Every year all four institutes are asked to nominate 3 of that’s year best dissertations. The jury, the four members of the board of governors, score and discuss these dissertations to award one of them with the CaRe dissertation award.

Winner of the CaRe award 2021

Aukelien Scheffelaar

Top 3

  • Floor van den Brand
  • Aukelien Scheffelaar
  • Vincent van Vugt

Nominations 2021


  1. Alena Kamenshchikova; Resistant bacteria in society Travelling through practices of policy, healthcare and science 
  2. Floor van den Brand; Financial incentives for smoking cessation
  3. Ingrid Kremer; Facilitating shared decision-making with a patient decision aid for choosing a treatment for multiple sclerosis; Guiding stakeholders through a forest of criteria


  1. Anne Wichman; Pin Pin Korori – Live Long, Die Short: Efficiency of palliative care delivery throughout Europe from a macro, meso and micro level
  2. Bram Tilburgs; Advance care planning in dementia: Development and evaluation of an educational intervention in primary care
  3. Marloes Heutmekers; Out-of-hours primary care for people with intellectual disabilities: out-of-sight, out-of-touch, out-of-mind


  1. Bette Loef; Shift work: Health, lifestyle, and immunological effects
  2. Michael Schreuders; Smoke-free school policies: understanding their impact and implementation by using the realist approach
  3. Vincent van Vugt; The merits of vestibular rehabilitation: Exploring vertigo and dizziness in general practice


  1. Daniël van Hassel; Working hours of general practitioners: Identifying differences in working hours with data obtained by a real time measurement tool
  2. Tessa Jansen; Mind the Safety Net Socioeconomic inequalities in out-of-hours primary care use
  3. Aukelien Scheffelaar; About the client perspective: A participatory study evaluating the quality of long-term care relationships

Winners CaRe Award 2020

Usually, the CaRe award is being awarded during the CaRe days. However, since this event was cancelled, the winners were announced during the CaRe webinar of June 2nd. And this year, we have two winners, ex aequo!

TOP 4:

  1. Nina Bartelink
  2. Marin de Jong
  3. Eva van der Meij
  4. Rosa Geurtzen

Nominations 2020


  1. Nina Bartelink, Evaluating health promotion in complex adaptive school systems: The Healthy Primary School of the Future 
  2. Marin de Jong, The PROMise of remote monitoring to improve quality of care for inflammatory bowel disease.
  3. Dorijn Hertroijs, Build to order: Patient profiling to tailor type 2 diabetes care


  1. Lisa Verberne, Management of overweight and obesity in primary healthcare
  2. Judith Huis in het Veld, Taking Care Together
  3. Erica Maurits, Autonomy of nursing staff and the attractiveness of working in home care


  1. Eva van der Meij, Improving postoperative recovery by eHealth
  2. Jan Mokkenstorm, On the road to zero suicides: Implementation studies
  3. Wouter Gude, Understanding and optimising electronic audit and feedback to improve quality of care


  1. Pauline Bollen, Pushing boundaries in global dolutegravir utilization. Clinical pharmacology studies in children and adults living with HIV
  2. Machteld van Egmond, Effectiveness of septoplasty in adults with nasal obstruction and a deviated septum
  3. Rosa Geurtzen, Prenatal counselling in extreme prematurity



Winner CaRe Award 2019

Eefje de Bont 

Top 3:

  1. Eefje de Bont
  2. Anne Brabers
  3. Floor Borlée & Margot Metz ex aequo

Nominations 2019
In 2018 318 PhD students of CAPHRI, APH, RIHS and Nivel finished their thesis. Out of these 318, 11 were nominated for the CaRe award 2019.


  1. Vera Negenborn, Clinical results and patient-reported outcomes in breast reconstructive surgery.
  2. Bo Havermans, Implementation of organisational stress prevention.
  3. Margto Metz, Shared Decision making in mental health care. The added value for patients and clinicians.


  1. Kei Long Cheung, Improving the use of an Economic Decision Support Tool in the context of tobacco control.
  2. Eefje de Bont, Childhood fever in out-of-hours general practice.


  1. Floor Borlée, Respiratory health effects of livestock farm emissions in neighbouring residents.
  2. Anne Brabers, Patient involvement and medical practice variation. Can patients be ignored in theories about practice variation?
  3. Corelien Kloek, e-Exercise. The integration of face-to-face physiotherapy with a web-application for patients with osteoarthritis of hip and knee.


  1. Franca Ruikes, Integrated primary care for frail elderly. Implementation, effects, and costs of the CareWell primary care program.
  2. Esther Bakker-van Gijssel, A pro-active health assessment instrument for people with intellectual disabilities. Towards reducing health inequities.
  3. Jan-Willem Weenink, Back on track. Addressing poor performance of health professionals.

Winner CaRe award 2018

Ben Wijnen

Nominations 2018


  1. Mala George Otieno, Diagnostics evaluation of smear negative tuberculosis in a resource poor setting.
  2. Polina Putrik, Uncovering the Gap: individual and country level socio-economic inequities in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
  3. Ben Wijnen, Health technology assessment in epilepsy, moving towards patient-centered, efficient care.

Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

  1. Annette Plouvier, Parkinson’s disease in primary care. A joint journey of patients and general practitioners.
  2. Ibo Souwer, Chiblains in general practice.
  3. Jan Koetsenruijter, Social support networks of diabetes patients.


  1. Sjors Koppes, Stratum corneum biomarkers for inflammatory skin diseases.
  2. Floor Bennebroek Evertsz’, Quality of life, Anxiety, Depression in patients with inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  3. Caroline Kampshoff, High intensity or low-to-moderate intensity exercise after chemotherapy: for whom and how?


  1. Tessa Magnée, Mental health care in general practice.
  2. Judith Sinnige, Multimorbidity and medication management in general practice: a challenge for GP’s.
  3. Daan Botje, From the boardroom to the bedside and back.

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