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Lidewij Vat is Researcher and Lecturer Meaningful and Sustainable Patient Engagement at the Athena Institute. She is interested in creating and advancing person-centred health (research) systems and motivated by solving societal challenges with citizens and other partners. She is currently researching engagement initiatives to better understand the key conditions to transform research practices and health outcomes.

She is involved in projects which aim to enhance patient and public engagement in research, care and policy-making and works on health system studies. She contributed to the PARADIGM initiative, were she was responsible for developing tools for monitoring and evaluating value and impact of patient engagement. She was Training and Capacity Lead and Patient Engagement Lead at NL SUPPORT (SPOR Initiative - CIHR) were she led the development and delivery of innovative training programs and the development of a patient-centred research infrastructure.

As a lecturer and trainer, she teaches in a wide range of (master) courses. For example, Comparative Analysis of Health Care Systems, Clinical Trials and Healthcare, Containment Strategies for Infectious diseases, Disability and Development, and Patient-Oriented Research training modules.


o 10 years of experience with stakeholder engagement, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation of workshops and dialogue sessions
o Managed quality improvement projects in healthcare settings
o Facilitated complex problem solving and system innovation processes in international multi-stakeholder projects.

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Academic qualification

Management, Policy analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010

Health Sciences, Bachelor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 31 Aug 2008

Embedding of Patient Engagement in health research systems, PhD

1 Apr 20182021

User created Keywords

  • Patient engagement
  • participation
  • Participatory reflective research
  • Stakeholder participation
  • qualitative methods
  • Participatory action research
  • Change Management
  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • L Education
  • RZ Other systems of medicine


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