MSc L. Verweij

PhD Candidate, Research Associate
Main activities
Education, Research
Transitional care in older cardiac patients
Focus of research

The Cardiac Care Bridge program is a nurse-coordinated transitional intervention that aims to reduce readmission and mortality in older cardiac patients (>70 years) at high risk of functional decline admitted to the departments of cardiology or cardiothoracic surgery. The intervention will be provided in three distinctive phases of care (clinical phase, transitional phase and post-clinical phase) and combines case management, disease management and home-based cardiac rehabilitation. In the clinical phase, patients in the intervention group will receive a comprehensive geriatric assessment and an integrated care plan based on identified problems by a cardiac nurse (disease manager). This plan is leading in all phases of care. In the transitional phase, a community-care registered nurse (case manager, CCRN) will receive a face-to-face handover of the integrated care plan by the disease manager. In addition, the CCRN will visit the patients to discuss and prepare discharge to home. In the post-clinical phase, the CCRN will visit the patient four times to establish and evaluate the integrated care plan. A primary care physiotherapist will perform home-based cardiac rehabilitation.

Key publications
  • Verweij Lotte, Smeulers Marian, Maaskant Jolanda M., Vermeulen Hester Quiet please! Drug round tabards: are they effective and accepted? A mixed method study Journal of nursing scholarship 2014;46 (5):340-348 [PubMed]
  • Smeulers Marian, Verweij Lotte, Maaskant Jolanda M., de Boer Monica, Krediet C. T. Paul, Nieveen van Dijkum Els J. M., Vermeulen Hester Quality indicators for safe medication preparation and administration: a systematic review PLoS ONE 2015;10 (4):e0122695 [PubMed]
  • Storm-Versloot Marja N., Verweij Lotte, Lucas Cees, Ludikhuize Jeroen, Goslings J. Carel, Legemate Dink A., Vermeulen Hester Clinical relevance of routinely measured vital signs in hospitalized patients: a systematic review Journal of nursing scholarship 2014;46 (1):39-49 [PubMed]
  • Vink Peter, Verweij Lotte, van Erp Willemijn Sabien, Lucas Cees, Vermeulen Hester A survey on pain assessment in patients with disorders of consciousness in Dutch hospitals and nursing homes British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 2015;11 (1):34-40
  • Smeulers Marian, Verweij L. [=Lotte], Maaskant Jolanda, Vermeulen H. Stilte graag! Effectiviteit en acceptatie van het niet-storen hesje Nederlands tijdschrift voor evidence based practice 2014;12 (5):4-6
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