Titel Stageopdracht

Improving health care and health research by implementing computerized adaptive testing


Transparency in Health Care and University of Twente


Hengelo / Enschede

Gewenste periode voor de stage

November/February 2016/17

De Opdracht

In this internship you can learn about applied health psychology research for implementation of advanced measurement methodology in health care practice and applied health research. Maximal 2 students can be facilitated with this internship assignment.

Background of your internship activities:

Patient reported outcome measures (PROs) are instruments used to assess patients’ own perspective on their health condition. PROs play an increasingly central role in the appraisal of outcomes of medical and psychological treatments, as well as in reimbursement decisions regarding such treatments. Most PROs in current use are multi-item, fixed length questionnaires. However computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is an advanced, alternative approach that allows the quality and efficiency of the assessment to be optimized by selecting items that best match a patient’s (estimated) level of the measured trait. Despite these important advantages, uptake of CAT in practical measurement settings that might benefit from this new technology has been limited in health outcomes research.

We wish to develop an understanding of the attitudes and perceived barriers towards adoption of CAT amongst potential users of the technology, such as patients, clinical researchers and healthcare providers and payers. You can contribute to this project by systematically eliciting potential users’ perspective using qualitative research methodology. You can use our national and international network to contact and interview relevant stakeholders, you will summarize your findings and present ideas for further steps in this process. It is possible to combine your internship with your master thesis.

You will work at Transparency in Healthcare in Hengelo (http://www.tihealthcare.nl/en/) and at the Department PGT of University of Twente https://www.utwente.nl/igs/ehealth/vision/; https://www.utwente.nl/igs/ehealth/research/self-management-and-health-assessment/ together with an enthusiastic team of people who are dedicated to improving the care for people with chronic diseases by focusing on empowerment of patients and outcomes that are important for patients themselves.

Supervisors of your internship are Christina Bode (UT) and Martijn Oude Voshaar (TiH)

Informatie Contactpersoon:

Naam: Dr. Christina Bode,

Telefoon: 053-4896044

Email: c.bode@utwente.nl