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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

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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: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

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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: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Chapter 4. Unravelling persistent problems through analyzing innovative practices in health care

Schuitmaker-Warnaar, T. J. & ter Haar-van Twillert, E. 2017 Towards Sustainable Transitions in Healthcare Systems. Broerse, J. E. W. & Grin, J. (eds.). Routlegde

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter