Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC) and program group Persuasive Communication
Julia van Weert is founding director of the Amsterdam Center for Health Communication (ACHC) and Program Group Director of Persuasive Communication at the University of Amsterdam.
OncoCommunicAging (OCA) research program
Julia van Weert is leader of the OncoCommunicAging research line on communication with older cancer patients, aiming to establish evidence- and theory-based guidance for optimal patient education for older patients. The value of eHealth and technology in addition to patient-provider communication is central. Most OCA-projects are conducted in close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Ellen Smets (department of Medical Psychology, AMC). Selection:
- OCA-I: Effective ways of presenting online information to older cancer patients (Nadine Bol)·
- OCA-II: Tailoring information to older cancer patients: Effects of using web-based provider- and patient-directed tools (Sifra Bolle, Melanie de Looper), including the systematic development of the web-based patient-directed tool ‘Patient Navigator (Wijzer bij Kanker)’ (Geke Romijn, Romy Koopsen)
- OCA-III: National survey on chemotherapy knowledge (Sifra Bolle, Christin Scholz)·
- OCA-IV: How to effectively tailor website information to older patients’ mode preferences: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Minh Hao Nguyen with AMC/Kristien Tytgat & Anthony v.d. Ven)
- OCA-V: Recommendations for ‘offline’ and ‘online’ tailored information for older cancer patients and caregivers (Nadine Bol, Annemiek Linn)·
- OCA-VI: The Health Communicator: systematic development of a digital tool to overcome language and cultural barriers between older migrant cancer patients and their caregivers (Hande Sungur, Nida Gizem Yilmaz, Barbara Schouten, Maria van den Muijsenbergh)
- PatientVOICE; development and implementation of a patient tool to help older cancer patients preparing for an educational nursing session preceding chemotherapy (with NIVEL/Jeanine Driesenaar, Janneke Noordman, Sandra van Dulmen)
- Decision support tools for older patients (with Sydney University/Jesse Jansen, AMC/Barbara van Munster and Cochrane Center/René Spijker, Lotty Hooft)
- Optimizing decision support tools for older cancer patients (with VUmc/Olga Damman, Nida Gizem Yilmaz and Daniëlle Timmermans)
- Improving health decision making in older adults: an experimental approach (with Monique Alblas and Melanie de Looper)
Veder Contact Method
Julia van Weert was project leader, together with Prof. Dr. Rose-Marie Droes (VU University Medical Center) and Prof. Dr. Berno van Meijel (Inholland University of Applied Sciences) on studies on the Veder Method (Marijke van Haeften-van Dijk) and the Veder Contact Method (Petra Boersma). These Methods use theatrical stimuli, such as theatrical communication (presentation/acte de présence, timing and intonation/tone), poetic communication (rhythm, associating, intonation/sound) and musical communication (recognizable songs of the past, humming, intentional use of music during the daily care) to improve communication in psychogeriatric care.