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Big Data – om onverklaarbare redenen altijd met hoofdletters geschreven – is in de gezondheidszorg een hype: er wordt veel over gesproken, maar de praktijk is nog weerbarstig. Dan Ariely van Duke University verwoordde het zo: ‘Big Data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they ...

Health and sustainable environment

There is a natural relationship between health and a sustainable environment. A unpolluted and sustainable environment often leads to healthier and happier people. Despite that natural bond, public health and sustainable environment organizations insufficiently collaborate to put health and environment on the political agenda. Together both sectors could build political pressure to ...

A regional approach to integrate prevention, health care and social care

Health care is changing rapidly. Recently, initiatives have emerged at a regional level to integrate prevention, cure and care, often labeled as population (health) management (PM). In these initiatives health care providers (care groups), health insurance companies as well as municipalities collaborate and strive to address health needs at all points along the continuum of health ...

Transition and transformation of the caring for youth: a rough diamond

Due to shortcomings in the care system the responsibility and the finances for youth support and help are transferred from the central government to the 408 municipalities in the Netherlands. From 2015 on the municipalities have to create comprehensive policy on general preventive youth policy, youth health care and youth care. There are a lot of uncertainties about the future. The ...

Investing in health

Spectrum issue 4 on cost-benefit analyses in prevention raised a lot of discussion. Invited by Spectrumeditor Hans van Oers the debate is continued by Erik Buskens, Matthijs van den Berg en Casper Schoemaker. They all agree about the broad societal importance of good health. Where Buskens, however, dreams about high potential benefits of prevention, Van den Berg en Schoemaker go ...

Social media in prevention and health care: can we do without?

Essential elements of the work of every public health and health care worker concern communication: searching for information, sharing information and giving input in debates and discussions. In addition to traditional media as journals, conferences and newspapers, we more and more use the new or social media in our work. We are active in LinkedIn discussions, write tweets to share ...

New government, new national policy, new opportunties?

Since a few months, The Netherlands has a new government. Public health and health care were placed on the policy agenda with new enthusiasm. This first ‘Spectrum’ of the year, will look into the plans written down in the coalition agreement called ‘Freedom and responsibility’. The first sentence of this agreement is ‘The cabinet combines realism about the problems of today with ...

Prevention in the insured package: a smart move?

The Dutch Public Health Status and Forecast report 2010 clearly shows that unhealthy behaviors is rather rule than the exception, and that promoting healthy behavior can yield many health benefits. Government and health care providers try to promote healthier behavior. Yet, people with (increased risk of) chronic conditions are not reached sufficient. Primary care, particularly ...

Marc van Veldhoven hoogleraar in Tilburg

Onlangs is dr. Marc van Veldhoven benoemd tot hoogleraar werk, gezondheid en welzijn aan de Universiteit van Tilburg. De arbeids- en organisatiepsycholoog Van Veldhoven ijvert al decennia voor het betrouwbaar meten van psychologische factoren op de werkvloer met speciaal daarvoor ontwikkelde vraagconstructen. Samen met Theo Meijman ontwikkelde hij in dat verband in 1994 de ...