Our 13 research programs

Knowledge about healthcare and healthcare services is needed to continuously improve care and support for patients and citizens. We acquire this knowledge through research, driven by concrete questions and dilemmas from healthcare practice and policy. An overview of our fields of expertise.

Nivel features a total of thirteen specific research programs, each with its own research team. Each team is lead by a program coordinator, usually a professor, with extensive research experience and expertise in the field concerned. Through interacting and collaborating together and with other parties, they can address more complex societal questions. Take a look at our programs feel free to contact us about our research and about doing research together!

Research Unit 'Organisation and Management in Healthcare'

Head of the unit: Prof. Roland Friele, PhD. The unit contains 5 research programs:

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

Sandra van DulmenGood interpersonal communication in health services is of great importance. And it cannot be taken for granted. We conduct high-quality research into the quality and effectiveness of health services. In this way, Nivel contributes to the improvement and innovation of healthcare service.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Zorgstelsel en SturingHealthcare System and Governance

Judith de JongOne of the greatest challenges countries are facing is to set up a healthcare system that is and will remain accessible ánd is and will be offering 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

Roland FrieleWe expect a lot from laws and regulations in health services and the supervision on those laws. It is clear that they have a lot of impact. But is this the intended impact? And how do we conduct research to find answers to this question? We focus on how those laws and regulations function in practise, how effective they are en how the supervision on them is been carried out.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Organisatie en Kwaliteit van ZorgOrganisation and Quality of Healthcare

Lilian van TuylIn order to keep healthcare services 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

Ronald BatenburgA 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'

Head of the unit: Jeroen Hasselaar, PhD. The unit contains 4 research programs:

​Onderzoeksprogramma Communicatie in de GezondheidszorgAllied Healthcare

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

​Onderzoeksprogramma Rampen en MilieudreigingenDisasters and Environmental Hazards

Michel DückersAnybody can be confronted, at any time 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

Joke KorevaarThe 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, needs in healthcare services, the healthcare services provided and the quality of that healthcare. We also monitor changes and pattern in these matters.

Onderzoeksprogramma Zorgdata & het Lerend ZorgsysteemLearning Health System

Robert VerheijHow 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 healthcare services? These are questions that we are concerned with in our research.


Research Unit 'Healthcare from the Perspective of Patients, Clients and Citizens'

Head of the unit: Prof. Jany Rademakers, PhD. The unit contains 4 research programs:

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

Hennie BoeijeThe 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. In conducting our research we aim to make a contribution in establishing more appropriate healthcare services for these groups op people, as well as to increase their participation in society.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Verpleging, Verzorging & OuderenzorgNursing Care and Elderly Care

Anneke FranckeHow do nurses think about their work? We ask nurses what it takes to optimize their work and working conditions in order to improve these. As well as the healthcare services they provide. In the elderly healthcare services research we focus on how the elderly themselves think about health and the healthcare services provided by professionals.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Zorg vanuit PatiëntenperspectiefPatient-centered Care

Dolf de BoerTo have a healthcare services system that functions well and still manages tot improve itself continuously, we need to know what patients think of those healthcare services and what choices they make in using these healthcare services. How can we get patients involved in their own healthcare management? How can we best record, interpret and use patients’ experiences in improving healthcare services? These are some of the key questions in the research we conduct.

​Onderzoeksprogramma Farmaceutische ZorgPharmaceutical Care

Liset van DijkWhen 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.


Nivel Research Communication Center . Our 13 research programs. From: www.nivel.nl [Last update 19-May-2022; consulted on 21-May-2022]. URL: https://www.nivel.nl/en/our-13-research-programs