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Radboud University Nijmegen
Medical Centre, The Netherlands
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Project leads, The Netherlands:

Maria van den Muijsenbergh, MD, PhD
General practitioner, senior researcher
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Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten, MD, PhD
General practitioner, Associate professor
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researcher

Eric Teunissen, MsC
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Francine van den Driessen Mareeuw
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The Radboud University Medical Centre is part of the Radboud University Nijmegen. The UMC is one of the 8 Dutch University Medical Centres in the Netherlands. It combines patient care, teaching and research expertise in Medical Sciences, Biosciences and Dentistry with a business investment of 840.335.000 € in 2011. 3.158 undergraduate students are registered; 140 thesis have been defended in 2011 and 3.020 peer reviewed articles were published that year. The university has ample experience with FP6 and FP7 projects, both as partner (more than 70 projects) and as coordinator (more than 10 projects).

The RESTORE team in Nijmegen, the Netherlands will be led by Associate ProfessorEvelyn van Weel-Baumgarten and senior researcher Dr. Maria van den Muijsenbergh, who are both experienced general practitioners and hold research positions at the Department of Primary and Community Care of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical School.

Evelyn van Weel is involved in national and international research in the field of mental health and in medical education with a focus on communication and consultation skills. She is involved in curriculum development in the medical school in Nijmegen with a specific remit for diversity education and training. She is also involved in the international Wonca Working party on Mental health problems as educational advisor, in the educational working party on cultural diversity of the Dutch Society of Medical Education, and in the educational working part tEach of the European Association of Communication In Health Care (Each). She is a member of the WONCA Special Interest Group on Migrant Care, Immigrant Health and Travel medicine.

She has been trained on the subject of ethnic and cultural diversity for scientific professional guidelines (NHG training) and for medical education and was involved in adaptation of the Dutch Guideline on Depression with specific attention for cultural diversity. She is also involved in development of various training courses on intercultural communication skills training for undergraduate medical students and in delivering these courses. As a senior researcher at the Department of Primary and Community Care of the Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen she is involved in (participatory) research of doctor patient communication and educational research. She works in close cooperation with Maria van den Muijsenberg, guaranteeing optimal exchange of expertise between their research expertises of Cultural Diversity and mental health, and transfer to relevant fields in medical education.

Maria van den Muijsenbergh has specific expertise in Migrant Health with an international portfolio of research in health and healthcare for (undocumented) migrants in the Netherlands, in culture and in gender. She has trained the scientific staff of the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG) on the subject of ethnic and cultural diversity in the development of scientific professional guidelines. She is the convener of the WONCA Special Interest Group on Migrant Care, Immigrant Health and Travel medicine. She is involved in development and performing of various training courses for cultural sensitive healthcare and intercultural communication skills training for general practitioners and practice nurses. She also works as a senior-researcher and adviser for Pharos, the Dutch knowledge center on migrants and health.

Within Pharos she has extensive experience with participatory research methods, making use of peer researchers and ethnic matching as well as moderating focus group discussions with migrants. She knows by experience the pro's and contra's of performing interviews and focus group discussions with and without (in)formal interpreters. From her research among undocumented migrants she is familiar with the ethical and practical peculiarities of performing research within the "vulnerable space" these undocumented migrants live in. Besides her work as a researcher she works in general practice where (undocumented) migrants form a large part of her patient population. She is familiar with mental health problems of and communication with this vulnerable group.

The Nijmegen team is active in all aspects of the RESTORE program, and leads WP 6 'Reflexive Monitoring'.

Selected recent publications:

  • Vermeer, Bertine, Van den Muijsenbergh, Maria E. The attendance of migrant women to the national breast cancer screening in the Netherlands 1997 - 2008' European Journal of Cancer Prevention: 2010 - Volume - Issue - pp (accepted)
  • MA Schoevers, METC van den Muijsenbergh and ALM Lagro-Janssen: Selfreported health problems of female undocumented immigrants. Top of the iceberg. Self-rated health and health problems of undocumented immigrant women in the Netherlands, a descriptive study. Journal of Public Health Policy 2009 Vol.30,4: 409- 22.
  • Hartman, Eva; van den Muijsenbergh, Maria E.; Haneveld, Reinier W. Breast cancer screening participation among Turks and Moroccans in the Netherlands: exploring reasons for nonattendance European Journal of Cancer Prevention: September 2009 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - pp 349-353
  • Schoevers MA, van den Muijsenbergh METC, Lagro-Janssen ALM. Patient-held records for undocumented immigrants: a blind spot. Systematic review of patient-held records. Ethnicity and Health. 2009. May 21:1-12.
  • Toine Lagro-Janssen, Sylvie Lo Fo Wong, Maria van den Muijsenbergh: The importance of gender in health problems. The European Journal of General Practice 2008 vol 14 suppl 1: 33 - 38
  • Mathijs Hendriks, Hanneke van Laarhoven, Ries van de Sande, Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten, Constans Verhagen, Kris Vissers. Palliative care for an Islamic patient: changing frameworks. Journal of Palliative Medicine 2012, 15 (10): 1053-55
  • Karasz A, Dowrick C, Byng R, Buszewicz M, Ferri L, olde Hartman TC, van Dulmen S, Weel-Baumgarten E, Reeve J. What we talk about when we talk about Depression: Doctor-patient conversations and treatment decision outcomes. Br J Gen Pract 2012; Vol 62: 30-31
  • Van Boven C, Lucassen P, van Ravesteijn H, olde Hartman TC, Bor H, van Weel-Baumgarten E, van Weel C. Do unexplained symptoms predict anxiety or depression? Ten-year follow-up data of from a practice-based research network. Br J Gen Pract. 2011, in press
  • olde Hartman TC, van Ravesteijn H, Lucassen P, van Boven K, van Weel-Baumgarten E, van Weel C. Patients' reason for visit matter and should be a basis to value and analyse outcome of care. Br J Gen Pract. 2011, in press
  • Heijmans M, olde Hartman TC, van Weel-Baumgarten E, Dowrick C, Lucassen P, van Weel C. Experts' opinions on the management of medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. A qualitative analysis of narrative reviews and scientific editorials. Fam Pract 2011, Mar 2 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Weel-Baumgarten E. van, Lucassen P, Hassink-Franke L, Schers H. A different way of looking at depression. Int J Clin Pract, October 2010; 64 (11): 1493–1495
  • van Weel C, van Weel-Baumgarten E, van Rijswijk E. Treatment of depression in primary care. BMJ. 2009; 338: b93