KEMTA

Our Team

FotoCarmen Dirksen (Hoofd Afdeling)

c.dirksen@mumc.nl, T: 043-3877447

Biography
Carmen D. Dirksen (1967) finished her studies in Health Sciences at Maastricht University (Health Policy, Economics and Management) in 1992. Following her graduation she worked as a researcher at the Department of General Surgery of the University Hospital Maastricht, where she obtained her PhD on Health Technology Assessment of laparoscopic surgery (1998). In 1997 she started working for the department which is now known as Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment (KEMTA) of the MUMC+. Since 2007, Carmen has been teaching economic evaluation methods at the Maastricht University (MU) and at several courses. She is course coordinator of the specialty course on 'Advanced outcome measurement in Health Technology Assessment at the Health Sciences Research Master. Recently, she (co-)developed an introductory course on 'Discrete choice experiments in health care'. Carmen is member of several advisory committees (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research) and board member of the Dutch Society for Technology Assessment in health care. She is co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and was/is supervisor of 18 PhD students. In 2012 she was appointed full professor in 'Health Technology Assessment of clinical interventions' within the research school CAPHRI, FHML. As from September 2014 she is head of the department KEMTA.

Research interest and focus
Carmen Dirksen has over 20 years of experience mostly with trial-based economic evaluations. Her work covers several clinical areas such as Dermatology, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Ophtalmology, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Anesthesiology, Respiratory Diseases, (Geriatric) Psychiatry and (Child) Psychology. Her specific research interest, besides economic evaluations, concerns (health-related) quality of life, patient preference and patient satisfaction research.

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FotoManuela Joore (Waarnemend Afdelingshoofd)

m.joore@mumc.nl, T:043-3875434

Biography
Manuela A. Joore (1971) graduated from Health Policy, Economics and Management (Maastricht University) in 1996. Following her graduation she worked at the Department of Urology of the University Hospital Maastricht. In 1998 she started working at the department which is now known as Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment (KEMTA) of the MUMC+. She got her PhD in Economics in 2002 (Maastricht University) on the topic of health economic evaluation. Since 2006 Manuela has been teaching methods of Health Technology Assessment at Maastricht University and at other organizations. She is the developer and course-coordinator of the 'Cost-effectiveness modelling methods' course of the Health Sciences Research Master. She is a member of the 'Scientific Advisory Committee' of the National Health Care Institute, She is also a member of the 'Expensive Medicines' ('Dure Geneesmiddelen') and 'Rational Pharmacotherapy' ('Goed Gebruik Geneesmiddelen') committees of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). She is on the HTA board of the national Centre for Personalised Cancer Treatment. Manuela leads a health economics evidence review group for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the United Kingdom. She is (co-)author of over 90 peer-reviewed papers and is/was supervisor of 16 PhD students. In 2016 she was appointed full professor in 'Health Technology Assessment and decision-making' within the research school CAPHRI, FHML.

Research interest and focus
Manuela Joore has over 15 years of experience with (mostly model-based) health economic evaluation in a large variety of clinical areas. She uses economic evaluation to inform decision making regarding the (further) development, reimbursement, and use of health care technologies.

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FotoIrene van Hoof (Secretariaat)

irene.van.hoof@mumc.nl, T: 043-3875559

Irene van Hoof-Vrancken works as secretary in the department of KEMTA. Before that she first finished her study Schoevers Secretary in Tilburg. Then she worked within the AZM/MUMC+ as a secretary within the departments of Facility Services and Cleaning Services. For the past 16 years, Irene is the secretary of KEMTA. 

 

 

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FotoBrigitte Essers

brigitte.essers@mumc.nl, T: 043-3877430

Biography
Brigitte A.B. Essers obtained an MSc in Health Sciences at Maastricht University (Health Policy, Economics and Management). Before joining KEMTA, she worked as a policy-advisor and project manager regarding the development and implementation of a management-information system (DRG) within the University Hospital Maastricht. She combined this work with a part-time research position which in 2008 resulted in obtaining a PhD in Health Sciences (on the subject of patient satisfaction, preferences and the cost-effectiveness of different surgical treatments for Basal Cell Carcinoma, a non-melanoma form of skin cancer). Next to her research work, she finished a MSc in Epidemiology.

Research interest and focus
Brigitte Essers now works fulltime as a senior researcher within the department KEMTA. Her research interests are health related economic evaluation, quality of life, discrete choice experiment and patient satisfaction. Her work covers different clinical areas like dermatology, internal medicine, paediatric care, surgery, traumatology, radiology and is for a large part funded by the ZonMw Health Care Efficiency Programme/Expensive Medicine. Recently, she (co-) developed and (co-) presented an introductory course on the design and application of 'Discrete choice experiments in health care'. Furthermore, she is coordinator of the local procedure related to the submission of grants for the ZonMw Health Care Efficiency Programme.

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FotoBram Ramaekers

bram.ramaekers@mumc.nl, T: 043-3877399

Biography
Bram L.T. Ramaekers (1986) finished his study Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (MBRT) in 2007. In the final year of this study, he worked on a regular basis as a radiation technologist at MAASTRO clinic and finished the pre-master methodology and statistics program at Maastricht University. Afterwards he studied Public Health (specialization: Health Services Innovation) at Maastricht University. Following his graduation, he started as a PhD student at MAASTRO clinic and Maastricht University where he obtained his PhD (2013) on acknowledging patient heterogeneity in Health Technology Assessment. Since November 2012 Bram works as a researcher at the MUMC+ (department: KEMTA) where he is involved in multiple research projects related to Health Technology Assessment. This includes acting as a health economic lead of the Evidence Review Group for The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). In addition, he is also involved in teaching and supervising master and PhD students.

Research interest and focus
Bram Ramaekers has extensive experience in the field of Health Technology Assessment, specifically with model-based economic evaluations and related statistical methods (e.g. evidence synthesis methods, survival analysis). His work covers several clinical areas, including Oncology and Radiotherapy.

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FotoMartin Prins

mh.prins@maastrichtuniversity.nl, T: 043-3882374

Biography
Professor M.H. (Martin) Prins completed his training as MD in 1983. After a period as Physician-Officer in the Royal Dutch Navy he started training in internal medicine in 1989. He spent 2 years in Hamilton, Canada at McMaster University, where he studied clinical epidemiology and performed research in thrombosis. In 1992 he completed his internal medicine education and in 1993 he defended his thesis entitled "Clinical and methodologic studies in thrombosis". He then worked in Amsterdam Medical Center as head of the trial unit until 2001 when he went to Maastricht University as Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and chairman of the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment. He has coached 30 PhD students, has co-authored more than 300 scientific publications and has a Hirsh-index of 62.

Research interest and focus
Clinical epidemiology, particularly research in thrombosis.

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FotoAndrea Peeters

andrea.peeters@mumc.nl, T: 043-3874409

Biography
Andrea Peeters graduated in General medicine at the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovak Republic). Following her graduation she worked five years as a physician at the Radio-diagnostic department at an academic hospital. She then moved to the Netherlands and graduated in Epidemiology at the Free University, Amsterdam. From 2001 she was employed as a researcher at the Department of Epidemiology of the Maastricht University and the Department of Ophthalmology of the Maastricht University Hospital. In 2008 she obtained a PhD title on the topic of Primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension, cost-effectiveness of early detection and treatment. During one year she also participated as a researcher on a project 'Cost-effectiveness of particle therapy' at the Maastro Clinic in Maastricht. Since 2008 she works as a researcher at the Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment (KEMTA) department of the MUMC+ and also as a teacher/tutor at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the Maastricht University.

Research interest and focus
Andrea has gained experience in modelling of the processes such as take place in the clinical practice and in determination of cost-effectiveness in the health care. Her main interest lies in the field of clinical epidemiology. This includes principles, methods and applications for all clinical research. Her main focus lies upon the randomized clinical trials.

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FotoSander van Kuijk

sander.van.kuijk@mumc.nl, T:043-3874374

Biography
Sander M.J. van Kuijk (1981) works as clinical epidemiologist at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment. In his current job, he primarily provides methodological and statistical advice to researchers and clinicians of the academic hospital, and cooperates in clinical research projects. He obtained an M.Sc. degree in Epidemiology from Maastricht University in 2008. After graduation, he started working as a teacher at the department of Epidemiology at the same university, where he primarily taught epidemiology and statistics, and as a researcher at the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Maastricht University Medical Centre. In 2013, Sander obtained his PhD on the prediction of recurrent early-onset preeclampsia, and on methodological and statistical challenges that are prevalent in studies aiming to develop or validate prediction models.

Research interest and focus
Sander has a keen interest in research methodology and statistics for all major clinical epidemiological domains, such as therapeutic interventions, aetiology, and prognostic and diagnostic research (e.g. predictive and diagnostic modelling). He teaches a course on clinical prediction modelling in cooperation with Maastricht University. Besides empirical research, he is interested in statistical methods for handling missing data (such as stochastic and multiple imputation), index-event bias, and the use of stochastic simulations to determine the characteristics of statistical methods and the impact of bias.

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Bianca de GreefBianca de Greef

bianca.greef@mumc.nl, T:043-3874409

Biography
Bianca T.A. de Greef (1989) works as a clinical statistician at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment. In her job, she provides statistical advice and help to researchers and clinicians of the academic hospital. She obtained her master’s degree in Medicine at Maastricht University in 2013. After graduation, she started a PhD training at the department of Neurology on the underlying conditions and treatment of small fiber neuropathy, which she finished in 2018. During her PhD she started a master’s program in Biostatistics at the University of Hasselt, Belgium. At this time, she is working as a post-doc at the department of Neurology in combination with the work at KEMTA.

Research interest and focus
Bianca has a broad interest in all domains of statistics, such as diagnostic studies, clinical trials, or pilot studies. Due to her background as a medical doctor, her strength is combining clinical and statistical knowledge. Besides this, she has a large interest in clinimetrics, specifically Rasch-analyses, which is a method to transform ordinal questionnaires to an interval scale.

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FotoYvonne van Eijk-Hustings

yvonne.eijk.hustings@mumc.nl; 76502/74426

Biography
Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings (1958), senior researcher and specialised rheumatology nurse, finished her nursing studies (University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen) in 1980. After more than 20 years of clinical experience in nursing in various health care settings, she studied Health Sciences (Maastricht University) and she graduated in 2004. Since her graduation she has been working as a researcher within the Department of Patient & Care. She has performed qualitative, quantitative and mixed research projects with regard to task shifting, development of (multidisciplinary) guidelines, costing and implementation in chronic illness care.
In 2014 she obtained her PhD on a thesis titled 'Improving care for patients with rheumatic diseases'.
Yvonne aims to integrate research and clinical practice. She is involved in national projects on task shifting, initiated by the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Sports in the Netherlands. She also participates in different international research groups for standardisation of outcome measurement, and in guideline development and implementation.

Research interest and focus
Yvonne has a special interest in issues that are relevant in the care for people with chronic diseases, such as task shifting, specifically from physicians to nurses. Participatory evaluation, evaluating care processes, patient empowerment, patient centeredness versus standardisation and guidelines, and health literacy are additional topics in this area.

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FotoInge Duimel-Peeters

inge.duimel@maastrichtuniversity.nl, T: 043-3882985

Biography
Inge GP Duimel-Peeters (1974) is a physiotherapist, a health scientist and an epidemiologist. In 2005, she obtained her PhD-research focussing on the effects of massage with and without Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) to prevent pressure ulcers. She is appointed as a senior researcher/ass. Professor, and education developer to respectively the Department of Family Medicine and Department. of Integrated Care, and the Department of Educational Development and Research. She developed and coordinated the diabetes-, COPD- and (part of the) cardiovascular disease diagnosis-based costing treatment combinations (DBC) for the primary care setting in Maastricht. After her PhD-degree, she worked as a staff Advisor Methodology for the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate in Utrecht (part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport). In 2007, she started working at the MUMC+.

Research interest and focus
Nowadays, she is working for the MUMC+, with the focus on cooperation between primary and secondary care, hereby dealing with the change in healthcare demand through the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and amount of (frail) elderly. She is the developer of, and lecturer and teacher in courses for the Medicine and Health Sciences-curriculum. Within the Education Institute, focus is on the implementation and further development of EPASS (e.g. developing the system so that learning analytics and just-in-feedback modules serves practice). EPASS is the acronym for "Electronic Portfolio and Assessment Support System." She is a member of review committees of the Medicine Curriculum (Bachelor and Master). Short-term research projects within the hospital and primary care are continuously conducted and supervised. For more information regarding portfolio-use in education: http://www.epass.eu

FotoMonique Bessems

monique.bessems@mumc.nl, T: 043-3874418

Biography
Monique Bessems (1962) studied Teacher Primary School at Maastricht Pedagogical Academy and graduated in 1984. She started working as a research assistant at the Institute for Rehabilitation Research in Hoensbroek en was involved with several projects focused on acquired brain injury. Meanwhile she followed the course Psychology Assistant and graduated in 1987.
In 2001 she started working at de department Patient & Care of the MUMC+. She worked for several projects concerning Chronic Pain (fibromyalgia) and Substitution in Healthcare.
Besides her work she studied Health Psychology, following several modules concerning Developmental Psychology, Healthcare Psychology, Social Psychology, Interviewing, Neuro Psychology, Coaching from a Psychological Perspective and an Introduction of Quantitative en qualitative Research Methods. In 2015 she followed a summer course Effective Writing at the University of Maastricht.

Research interest and focus
Currently she is working by research projects concerning Task reallocation in Healthcare and a research project about curricula in education programs nursing (MBO,HBO) regarding palliative care. She focuses on patient perspective in research projects and writes articles for use in Dutch Journals concerning this subject.

FotoJosiane Boyne

j.boyne@mumc.nl, T: 043-3875392

Biography
Josiane Boyne (1953) finished her nursing education in Maastricht in the Annadal hospital in 1975. Next, she followed her education as a specialised coronary care unit (CCU) nurse. From 2000-2002 she followed her education as nurse specialist at the HAN University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen), and in September 2002 she started her education as a Master in Advanced Nursing Practice in chronic somatic diseases, which she successfully finished in 2004. Doing research regarding "the effects of telemonitoring in patients with heart failure" she obtained her PhD-degree in 2013. Since, she is involved in several projects related to integrated care, palliative care and telemonitoring. She is a member of the "Patient & Care' committee of the European Society of Cardiology. She is (co)author of several peer reviewed publications, and supervises 2 PhD students. She coordinates (integrated) heart failure care and is head of the heart failure nurses-team.

Research interest and focus
Josiane Boyne has experience with cardiologic patients for more than 40 years, and particularly heart failure in the last 15 years. She started as a specialized nurse and moved to nurse specialist in 2004. Her special attention and experience covers telemonitoring and integrated care.

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FotoDaisy De Bruijn-Geraets

daisy.de.bruijn@mumc.nl, T: 043-3871007

Biography
Daisy De Bruijn-Geraets (1964) obtained an applied university degree on biochemistry at the Zuidlimburgse Laboratoriumschool Sittard in 1986. Following her training, she worked as a (senior) analyst at the Tissue Typing laboratory in the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+), where she specialised in DNA techniques, especially sequencing. In 1999 she switched her career and joined the department of Patient & Care in the MUMC+. Since then, she was involved in several studies in the field of integrated care and task shifting as a research assistant and in later stages as a researcher. In 2011, she graduated in Epidemiology from Maastricht University and started working as a PhD student on two studies on independent rights of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants for some reserved procedures (#voorBIGhouden). In 2018 she obtained her PhD (#Big Issues).
Currently, she works as a researcher at the department KEMTA (MUMC+) with a focus on realist evaluation with mixed methods. She is involved as a researcher in an evaluation on the independent rights of Allied Medical Healthcare professionals (in Dutch: Bachelor Medisch Hulpverleners). Besides, she is also an advisory member of the "College Specialismen Verpleegkunde".

Research interest and focus
Daisy De Bruijn-Geraets has gained experience in realist evaluation with mixed methods, ranging from formulating research questions to triangulation of the results, with particular attention to the context and mechanism of the intervention.
She has a special interest in task allocation from physicians to other healthcare professionals and in skill mix.

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