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.


Towards a new concept of health

Portret van Henk Smit
Henk Smid

Henk Smid, director of ZonMw: “The growing number of people with chronic conditions were beginning to feel uncomfortable with the WHO’s definition of health: ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing’. This definition clearly had its limitations”.

Read more in his blog

Will you be attending our workshops at ICIC?

Henk Smid, director of ZonMw, will chair the opening ceremony of the 18th International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC). Furthermore we will be conducting several workshops. Please find out more in the delegate app or view the programme. Don’t forget to stop by our stand. See you at ICIC! 

Find out about our workshops

‘Becoming a patient oneself inspires towards integrated care’

Portret Machteld Huber
Machteld Huber

Machteld Huber, keynote speaker “Getting ill oneself is very instructive for a medical doctor (MD). When specializing as a young general practitioner I became quite ill myself. I was taken into hospital and had an operation. While recovering, I realized how different it was to know about a disease from being the patient with the disease”.

Read more in her blog

‘We need a new language’

Portret Mirella Minkman
Mirella Minkman

Mirella Minkman is professor of innovation in the organisation and governance of integrated long-term care. “Organising comprehensive care for people is important. In healthcare jargon this is known as ‘multidisciplinary care’, but this does not really cover it. I prefer to use the term ‘integrality’.”

Read more in her blog

Concept of health

We believe it is our task to launch new ideas, take thinking in new directions and pose intellectual challenges. It is therefore taking up the issue of the concept of health, encouraging debate on the matter and on its implications for policy, practice and research, both nationally and internationally.

More about the Concept of health

Vulnerable people with disturbed behavior

In one of our workshops we will focus on the concept of people with disturbed behavior and present results form a qualitative and quantitative evaluation.

Abstract of the workshop

About ZonMw

Our goal is to ensure that healthy people stay that way for as long as possible, that ill people recover as quickly and completely as possible and that people who require care and nursing recieve the highest standard of services.

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