Research team

Centre for Research and Innovation in Care (CRIC)


Erik Franck is a nurse (KdG Hogeschool, 1997), Master in clinical psychology (UGent, 2001), Accredited Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (UGent, 2006) and holds a PhD in psychological sciences (Ghent University, 2007). He has almost 20 years of experience in (mental) health care, both in acute care (Antwerp University Hospital, GZA hospitals) and in primary care (Private practice, 2003). Since 2013 he has been affiliated with the Department of Nursing and Midwifery of the University of Antwerp. He is affiliated with the research group Center for Research and Innovation in Care (CRIC) where he - together with colleague Peter Van Bogaert - is responsible for the research group Workforce Management and Outcome Research in Care (WORC). He supervises various courses within the master's program in Nursing and Midwifery, such as management and innovation - part people management; Interprofessional collaboration in Healthcare; and Academic education. In addition, he is a member of the Flemish Association for Behavioral Therapy where he also supervises behavioral therapists in training at Ghent University as a recognized supervisor. Erik Franck's research themes focus on the professional well-being of doctors and nurses - in the training and work context and the relationship with quality of care and patient safety; collaboration in complex work environments; and leadership in Health and Care. He is a promoter of 6 doctoral projects [two completed: Nina Geuens (2018); Bart Geurden (2016)].

From "caring without cares" to "how to keep teaching cool". 01/10/2016 - 30/09/2017


Stress and burnout are becoming serious problems in Belgium. This causes a wide array of negative consequences for the individual, the team, the quality of work and the organization. During the past years an e-learning program to prevent stress and burn-out within the nursing population was developed by the Centre of Expertise on Psychological Wellbeing in Patient Care. This program distinguishes itself from existing products by the fact that it is personalized, aimed specifically at nurses and based on scientific research. However, stress and burnout are not only pressing issues in nursing, but within other sectors as well. Therefore, we want to investigate whether the concept of an individual and job specific elearning program – which has been validated within the nursing population – can be transferred to other sectors. We aim to do so by first transferring this concept to another social profession and population at risk where the need for preventive measures is tangible – more specifically to lecturers within higher education. As such, the study at hand serves as a proof of concept to demonstrate that the program is also more widely applicable. This will facilitate the valorization of the program. Therefore, we will 1) investigate on which topics the content of the prevention program for nurses differs from that for lecturers and which content can be transferred without adjustments, 2) subsequently, insert this content in the existing framework or structure; 3) study the effect of this prevention program; 4) and finally, select the most appropriate model for commercialization. After finalizing the study at hand, we will take further steps to adjust this concept to other professions and commercialize these as well.


Research team(s)

  • Centre for Research and Innovation in Care (CRIC)