ZonMw funds research into the quality of health care in the Netherlands
For instance by supporting nurses and care staff and by strengthening health care infrastructure. In doing so, we look at the different elements involved in health care, including the patient perspective, the various organisations involved, the care professional, and the social impact.
The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) is co-host of the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC) in Utrecht, 23-25th May 2018. Our aim is to promote quality and innovation of health research in order to make health care better and to keep it affordable. Therefor we invest in integrated care.
Nurses and caregivers together form the largest group of healthcare professionals in the Netherlands. They work in all sectors of healthcare and form an essential link to quality prevention, care and support for citizens, patients and healthcare professionals. ZonMw supports nurses and caregivers by providing the knowledge needed to be able to carry out this pivotal role effectively.
The goal of the programme “From Knowledge to Action II” is promoting the quality of nursing and care by carrying out research, developing and testing innovations, and implementation and guaranteeing of improvements and innovations in daily practice. In order to strengthen the research infrastructure for scientific research into nursing and care, no separate research projects will be renumerated in this programme, only lines of research. A line of research consists of a number of related projects.
Which patients with cardiovascular diseases run the risk of a (new) heart attack, heart failure or stroke? What is the optimum personalised treatment? On 15 April, cardiologist Prof. Folkert Asselbergs (University Medical Center Utrecht) received the ZonMw Pearl for a data collection that contributes to answering these questions and for developing a self-management platform.
Research groups will further investigate the effect of COVID-19 vaccines in patients with immune disorders, cancer or a transplantation. These research projects are part of the COVID-19 research programme, and each project has received a grant from ZonMw.
The Dutch Minister of Medical Care and Sport, Tamara van Ark, intends to ask ZonMw to carry out a biomedical research programme on ME/CFS. This was stated in a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives sent by Van Ark on the 23rd of March. There will be 28.5 million euros available to carry out a research programme with a duration of 10 years.
Today a consultation meeting of research performing organisations took place. The European Committee Research & Innovation organised this meeting. Several European research funders focused on the assessment of researchers and research teams. Jeroen Geurts, chair of ZonMw and ambassador for the Dutch initiative Recognition and Rewards, was there to represent the Dutch perspective.
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ZonMw has several programmes related to this topic.