PhD J.L. Suurmond

Research Associate
Main activities
Education, Research
Project coordinator European projects; Teaching diversity; Qualitative studies
Focus of research

Diversity and responsive health care practices

Citation. Diversity and responsive health care practices

Goal or mission statement. This research program aims to identify and overcome barriers in care access among underserved groups (such as migrants) using a multi-disciplinary lens on theory and methodology with the ultimate aim to achieve equal access to care services for equal need.

Research themes.

Palliative care and diverse patients/clients We study how palliative care can become more diversity responsive, for example by (1) developing tools for palliative care projects to involve diverse patients and take into account the needs and practices of diverse patients and their family; (2) by studying how the concept of dignity in palliative care is defined by diverse migrant patients; (3) by evaluating training for health care professionals and medical students about palliative care to migrant patients.

Access to care for refugees and asylum seekers We study access to care, for example how to give culturally tailored information about latent tuberculosis screening for asylum seekers and refugees as well as exploring their perceptions about (latent) tuberculosis and screening. In addition, we study whether mental health care meets the needs of new migrant women.

Access to screening We study access to colorectal cancer screening for migrants and how to give culturally tailored information about screening.

Implicit bias in health care Using interviews we study the concept and impact of implicit bias in health care.

Cultural competence in medical education We develop training and study the effect of cultural competence training in medical education (e.g. the effect of training about the use of interpreters). In addition, we address cultural competencies of medical teachers, assessing their needs and develop training to meet these needs

Key publications
  • Suurmond J., Dokter J., van Loey N., Essink-Bot M. L. Issues to address in burn care for ethnic minority children: A qualitative study of the experiences of health care staff Burns 2012;38 (5):730-737 [PubMed]
  • Suurmond Jeanine, Seeleman Conny, Rupp Ines, Goosen Simone, Stronks Karien Cultural competence among nurse practitioners working with asylum seekers Nurse education today 2010;30 (8):821-826 [PubMed]
  • Suurmond Jeanine, Uiters Ellen, de Bruijne Martine C., Stronks Karien, Essink-Bot Marie-Louise Explaining Ethnic Disparities in Patient Safety: A Qualitative Analysis American journal of public health 2010;100 (Suppl. 1):S113-S117 [PubMed]
  • Seeleman Conny, Suurmond Jeanine, Stronks Karien Cultural competence: a conceptual framework for teaching and learning Medical education 2009;43 (3):229-237 [PubMed]
  • Seeleman M. C., Suurmond J., Stronks K. Een arts van de wereld. Etnische diversiteit in de medische praktijk. Eerste drukHouten: Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum; 2005. ISBN 9789031346592
All Publications
Research programmes

Prof. PhD A.E. Kunst (The impact of public policies on population health and health inequalities)

Current research funding
  • AMC
  • KNCV Tuberculosefonds
  • ZonMw