Centre of Expertise Health innovation

Research group Family Care

The Family Care research group conducts research, shares knowledge and innovates education based on a relational perspective. The research group uses the metaphor ‘Care Justitia’, an innovative scale with three scales instead of the customary two. The three scales symbolise care recipients, family caregivers and professional caregivers. They encounter one another in the workplace and do their best to balance the care to be provided. The Family Care research group aims to contribute to well-balanced care that facilitates meaningful relationships.

About the research group

The research group focuses on such questions as: What happens to a family if one of its members becomes seriously ill? How do care recipients, family caregivers and professionals use the possibilities of technology? What role does the nurse play in palliative care in intensive care units?

The research group was created at the initiative of the Municipality of The Hague and twelve care organisations. Their ‘Mantelzorgakkoord’ (Family Care Agreement) is unique in the Netherlands and offers possibilities to link research, policy and practice.

About the professor

Deirdre Beneken genaamd Kolmer

Deirdre Beneken genaamd Kolmer is an educational philosopher. Since 2001, she has been exploring the theme of family care in research, education and practice. This focus began with an exploratory study into the support, acknowledgement and well-being of family carers. She earned her PhD in 2007 with a study entitled ‘Familycare and care responsibility: the art of meeting each other’. Her work was used to introduce a relational approach to healthcare. Apart from conducting research, she also gives Masterclasses to primary care administrators and holds presentation for general practitioners, paediatric physicians and healthcare workers. Since 2011, she has been head of the Family Care research group at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

+31 (0)70 - 445 89 90
Professor Family Care
dr. Deirdre Beneken genaamd Kolmer
+31 (0) 70 - 445 89 90