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dr. Tjerk Jan Schuitmaker-Warnaar, MSc



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    Dr. Tjerk Jan Schuitmaker is assistant professor at the Athena Institute of the VU Amsterdam. He is interested in persistent problems and system innovations in health care. An underlying goal is to improve the relationship between patient and professionals central in the quest for high quality care. This requires empowerment of both professionals and patients. He has, for instance, worked with regional partnerships of health care professionals in obstetrics on improving the quality and continuity of (pre)natal care, and with patients in implementing sustainable patient engagement practices in oncological care.

    He is currently workstream leader within the PARADIGM consortium, and focussed on developing tools for monitoring and evaluating value and impact of patient engagement.

    Within 'Het Bewustzijnspoject' he supports the implementation of High Value Cost Conscious Care (doelmatige zorg) projects.

    With SUPREME NUDGE he works on supporting a healthy life style through supermarkets in order to battle non-communicable diseases like diabetes.


    After his graduation as a Biomedical Scientists with a specialisation in neurology he obtained his PhD in the field of Political Science. His dissertation is about persistent problems in the Dutch Health Care System and subsequent work focusses on solving these complex problems. He conducted this research at the AISSR of the University of Amsterdam, as part of the KSI-network, dealing with sustainability transitions.

    As lecturer Tjerk Jan teaches a wide range of (honours) courses on the interaction between science, technology and society. He supervised over 200 internships and theses of master students.

    He is coordinator of the Major Science in Society.

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    PhD, Universiteit van Amsterdam

    1 Aug 200628 Feb 2011

    Award Date: 23 Jan 2013

    Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam

    1 Sep 19971 Aug 2003

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2003


    • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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