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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 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.

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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Research Output 2010 2019

Client-centred maternity care from women's perspectives: Need for responsiveness

Petit, V., Lips, S. R., Schuitmaker-Warnaar, T. J. & Broerse, J. E. W., 25 Mar 2019, In : Midwifery. 74, p. 76 83 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Primary Health Care
Secondary Care
Patient-Centered Care
Tertiary Healthcare
Focus Groups

Embedding meaningful patient involvement in the process of proposal appraisal at the Dutch Cancer Society

Schölvinck, A. F. M., Schuitmaker, T. J. & Broerse, J. E. W., 1 Apr 2019, In : Science and Public Policy. 46, 2, p. 254-263 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

research approach

Enhancing Patient-Centred Care through Knowledge Co-creation and Empowerment

Petit-Steeghs, V., 2019, 185 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Evaluating the "return on patient engagement initiatives" in medicines research and development: A literature review

Vat, L. E., Finlay, T., Schuitmaker-Warnaar, T. J., Fahy, N., Robinson, P., Boudes, M., Diaz, A., Ferrer, E., Hivert, V., Purman, G., Kürzinger, M. L., Kroes, R. A., Hey, C. & Broerse, J. E. W., 2019, In : Health Expectations.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Patient Participation
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Waste Products
Insurance Benefits
Health Promotion


Quality of Health Care
Public Health