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Dr. J.A. Haafkens

Position
Associate professor (UHD)
Main activities
Research
Specialisation
Social determinants of health (gender, ethnicity), mixed methods, cardiovascular care, education
Focus of research

At the Department of General Practice AMC Joke Haafkens coordinates research in the field of “diversity and health”. She has acquired funding from several Dutch and EU research funding organizations (e.g., Diabetes Fund, ZonMW, FP5 Health, FP7 Health).Topics of her current research projects at AMC are: 1. the perspective on diabetes management among ethnic minorities living in the Netherlands; 2. the implementation of culturally adapted programs for hypertension management in Dutch primary care practices; and 3. the development and implementation of a cardiovascular health education program for hypertensive patients in Nigeria. Other recent research topics are attention to sex and gender related factors in: 1. the development of clinical practice guidelines; 2. the ethical approval, design and conduct of (basic) biomedical research in the EU; 3. evidence based medicine and 4. public health policy.
Haafkens also works (0,5 ftu) at the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Labour Studies of the University (AIAS) of Amsterdam. At AIAS Haafkens supervises a study on the role of human resource managers in the improvement of the work situation of employees with chronic illness. She is also the work package leader of an EU financed project on health and safety at work.
A main theme of Haafkens' current studies is "from the stakeholders' perspective (e.g., patients, health care providers) towards practical tools. The studies typically use a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. The researchers are both PhD candidates or post-docs.
 

Key publications
  • Haafkens JA, Beune EJAJ , van Charante EPM, Agyemang CO, A cluster-randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of culturally-appropriate hypertension education among Afro-Surinamese and Ghanaian patients in Dutch general practice: study protocol. BMC HEALTH SERV RES 2009;9:193 [PubMed]
  • Moerman CJ, Deurenberg R, Haafkens JA, Locating sex-specific evidence on clinical questions in MEDLINE: a search filter for use on OvidSP. BMC MED RES METHODOL 2009;9:25 [PubMed]
  • Beune EJAJ , Haafkens JA, Agyemang C, Schuster JS, Willems DL, How Ghanaian, African-Surinamese and Dutch patients perceive and manage antihypertensive drug treatment: a qualitative study. J HYPERTENS 2008;26 (4):648-656 [PubMed]
  • Keuken DG, Haafkens JA, Hellema MJ, Burgers JS, Moerman CJ, Incorporating a gender perspective into the development of clinical guidelines: a training course for guideline developers. IMPLEMENT SCI 2007;2:35 [PubMed]
  • Varekamp I, Haafkens JA, Detaille SI, Tak PP, van Dijk FJH, Preventing work disability among employees with rheumatoid arthritis: what medical professionals can learn from the patients' perspective. ARTHRITIS RHEUM-US 2005;53 (6):965-972 [PubMed]
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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Joke Haafkens holds an MA in Social Psychology and a PhD in Medicine. At present she works as a part-time (0,5 ftu) senior researcher at the Department of General Practice at the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam (AMC). She also works as a part-time senior researcher (0,5 ftu) at the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Labour studies of the University of Amsterdam (AIAS).
At the Department of General Practice Joke Haafkens coordinates research in the field of “diversity and health”. She has acquired funding from several Dutch and EU research funding organizations (e.g., Diabetes Fund, ZonMW, FP5 Health, FP7 Health).Topics of her current research projects at AMC are: 1. the perspective on diabetes management among ethnic minorities living in the Netherlands; 2. the implementation of culturally adapted programs for hypertension management in Dutch primary care practices; and 3. the development and implementation of an cardiovascular health education program for hypertensive patients in Nigeria. Other recent research topics are attention to sex and gender related factors in: 1. the development of clinical practice guidelines; 2. the ethical approval, design and conduct of (basic) biomedical research in the EU; 3. evidence based medicine and 4. public health policy. At AIAS Haafkens supervises a study on the role of human resource managers in the improvement of the work situation of employees with chronic illness. She is also the work package leader of an EU financed project on health and safety at work. The studies she conducts typically use a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, and the results have been published in papers, reports and books, and dissertations. In 2003-2004 Haafkens worked as a project manager for the department of women’s health at the WHO Office for Europe in Copenhagen. She is also an experienced teacher and trainer on a variety of (public) health and social science topics.