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Dr. Tjerk Jan Schuitmaker is assistant professor at the Athena Institute of the VU University 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 sustainbable patient engagement practices in oncological care. After his graduation as Biomedical Scientists with a specialisation in neurology he did his PhD research in the field of Political Science. His dissertation is about persistent problems in the Dutch Health Care System and subsquent 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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Universiteit van Amsterdam

1 Aug 200628 Feb 2011

Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam

1 Sep 19971 Aug 2003


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

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Patient Participation Medicine & Life Sciences
Quality of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Learning Medicine & Life Sciences
Organized Financing Medicine & Life Sciences
Delivery of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Patient Transfer Medicine & Life Sciences
Continuity of Patient Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2018

Continuity of care is an important and distinct aspect of childbirth experience: Findings of a survey evaluating experienced continuity of care, experienced quality of care and women's perception of labor

Perdok, H., Verhoeven, C. J., van Dillen, J., Schuitmaker, T. J., Hoogendoorn, K., Colli, J., Schellevis, F. G. & de Jonge, A. 8 Jan 2018 In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 18, 1, 13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Continuity of Patient Care
Quality of Health Care
Labor Onset

Improving cardiometabolic health through nudging dietary behaviours and physical activity in low SES adults: Design of the Supreme Nudge project

Lakerveld, J. , Mackenbach, J. D. , De Boer, F. , Brandhorst, B. , Broerse, J. E. W. , De Bruijn, G. J. , Feunekes, G. , Gillebaart, M. , Harbers, M. , Hoenink, J. , Klein, M. , Mensink, F. , Middel, C. , De Ridder, D. T. D. , Rutters, F. , Sluijs, I. , Van Der Schouw, Y. T. , Schuitmaker, T. J. , Te Velde, S. J. , Velema, E. & 3 others Waterlander, W., Brug, J. & Beulens, J. W. J. 20 Jul 2018 In : BMC Public Health. 18, 1, 899

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Randomized Controlled Trials
Costs and Cost Analysis

Barriers and opportunities for shared decision making in clinical practice

Schuitmaker-Warnaar, T. J. & Scheele, F. 23 Nov 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Decision Making
Mental Competency
Professional Competence
Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Department

Breaking barriers for a bio-based economy: Interactive reflection on monitoring water quality

Metze, T., Schuitmaker, T. J., Bitsch, L. & Broerse, J. 1 Aug 2017 In : Environmental Science & Policy. 74, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

chemical compound
water quality