Columns and blogs

CAPHRI researchers reflect on the pandemic and its effects from their own expertise.


The Crisis - a friend or a foe for public health leaders

"We are witnessing a transformational change and this change will require value-driven, ethical, authentic transformational leaders at all levels of the health system". Kasia Czabanowska on public health leadership during and after the coronacrisis:


How To Make Ethically Responsible Corona Policy? “We Simply Don’t Know Enough About The Virus”

Peter Schröder-Bäck (RL Creating Value-Based Healthcare) was interviewed by Studio Europa Maastricht about the challenges of ethical corona policy in Europe. Link.


Isolation in time of pandemic is a luxury

Remaining isolated in time of pandemic is a luxury. This does not only apply to those with vital professions who continue to serve society. It also applies to low-resource settings, where people have no other choice but to keep on as usual to be able to provide food for the family, irrespective of the health risks, and where access to care is challenging. Read the column by Milena Pavlova, prof. of Health Economics and Equity (RL Creating Value-Based Healthcare) here.


Staying DEDICATED in times of COVID-19

Normally, the researchers involved in the DEDICATED project, are working on an approach to empower nursing staff in providing palliative dementia care. Now the involved nurses and other care professionals are working around the clock to provide the best possible care, the DEDICATED team is pausing on-site research activities. Instead, they are contributing from behind the scenes. How? Read about it here.


Times that call for flexibility

One of the things Raissa Derckx looked forward to in her PhD was to focus her attention on one single subject. Fast forward to last month, when her supervisor told her she should probably consider herself a full-time coronavirus researcher for the time being, as her ‘own’ topic (chlamydia management in primary care) was coming to a relative stand-still due to the virus. Now she is involved in two important COVID-19 related research projects. Read her story here.


Walking Dead re-visited: a tale on corona, uncontrollability and a more beautiful world

A column by Hans Bosma, professor of Social Epidemiology (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation). Read more. 



How to relieve work stress during the corona crisis?

Many recommendations have come along from the UM board on improving your working conditions while working at home, the importance of a good lifestyle and the new rules and regulations for different employee groups. What not yet been addressed, is the worsening of our psychosocial working conditions and how we can positively affect these when we all work from home? Angelique de Rijk (professor in Work and Health; RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation) gives us some tips on how to face the current situation and shows how managers can help. Read more


The role of the European Union during (and after) the Corona crisis

Anyone who has studied European Union (EU) health law will remember learning, “EU health competence is predominantly in public health” and “health in all policies”. In this COVID-19 period then, it seems surprising that the EU feels remote and not at the forefront of the response. The FHML Health Law Group (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation) explains why. Read more.


COVID-19 in the public debate

There is an overload of media attention for the corona pandemic. Are only ‘’serious scientists’’ considered legitimate voices in the public debate? Should non-experts keep their verbal distance? Two CAPHRI researchers share their views:

‘’Opinion epidemics’’ make public health public. Klasien Horstman (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation).
Responsibility of experts. Rik Crutzen (RL Promoting Health and Personalised Care).


The COVID-19 epidemic in Italy: response and policies

Italy was the country where the first European COVID-19 outbreak was detected. Within two weeks, the disease spread rapidly throughout other European countries. Our colleague prof Carlo Signorelli of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan gives an insight in the Italian management - and the problems faced- of the corona epidemic. Read the full article here.


COVID-19 shows need for developing global health education capacity in Iran

The public health authorities in Iran have severe difficulties in responding to the Covid-19 outbreak, which coincides with the politically induced economic sanctions against the country. All aspects of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are directly and indirectly hampered, and the country is falling short in combating the crisis. In the context of this worrying public and socio-economic health situation, the Erasmus+ project “IraN European Partnership for Capacity-building and Teaching in Global Health (INPACT)” , led by Anja Krumeich and Remco van de Pas (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation) has recently started. Read more.


Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in China: managing trust and accountability

In late 2019, China became the first country to be hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and many cities were locked down in 2020 to prevent transmission. The country’s response to the coronavirus has raised questions about control measures and establishing public accountability and trust in a non-democratic context. Ronghui Yang (RL Health Inequities and Societal Particiation) traces discussions among citizens about the response to the coronavirus pandemic by following Chinese social media platforms. Read more.


PECUNIA and the Coronavirus Outbreak: Societal Impact of a Disease

With the current pandemic, the economic impact of a disease on society becomes more evident than ever. Taking a broad multi-sectoral economic view on health related issues is the starting point of the PECUNIA project (RL Creating Value-Based Health care), in which costs in- and outside the healthcare sector are identified following a standardized approach to facilitate the comparability of the results in multiple European countries. Read more.


The COVID-19 pandemic and ‘Healthy Childcare Centres of the Future’

The measures being taken against the spread of the virus can have far-reaching consequences for running research projects. After several months of preparation PhD candidate Marla Hahnraths (RL Optimising Patient Care) was ready to do baseline measurements at several childcare centres. But now the centres are closed. Read her story here.