1 November 2010
Prof. Myrra Vernooij-Dassen (PhD) is principal investigator in the Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice and director of Nijmegen Alzheimer Centre. She has a chair on psychosocial aspects of care for frail elderly people. She is affiliated to the scientific Institute of Quality of healthcare and the department of nursing home medicine of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and to the Kalorama foundation She is trained in sociology and research methodology and has performed a large body of research on quality of care, especially on dementia care and palliative care and on care transitions. She has a special interest in psychosocial interventions. She is involved in several European Union funded projects. She is chair of Interdem, a pan-European research group on detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia and is honorary visiting professor of the School of Health of Bradford University.
Honours and Awards:
- Dutch Gerontology award 2007, the Codde & Van Beresteyn Award for PhD student Maud Graff
- Cathararina Pijls PhD award health sciences PhD student Maud Graff. University Maastricht, 2009.
- Chair European Interdem group. Interdem is a pan-European research group on detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia.
- Honorary visiting professor Bradford University.
5 selected publications
- Graff MJL, Vernooij-Dassen MJM, Thijssen M, Dekker J, Hoefnagels WHL, Olde Rikkert MGM. Community occupational therapy in patients with dementia and their caregivers: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ 2006;333:1196.
- Graff MJ, Adang EM, Vernooij-Dassen, MJ, Dekker J, Jonsson L, Thijssen M, Hoefnagels WH, Olde Rikkert MG. Community occupational therapy for older patients with dementia and their caregivers: cost effectiveness study. BMJ 2008;336:134-8.
- Spijker A, Vernooij-Dassen M, Vasse E, Adang E, Wollersheim H, Grol R, Verhey F. Effectiveness of non pharmacological interventions in delaying institutionalization of patients with dementia: a meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008;56:1116-28.
- Perry M, Draškovi? I, van Achterberg T, van Eijken M, Lucassen P, Vernooij-Dassen M, Olde Rikkert M. Development and Validation of Quality Indicators for Dementia Diagnosis and Management in a Primary Care Setting. J Am Geriatr Soc 2010;58:557-63.
- Vernooij-Dassen M, Vasse E, Zuidema S, Cohen-Mansfield J, Moyle W. Psychosocial interventions for dementia patients in long-term care. Int Psychogeriatr. 2010 Sep 3:1-8