Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
Improving people's health and wellbeing over an increasingly longer lifetime is a major social challenge of our time. In order to enhance health and wellbeing, we have to take decisions that not only achieve progress in the short term, as is often the case, but also in the long term. This is the line of approach of the Impact program regarding Health and Wellbeing.
The perspective of the individual is one of our points of departure, including both physical and mental health, and the perspective of organizations and society another. Together with the healthcare sector, the business community, and various educational institutes and organizations, we are developing new ways to improve health and wellbeing.
Decide: How do we enhance decision making to make an impact on health and wellbeing at the individual and societal level?
People and organizations often make decisions that result in profit in the short term but are harmful in the long term. Addictions are an example of such decisions. New methods are needed that enable both people and organizations to make long-term decisions to enhance health and wellbeing.
Enhance: How do we develop new methods to improve health and wellbeing?
Care prevention, patient empowerment, personalized treatments and reaching vulnerable groups are of great importance to make and keep everyone resilient when it comes to health and wellbeing. We develop new methods that contribute to that resilience, for example by using e-health and responsible data technology. We develop models that estimate health and optimize care based on data analysis.
Sustain: How can we contribute to the sustainability of the health care system?
In order to keep healthcare affordable we need to work on better prevention, more effective care and ultimately a shift from a care system that is mainly focused on disease to a system that is mainly focused on health. Our researchers focus on, for example, reducing the differences in health (care) between specific groups, societal aspects and transformations in health care and integrated care. We also investigate how stimulation of positive outcomes of interventions (for example on growth and self-reliance) can reduce long-term cost.
Impact in action
The digital follow up system for cancer survivors PROFILES is a n 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.