We welcome Brynja and Jeroen

brynjaBrynja, a PhD in Norrköping and Reykjavik

Brynja Ingadottir joined the networking group in the autumn of 2013. She is a Clinical nurse specialist and Clinical lecturer at Landspítali University Hospital, but also a PhD-student at Linköping University since 2011. Brynja received the HFA Nursing Scholarship 2012 which made it possible for her to almost move to Norrköping and have more time for her research.

Brynja´s research focus is on patient education and the doctoral studies will possibly end with a prototype for a computer based patient education with game approach. Her first study was on patient education in arthorplastic patients, the second one on heart failure patients with CRT; the research focus on their educational needs, how those are fulfilled and how the education relates to various outcomes. A qualitative study on what patients think about different media for patient education, including computer games, will also be conducted before the prototype can be made.

The scholarship period will end in September but Brynja will continue to commute between Reykjavik and Norrköping and the research will also be spread to the heart failure clinic at Landspìtali as a collaborative work between Landspitali University Hospital, University of Iceland and Linköping University. Brynja has been very inspired by the opportunities the scholarship has made possible, by the research and the health care she has seen in Sweden and because of the time she now can devote to research and development.


 Jeroen, a post-doc with experience in Redesigning Health Care

Jeroen Hendriks is a nurse and PhD who is now in Linköping at the Institution for Medicine and Health for six months as a post-doc.jeroen

Jeroen received his PhD at the Department of Cardiology and Faculty of Health Services Research at Maastricht University Medical Centre in 2013 with the thesis: Integrated chronic care for patients with atrial fibrillation.

Jeroen has an expertise in the field of Redesigning Health Care. This is a broad and dynamic research area which is evolving rapidly. His major interest goes out to Integrated Chronic Care Management in cardiac care – heart rhythm diseases, particularly atrial fibrillation (AF).

During his PhD he was directly involved in the development of the integrated chronic care program on AF (in terms of a specialized outpatient clinic) and consequently performed a randomized clinical trial in the Maastricht University Medical Centre. The trial focused on the (cost)effectiveness of the integrated care approach, which consists of nurse-led, guidelines-based, software-supported care. The RCT demonstrated the AF-Clinic to be superior in terms of cardiovascular hospitalization and death compared to usual care. Moreover, the approach turned to be a cost-effective strategy in the treatment of AF-patients.