Nivel features a total of thirteen specific research programs, each with its own research team. Each team has a program coordinator, usually a professor, with extensive research experience and expertise in the field concerned. Through interacting and collaborating the different teams can answer more complex societal questions and challenges.

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Take a look in our broad diversity of research programs below, all ran by one of our experts, and please feel free to contact us! Our experts are looking forward to telling you more about their field of expertise and about doing research together.


Research unit Organisation and Management in Healthcare: 5 research programs

Head of the unit: professor Roland Friele PhD

Onderzoeksprogramma Evaluatie van Wet- en Regelgeving in de GezondheidszorgCommunication in Healthcare

Nivel_Dulmen-zw-100pxGood interpersonal communication in healthcare is of great importance. And it cannot be taken for granted. We conduct high-quality research into the quality and effectiveness of healthcare. In this way, Nivel contributes to the improvement and innovation of healthcare.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Zorgstelsel en SturingHealthcare System and Governance

Nivel-Jong-100pxOne of the greatest challenges countries are facing is to set up a healthcare system that is and will remain accessible ánd offers good care. That is why it is important to have insight into how the system works in practice. Only then we can make adjustments where necessary. This is the object of our research.

Onderzoeksprogramma Evaluatie van Wet- en Regelgeving in de GezondheidszorgImpact of Legislation and Oversight in Healthcare

Nivel-Friele-100pxWe expect a lot from laws and regulations in healthcare and the supervision on those laws. We can see that they have a lot of impact, but is this the intended impact? How do you investigate this? We focus on the operation and effectiveness of those laws and regulations and on the supervision on those laws.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Organisatie en Kwaliteit van ZorgOrganisation and Quality of Healthcare

Nivel-Tuyl-100pxIn order to keep healthcare accessible, affordable and of high quality in the future, many initiatives have been started to organize it differently. We conduct research into these developments.

Onderzoeksprogramma Evaluatie van Wet- en Regelgeving in de GezondheidszorgProfessions in Healthcare and Manpower Planning

Batenburg-zw-100pxA balanced labor market - where supply and demand match each other in terms of quantity and quality - provides good, accessible and affordable care. How do we improve that connection? Is more training the solution? Or a different organisation of care? These are some of the key questions of this program. To this end, we continuously monitor the connection between supply and demand in the healthcare labor market.


Research unit Primary Care: 3 research programs

Head of the unit: Jeroen Hasselaar PhD

​Onderzoeksprogramma Rampen en MilieudreigingenDisasters and Environmental Hazards

Nivel-Duckers-100pxAnyone can be confronted in their life with events or circumstances in their social and physical living environment that have consequences for their health. We investigate how governments, healthcare institutions and other parties fulfill their responsibility for disaster and crisis management, as laid down in law, with a focus on human health.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Huisartsgeneeskundige ZorgGeneral Practice Care

Nivel-Korevaar-100pxThe GP is the first point of contact for patients. Also the general practitioner is the constant factor in the medical care of a patient for a long time. We study illnesses and their progress, care needs, care provided and the quality of that care. We also monitor changes and patterns.

Onderzoeksprogramma Zorgdata & het Lerend ZorgsysteemLearning Health System

Nivel-Verheij-100pxHow can we make the best possible use of data generated by the healthcare system? How can we learn from this data to gain more insight into accessibility, affordability and quality of care? These are questions that we are concerned with.


Research unit Healthcare from the Perspective of Patients, Clients and Citizens: 5 research programs

Head of the unit Professor Jany Rademakers PhD

​Onderzoeksprogramma Communicatie in de GezondheidszorgAllied Healthcare

Nivel-Dijk-100pxWe focus on improving the functioning of a patient with a condition or complaint. The research we conduct is based on the care data registered within Nivel Primary Care Database of four allied care disciplines: physiotherapists, remedial therapists, speech therapists and dieticians.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Zorg en Participatie bij Chronische AandoeningenCare Demand of the Chronically Ill and Disabled

Nivel-Boeije-100pxThe number of people with a chronic illness or disability will increase in the coming years, both among young people and the elderly. Our research focuses on what these people need, what they expect and what they do. With our research we aim to contribute to appropriate care and to increase participation in society.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Verpleging, Verzorging & OuderenzorgNursing Care and Elderly Care

Nivel-Francke-100pxHow do nurses think about their work? We ask nurses what it takes to optimize their work and working conditions in order to improve these and the care they provide. In the elderly care research we focus on how the elderly themselves think about health and healthcare of professionals.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Zorg vanuit PatiëntenperspectiefPatient-centered Care

Nivel-Boer-100pxTo have a health services system that functions well and to make improvements, we need to know what patients think of that healthcare and what choices they make. How can we get patients involved in their own care? How can we best record, interpret and use patients’ experiences? These are some of the key questions in our research.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Farmaceutische ZorgPharmaceutical Care

Nivel-Dijk-100pxWhen people use their medicines properly, they experience a better quality of life. We investigate the entire pharmaceutical care chain, from the prescription by the doctor to the patient who uses it.


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