L. Verweij MSc

PhD student
Main activities
Research, Teaching
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 L, Smeulers M, Maaskant JM, Vermeulen H, Quiet please! Drug round tabards: are they effective and accepted? A mixed method study. J NURS SCHOLARSHIP 2014;46 (5):340-348 [PubMed]
  • Smeulers M, Verweij L, Maaskant JM, de Boer M , Krediet CTP, Nieveen van Dijkum EJM, Vermeulen H, Quality indicators for safe medication preparation and administration: a systematic review. PLOS ONE 2015;10 (4):e0122695 [PubMed]
  • Storm-Versloot MN, Verweij L, Lucas C, Ludikhuize J, Goslings JC, Legemate DA, Vermeulen H, Clinical relevance of routinely measured vital signs in hospitalized patients: a systematic review. J NURS SCHOLARSHIP 2014;46 (1):39-49 [PubMed]
  • Vink P, Verweij L, van Erp WS, Lucas C, Vermeulen H, A survey on pain assessment in patients with disorders of consciousness in Dutch hospitals and nursing homes. BR J NEUROSCI NURS 2015;11 (1):34-40
  • Smeulers M, Verweij L, Maaskant J, Vermeulen H, Stilte graag! Effectiviteit en acceptatie van het niet-storen hesje. NED TIJDSCHR EVID BASED PRACT 2014;12 (5):4-6
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