prof. dr. Julia van Weert

Name: Julia C. M. van Weert
PhD: 2004, Utrecht University
MSc: 1996, University of Amsterdam, Cum Laude
Interests: My research focuses on health communication, particularly on (older) patients’ information and communication needs, patient-provider interaction, information processing and effects of interventions. I am also very interested in new media strategies to deliver health messages, such as eHealth and Entertainment-Education. This concerns our understanding of how information on a website should be presented to (older) patients but also the effects of exposure to a pre-visit tailored website on communication during consultation. A major aim is to unravel the complicated dynamics between information provision and patients’ cognitive outcomes, emotional outcomes and relational outcomes. I have special interest in effective communication with older patients and was awarded a personal grant by the Dutch Cancer Society to develop the research line ‘OncoCommunicAging (OCA)’ on communication with older cancer patients. Ultimately, this research line aims to establish evidence- and theory-based guidance for the development of optimal patient education for older cancer patients.
Link: http://www.uva.nl/profile/j.c.m.vanweert
Research:
Tailoring and Ageing:
OncoCommunicAging: Communication with older cancer patients (OCA studies with Eugene Loos and AMC/Hanneke de Haes & Ellen Smets):

  • OCA-I:  Effective ways of presenting online information to older cancer patients (Nadine Bol, PhD)·
  • OCA-II: Tailoring information to older cancer patients: Effects of using web-based provider- and patient-directed tools (Sifra Bolle, PhD), including the systematic development of the web-based patient-directed tool ‘Patient Navigator’ (Romy Koopsen)
  • OCA-III: National survey on chemotherapy knowledge (Sifra Bolle, Christin Scholz)·
  • OCA-IV: How to effectively tailor website information to older patients’ mode preferences: A randomized Controlled Trial (Minh Hao Nguyen, PhD with AMC/Kristien Tytgat & Anthony v.d. Ven)·
  • OCA-V: Recommendations for ‘offline’ and ‘online’ tailored information for older cancer patients and their caregivers (with Nadine Bol & Annemiek Linn).
  • Decision support tools for older patients (with Sydney University/Jesse Jansen and AMC/Barbara van Munster)·
  • Tailored communication: The unexplored role of message features and health literacy (with Corine Meppelink, PhD and Edith Smit)·
  • VOICE: Communication with older cancer patients preceding chemotherapy (with NIVEL/Sandra van Dulmen & Jozien Bensing and Sydney University/Jesse Jansen) (www.nivel.nl/voice). This project is currently extended with the systematic development and implementation of  the web-based patient-directed tool ‘PatientVOICE’ (with NIVEL/ Sandra van Dulmen, Janneke Noordman & Jeanine Driesenaar).

Other tailoring studies:

  • The value of tailored communication in promoting medication intake behavior (with Annemiek Linn & Edith Smit and NIVEL/Liset van Dijk).
  • Tailoring information to Turkish patients in general practice: Intercultural medical communication (with Sanne Schinkel, PhD, Barbara Schouten & Bas v.d. Putte) and interpreter-mediated communication (with Rena Zendedel, PhD, Barbara Schouten & Bas v.d. Putte)
  • Unravelling underlying mechanisms of synergy effects in communication with cancerpatients (with Kim Brandes, PhD and Annemiek Linn & Edith Smit).

Entertainment Communication:

  • Dance4life: Engaging adolescents in HIV-prevention programs (with Barbara Schouten, Silvia Hermanns, Annemiek Linn and Martijn Vlug)
  • Theatre in the care: Evaluation of the Veder Method for nursing home residents with dementia (in collaboration with VUmc/Rose-Marie Dröes & Marijke van Dijk and Hogeschool InHolland/Petra Boersma, PhD)

Teaching: supervision of PhD’s, Entertainment Education & E-Health

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