Elke Huntink Development and evaluation of a tailored implementation programme for cardiovascular risk management in general practice

Date of PhD defense:  1 June 2017
Institute: RIHS, Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Promotor: Prof. Michel Wensing (IQ healthcare)
Co-promotor: Dr Jan van Lieshout (IQ healthcare)
A tailored intervention can have a positive effect on chronic healthcare. Research evidence on the usability of various methods for the design of implementation strategies is scarce. This research shows that brainstorm sessions and interviews with healthcare professionals yielded the most important determinants. Brainstorm sessions followed by a structured phase involving researchers and healthcare professionals generated many strategies to influence the mentioned determinants. These strategies were used for developing the tailored intervention programme when considering feasibility and potential impact. Evaluation shows that half of the practicing nurses mentioned that they used and implemented parts of the tailored intervention programme, but did not necessarily record this in patients’ medical records. At the patient level, a significant improvement for physical exercise was measured comparing the intervention group with the control group. Because this study is one of the first of its kind, and it is still unclear how best to select mentioned determinants and strategies for further tailoring, more comparative research is required to develop and test methods for tailoring strategies for determinants in improving healthcare for chronic illness care.

Elke Huntink (1980 in Braamt) obtained her Master of Health Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2009. In 2012, she started as a PhD candidate at the department of IQ healthcare at the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences. She currently works as a research coordinator in Rijnstate hospital.
Elke Huntink