Ellen Smets

(Principal Investigator), Prof. PhD

1988 …2024

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Personal profile

Research interests

 The research line Medical Communication has three points of particular interest:

(1) General medical communication, with a focus on the exchange of information and decision making and a specific interest in the communication of uncertainty. In this area we particularly address communication in oncology. Relevant patient reported outcomes encompass patients' understanding and recall of information, their satisfaction with the decision making process and their trust in health care providers.

(2) Communication in the domain of clinical genetics and genomics. Again, the focus is on information exchange and decision making but these specifically relate to genetically determined health risks for the individual and/or their offspring.

(3) Training in medical communication. This research concerns the evidence based teaching and assessment of medical communication skills and professional behaviour of medical students and medical specialists.


Medical psychology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • BF Psychology
  • Patient Professional Interaction
  • Patient Reported Outcomes

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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