Enhancing Health and Wellbeing

Today's world is complex: full of distractions and short-term rewards. In addition, people have a longer life course, and the demand for care and welfare is increasing due to a growing number of chronically ill people. The consequences of these developments are problems such as dependency, bad choices, and fear. This leads to unhealthy lifestyles and an increase in healthcare costs.

Current developments within Enhancing Health and Wellbeing call for an affordable and sustainable care system that is primarily focused on health instead of illness. Individuals need to have the right skills to make long-term decisions about their health and to protect themselves from unhealthy external influences. This needs to be supported by personalized training and treatments that make use of e-health and responsible data technology, among other things.  
In order to achieve this, a multidisciplinary approach is required, with knowledge of behavioral change, the organization and implementation of care, and the associated cost and legal aspects. 

Impact in action

The digital follow up system for cancer survivors PROFILES is an example of how we work with partners on long term health and wellbeing. In this project we cooperate with the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization (IKNL) to collect data about cancer survivors which forms a rich basis for new research. In the project Predict and Recover we work on improving quality of life of brain tumor patients after surgery.

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