fonds Dr. Daniël De Coninck) deals with new and innovative tools for patients, practitioners and teachers (goals oriented care, self management and interprofessional care) in Flanders. Capacity building for teaching and research are of majour importance. Two research chairs are supported by me: the Chair Public Mental Health (studying mental health care needs in Flanders and the Antwerp region in particular) and the Chair Care and the Natural Environment (with focus on the relation of the effects of green space and the natural world and build environment on health).
TechniqueQuantitative Qualitative Triangulation
UsersMy research activities are related to primary care and public health en medical education research. They involve quantitative, qualitative and triangulation methods. The results are of use of practitioners at the micro level, managers at the meso level and decision makers at the macro level.
General practitioners, General practice, Primary care, Health care, Medical education reseach, Family medicine
My expertise as a general practitioner-researcher lies in the scaling up of integrated heart failure (HF) care. HF predominantly affects older patients with an average of at least 5 comorbidities. While multidisciplinary care has proven beneficial for HF patients, it is not yet the standard in Belgium. This makes HF an interesting case to study how we can evolve towards seamless integrated care within the Belgian healthcare system for this older, multimorbid population. I defended my PhD in 2018 with the title: "Towards a disease management plan for HF patients in general practice." As a post-doc, I dedicated myself to implementing the recommendations from my dissertation into practice. Together with colleagues, I established the Learning Network Heart Failure, which consolidates the experiences and expertise of eight Flemish transmural HF projects. With the Learning Network, we developed a training program for primary care nurses to become HF educators. We formed a close collaboration with the Belgian Working Group for Heart Failure to create a multidisciplinary HF care pathway. I contributed to the development of a MFO (medico-pharmaceutical consultation) on HF. As guideline coördinator, we made a partial update of the HF guideline, which was outdated. Alongside the updated guideline, we plan to provide HF education materials to primary care, tailored to the needs of patients. In collaboration with Roche Diagnostics, we developed a reimbursement dossier for NT-proBNP reimbursement in primary care. Additionally, I am the co-supervisor of a PhD student, Willem Raat. Between 2015 and 2023, I published 18 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and 5 articles in HuisartsNu. As a teacher, we organized a course for nurses in general practice focusing on HF care, and I actively participated as a speaker in numerous continuing education activities.
Technique-Qualitative research -Basic quantitative research (descriptive statistics) -Systematic literature reviews and qualitative evidence synthesis -Delphi consensus method -Development of a guideline
Users-Students -Colleagues in Research -General practitioners/General practitioner trainees
Interprofessional Collaboration in health Care and Wellbeing.
TechniqueQualitative research methods, mixed methods, Systematic literature research.
UsersHealth Care providers, curriculum developpers, Teachers, Policy makers, Other university departments
Competence, Patient centered, Interprofessional
Van den Broeck Kris
Public mental health (prevalence); mental health promotion and selfcare (in primary care professionals); stigma on mental health pathology.
TechniqueQuantitive methods, qualitative methods, mixed methods.
UsersGeneral population, primary care professionals.
Mental health services
Van Den Eynden Bart
An international centre of experience for research in palliative care.
Users- Students master in medicine - Nursing - Sociology e.a. students preparing a PhD and MD - Other national and international research groups about palliative care.
End of life, Qualitative research, Depression, Pain and symptom control, Palliative care, Spiritual suffering
Van Dijck Anke
Anke Van Dijck finished her training for neurologist at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2019. She started working at the Academic Center for Epileptology Kempenhaeghe, The Netherlands. Currently, she is working at the neurorehabilitation department 'De Mick', in AZ Klina Hospital, Brasschaat, Belgium. From 2013 till 2019, she combined her clinical work in neurology with a PhD about therapeutic strategies for neurodevelopmental disorders, at the Cognitive Genetics Group in the Center of Medical Genetics, Antwerp. The focus of her research was the treatment of the fragile X syndrome and the clinical characterisation of the Helsmoortel - Van der Aa syndrome. Since October 2019, she is a postdoctoral assistant at the research group Disability Studies, Family Medicine and Population Health (FAMPOP) at the University of Antwerp. Her research interests are: - Neurodevelopmental Disorders / Intellectual disability - Cognitive genetics - International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) - Neurological rehabilitation
TechniqueQuantitative and qualitative research. Clinical trials.
UsersHealthcare professionals, scientists, PhD/Master/Bachelor students
Chronic care, Multidisciplinary approach, Neurology, Disability studies, Interprofessional
van Olmen Josefien
Health systems research Implementation research, including intervention studies in the domain of health services and health systems multicountry studies Mixed methods design Research in low and middle income countries
Technique- qualitative data collection and analysis - theory driven approaches, such as realist evaluation - quantitative techniquues, such as multi variate analysis and multi-level analysis
UsersPhD students, colleagues, collaborators
Health systems research, Vulnerable groups, Elderly people, Noncommunicable diseases, Chronic care
Van Royen Paul
- methodologies of research on patient level - systematic literature reviex, meta-analysis - research with complex interventions - qualitative research (focus group research, interviews ) - intervention research on quality improvement - research with simulated/ standardised patients - academic detailing - guideline development/implementation
Technique- Methodologies of research on patient level - Systematic literature reviex, meta-analysis - Research with complex interventions - Qualitative research (focus group research, interviews) - Intervention research on quality improvement - Research with simulated/ standardized patients - Academic detailing - Guideline development/implementation
Users- Health care providers - Pharmaceutical industry - Policy makers - Other university (GP) departments - Other scientific institutes/organizations - Consumer organisations
Patient centered, Clinical trial, Interventions, Quality assurance, Family medicine
research on triage: trying to get the right medical care (at the right time and at the right place) for each member of the public decision support systems to determine the most appropriate health care for people seeking medical advice in an out of hours setting
Techniquemixed methods research
Usershealth policy makers, hospitals, GP cooperatives
Triage, Out of hours, Continuity of care, Public health
Recent research activities are focused at: - research of medical education (examination bench marking, shared expertise) - palliative care - importance of early palliative care in people suffering from non-oncology conditions - surprise question - PICT - palliative care in vulnerable people - guideline development - communication: 'oncotalk' importance of an interpreter during oncology consultations - quality improvement in the chronic primary care field mainly focused on chronic care delivery (multi morbidity and polypharamcy, i.e. in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus) and palliative care
TechniqueSystematic iterature searches Guideline development Clinical pathway development implementation research
UsersThe administration and services supporting the administration Different partners as professional or patient organizations interested in developments of health services change Universities and High Schools
Quality of care, Diabetes type 2, End of life, Pain and symptom control, Elderly people, Place of death, Palliative care, Chronic care management
Lander Willem holds a research professor position within the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health (FAMPOP) to focus health economic evaluations in the domain of health care organisation and public health campaigns. This includes the extension and application of model-based health economic research to primary care practices, nursing teams, infectious disease management and multi-morbidity. He is also affiliated to the Centre for Health Economic Research and Modelling Infectious Diseases (CHERMID) at the University of Antwerp and member of the SIMID consortium (www.simid.be). In the philosophy of engaging in interdisciplinary research, his work has a particular focus on economic evaluations, mathematical modelling and public health care.
TechniqueHealth economics, Public Health, Health care system, Modelling, Transmission dynamics, Social contact analysis, Individual-based models, agent-based models, Active learning, Programming, Code optimisation, Cost-effectiveness analysis, Uncertainty analysis
UsersPeople who have an interest in health economic evaluations and quantitative research and infectious and chronic disease models.
Infectious diseases, Health economics, Modelling, Chronic disease, Health care