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Life after Trauma [PhD Project]

Physical trauma is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and associated with high medical and societal costs. Independent of type and severity, trauma can have significant impact on various aspects of life, like work and leisure. Given the complexity and the differences in the recovery patterns of trauma patients, instead of a one size fits all solution, a personalised approach is needed. This project is part of the Personalized Prevention and Care theme.

The aim of this project is to increase the understanding of differences in patterns of physical, psychological, and social recovery within and between trauma patients, using a patient-centered approach. With this insight, personalized aftercare for patients can be developed to improve health and recovery after trauma.

In a mixed method design we will use secondary data from ongoing cohorts, qualitative data collection to and intensive longitudinal data collection (Experience Sampling Methods) among trauma patients to investigate daily health and recovery patterns within patients. With this approach and new insight, more tailored, multidisciplinary trauma care can be offered, leading to overall better health and recovery for trauma patients, and more participation in society. Healthcare professionals will get more insight in the outcome of the patient, particularly in the interaction between different outcome domains. This knowledge aids in identifying risk groups and tailor treatment and advise to the needs of the patient.

Collaboration between researchers and health care organisations

In this project researchers from TSB, Tilburg University will work in close collaboration with researchers and trauma surgeons from the ETZ Hospital and the Network Acute Care Brabant (NAZB), which is a collaboration between 10 hospitals in Brabant which hospitalise approximately 11.000 trauma patients annually.

The team

Dr. Margot Joosen (Tranzo) is a health scientist with expertise in work & health and recovery

Dr. Mariska de Jongh (Elisabeth-Tweesteden Ziekenhuis & Network Acute Care Brabant (NAZB), Tilburg) is an  epidemiologist with expertise in outcome research in trauma care

Dr. Marjan Bakker (Department of Methodology and Statistics) is specialized in longitudinal data analysis and latent class analysis

Daphne van der Kruijssen (MSc) (Department Human Resource Studies) is specialized in employee wellbeing and experience sampling techniques

Dr. Nina Kupper (Department Medical and Clinical Psychology) is a medical psychologist specialized in psychological risk- and protection factors


Project duration: 2021 - 2025

[Photo: ETZ foto en film]

Cross-cutting themes

The Herbert Simon Research Institute for Health, Well-being, and Adaptiveness is a research center devoted to carrying out excellent, state of the art research in order to contribute to healthy and resilient people. We have selected three themes, which involve the collaboration between various Departments  and address actual themes in need of both fundamental and applied research.