Beerlage – de Jong, N. (Nienke) MSc.

Nienke de Jong

PhD student

Presence: Mo. / Tu. / Wed. / Thu.
Building: Cubicus, room C139
Telephone: +31 (0)53 – 489 3517; +31 (0)53 – 489 4470 (secretary)
Fax: +31 (0)53 – 489 2895


In 2010 I completed the Master Health Sciences at the University of Twente by writing my graduation paper about a study I performed at Medisch Spectrum Twente (MST, a Dutch hospital). Within this paper I studied facilitators and barriers for healthcare workers in adhering to the hospital’s basic hygiene protocols. I performed this study using the Intervention Mapping method.

Then, in 2012, I completed the Master Health & Safety Psychology. I wrote my graduation paper in order of EPECS (European Patients Empowerment for Customized Solutions). Goal of this project was to study what knowledge civilians and patients need (according to experts) to enable patient participation in cross-border infection prevention and –control.

I started working as a PhD student for the department Psychology, Health & Technology in June 2012. Within this department, my focus is mainly on:

  • eHealth: The use of Information & Communication Technology to improve healthcare.
  • User Centered Design: The involvement of end-users in every stage of the development, design and implementation of an intervention.
  • Persuasive Technology: Technology itself can contribute to its success, by stimulating and motivating its users, to optimize adherence and support behavior change.
  • Implementation Interventions: Interventions aimed at stimulating the adoption and internalization of an innovation.


During the first months of my work as a PhD student I developed a web-based application for the registration of nursing home associated infections in prevalence research. This project is executed in cooperation with the REZON-project (Regionaal Zorghygiëne Netwerk Nijmegen e.o.). Currently, the Prevalence App is annually being used in prevalence measurements in over 30 nursing homes.

Within my work for the University of Twente I am affiliated with the EurSafety Healt-Net project. This cross-border project is aimed at improving patient safety in healthcare institutions by decreasing the occurence of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Antimicrobial resistance is an important problem in the treatment of HAIs. One of the most important programs within the EurSafety Healt-Net project is a program for the prudent use of antibiotics: An Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP). An ASP consists of measures, guidelines and tools for responsible use of antibiotics. I will be involved in (applying ICT in) the implementation and application of (parts of) an ASP. The research of my colleagues Jobke Wentzel and Maarten van Limburg will also be a relevant within my work.