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Dr. J. Rietjens PhD - click to enlarge
Dr. J. Rietjens PhD
assistant professor
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Judith Rietjens works as an assistant professor in the complex field of end-of-life care and decision-making at the Department of Public Health of Erasmus MC. She is a mental health scientist by training. She completed her PhD in 2006.

In 2009-2015, she held a 10% professor position at the End-of-Life Care Research Group of Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Also, in the period Sept 2013-Dec 2013 she was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), as a result of the "For Women in Science" fellowship. She was a visiting researcher at the dept. of Geriatrics of Yale School of Medicine (US) and at the Buehler Center on Aging of the Northwestern University in Chicago (US) as a Fulbright Scholar.

Judith is involved in several local, national and international projects. In 2017, she was granted a VIDI (Innovational Research Incentives for academic excellence) grant to study self-management of patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers. Further, she is the co-scientific coordinator of a EU FP7 funded international study ACTION, about advance care planning in Europe and she coordinates a study about the cost-effectiveness of advance care planning in Dutch care homes. She chairs the EAPC taskforce on advance care planning.

Previously, she was honoured with a VENI (Innovational Research Incentives for academic excellence) grant and a EUR fellowship. In this context, she coordinated the UNBIASED study that evaluates the practice of palliative sedation in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK from an empirical and ethical perspective.

She is always interested in new collaborations, locally, nationally and internationally.

Primary research interests and specialties are:
- patient engagement and self-management
- advance care planning
- palliative sedation and euthanasia
- palliative care in vulnerable groups (eg homeless, children, low SES)
- international comparisons