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Advance Care Planning
Physiology of dying
The main focus of my research was on the improvement of end-of-life care. A standard format for care in the dying phase developed in the UK was demonstrated to be effective and was implemented in the Netherlands in all care settings. The format could also be used for uniform recording of the care given and was helpful to study the effect of different interventions in the dying phase. The latest study using the format was a double blind placebo controlled study on the prevention of death rattle by an anticholinergicum. Future research will focus on finding more evidence for treatment of symptoms in the palliative phase, such as delirium. Implementation of advance care planning in oncology practice will also be subject of the research. Ultimate translational research is planned on getting better notice of the start of the dying phase.
PhD, Pharmacologic Modulation of Taxanes, Erasmus MC
1997 → 2000
Award Date: 13 Dec 2000
Master, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
1980 → 1988
Bachelor, Psychology, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
1979 → 1980
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Scopolaminebutyl given prophylactically for death rattle: study protocol of a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial in a frail patient population (the SILENCE study)van Esch, H. J., van Zuylen, L., Oomen-de Hoop, E., van der Heide, A. & van der Rijt, C. C. D., 7 Sept 2018, In: BMC palliative care. 17, 1, p. 105
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review11 Citations (Scopus)
Geijteman, E. C. T., Graaf, M. V. D., Witkamp, F. E., Norden, S. V., Stricker, B. H., van der Rijt, C. C. D., van der Heide, A. & van Zuylen, L., Sept 2018, In: BMJ supportive & palliative care. 8, 3, p. 278-281 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review6 Citations (Scopus)
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Witkamp, F. E., van Zuylen, L., Borsboom, G., van der Rijt, C. C. D. & van der Heide, A., Feb 2015, In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 49, 2, p. 203-13 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review36 Citations (Scopus)
Effect of palliative care nurse champions on the quality of dying in the hospital according to bereaved relatives: A controlled before-and-after studyWitkamp, F. E., van Zuylen, L., van der Rijt, C. C. D. & van der Heide, A., Feb 2016, In: Palliative medicine. 30, 2, p. 180-8 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review14 Citations (Scopus)