Antroposofische Gezondheidszorg onderzoek

Recently completed projects

Best practices in AH

A survey among members of anthroposophic professional therapeutic groups revealed which best practices the healthcare professionals themselves assign to each professional group. This information can be used for training purposes and for selecting indications to subject to well-controlled effect research. 

Publication in preparation.

CQI-anthroposophic healthcare

The development and validation of the Consumer Quality Index - Anthroposophic Healthcare (CQI-AH) questionnaire to document client experiences and satisfaction regarding the specific qualities of anthroposophic healthcare.

Consumer Quality Index -Anthroposophic Healthcare Questionnaire.  This questionnaire is meant for doctors (part 1) and therapists (part 2, p.11 ff.). Scientific publication 

'In Verbinding' [‘in contact’]- RAAK public project

In this project, in collaboration with the professional field, four diagnosis-specific healthcare programmes were developed in practice:
Healthcare Programme: Depression
Healthcare Programme: Attachment Problems 
Healthcare Programme: Hay fever
Healthcare Programme: Cancer
The healthcare programmes include care pathways with multidisciplinary treatment modules.
A monitoring system was also developed, with which the care described in the healthcare programmes can be evaluated in terms of (cost)effectiveness and client experiences.

More information about this project can be found in the newsletter In Verbinding.

International Research Newsletter on Anthroposophic Medicine

Newsletter with international news about research aspects in the field of anthroposophic healthcare. It was developed in collaboration with the Research Council of the Medical Section in Dornach and has appeared 12 times so far. 

International survey DAKART

A questionnaire was developed for the international art therapy professional associations and sent to their members. The questionnaire documents various aspects of operational management and experience of art therapists.

KICK – Art in contact with children

Evaluation of a two-year course of KICK, a socio-artistic treatment for the psychosocial development of children/adolescents (10-14 years old).

Child in focus; Result-oriented research

Charting client experiences with the Kindertherapeuticum in Zeist [child therapeutic centre, Zeist/Netherlands] in the period 2004-2009 in comparison with two earlier measurements.

Cost effects of CAM

Following an initial comparative study into differences in healthcare costs between patients with a conventional GP and GPs who have also been trained in complementary healthcare (Kooreman & Baars, 2012), a second study has now been done. In a database of a healthcare insurer (with many more patients than in the first study), the costs of the GP, medicines, hospital and paramedic care and the costs of the supplementary insurance were calculated for two groups of patients (from conventional GPs and complementary healthcare-trained GPs). 

Art therapy for attachment problems

Expert knowledge was used to develop an art therapy treatment module (music and images) for children with an attachment problem.

The treatment module is ready, it is currently being explored how it can be deployed and evaluated in practice.

Qualitative research into client experiences with anthroposophic therapies

The documentation of client experiences with specific therapies for specific indications as the basis for further communication to referring doctors and patients.

The results have been published.

Measles study - 1st phase

102 parents of children who went through a measles episode between May 2013 and March 2014 participated in a study by completing an online questionnaire in which the experiences of suffering measles and the monitoring provided by the GP were documented.

External Therapy

In this study, two questionnaires were developed (one for nurses and one for patients) to determine the progress with external therapy. In this first phase the questionnaires were developed, tested for face validity and usefulness, and the first routine outcome measurements done.

ZonMw project: Healthcare Programme development and organisation (action study follow-up)

Four healthcare centres worked on the professionalisation of their organisation, to improve the quality, efficiency and transparency of care. Specific attention was paid to the organisation of diagnosis-oriented care, in the form of developed healthcare programmes (partly in the RAAK project).

Healthcare Programme: Depression, an anthroposophic approach

The development of a Healthcare Programme for cancer with specific diagnosis and treatment modules, which is based on a literature review and the expertise of the anthroposophic doctors and therapists. Plus the development of a ROM (Routine Outcome Monitoring system) for this Healthcare Programme.

Healthcare Programme: Physiotherapy for shoulder pain, an anthroposophic approach

Development of a methodical approach to shoulder pain using physiotherapy, differentiated from an anthroposophic approach. The aim is to generate proof of efficacy from the professional workfield through systematic monitoring.

Healthcare Programme: Attachment problems, an anthroposophic approach

This programme provides care guidelines for children and their parents/educators about how to identify attachment problems in children in the practices of therapists and other caregivers. The Healthcare Programme offers a plan for the diagnosis and treatment and how to follow ('to monitor') the care provided to children with attachment problems and their parents/educators in practice.

Healthcare Programme: Hay fever, an anthroposophic approach

On the basis of a literature review and charting the expert knowledge of anthroposophic doctors and AH therapists, a healthcare programme for hay fever was developed.

Healthcare Programme: Cancer, an anthroposophic approach

The development of a healthcare programme for cancer with specific diagnosis and treatment modules, which is based on a literature review and the expertise of the anthroposophic doctors and therapists. Plus the development of a ROM (routine outcome monitoring system) for this healthcare programme.