Corona related (research) initiatives

COVID-19 related (research) initiatives where CAPHRI researchers are contributing to.

Systematic reviews prediction models for diagnosis and prognosis of covid-19 infection 

CAPHRI (Laure Wynants, Luc Smits) and a group of international researchers studied 31 prediction models for the early detection and progression of COVID-19 and concluded that most models are not scientifically reliable enough to serve as a basis for medical decision. The systemic review was published in the BMJ. This review will be regularly updated in the coming months. 

BMJ Article , Update article
Interview Laure Wynants CAPHRI) and Maarten van Smeden (UMC Utrecht)


COVID-19 Epidemiology Update: rapid and living systematic reviews

Four Dutch institutes - Maastricht University/CAPHRI, RIVM, Cochrane Netherlands and UMC Utrecht - have joined forces to coordinate new systematic reviews on COVID-19 initiatives within the Netherlands and coordinate them as much as possible to avoid duplication. To date, 50 epidemiologists have signed up to participate in the collection, assessment and, where necessary, summarization of the available data and evidence regarding COVID-19. The systematic reviews will cover the following domains: 1) (curative) interventions; 2) preventive interventions/measures; 3) diagnostic and prognostic prediction models; 4) risk factors and 5) diagnostic tests. Partner of the WHO Evidence Collaborative. Early results are published open access via Maastricht University Library. Prospero: CRD42020180085. For more information please contact prof. Maurice Zeegers, CAPHRI:


Corona Registration system for Dutch General Practitioners

Dutch General Practitioners have joined forces to improve corona statistics. They use a national registration system (ZorgDomein) to register critically ill patients and deceased people who have not been tested for corona, but who highly likely have or had a coronavirus infection. Jochen Cals, professor of Effective Diagnostics and General Practitioner is one of the initiators. Read more


 COVID-19 and the impact on (the care for) older people

The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care initiated research projects to gain insight in the incidence and course of (suspected) COVID-19 in nursing homes, the consequences of the pandemic for care staff and informal caregivers and rehabilitation of older people after coronavirus infection. Read more.

Besides, the Living Lab recently launched an initiative to find extra volunteers to care for older people in Limburg. More information

Since 11 May, 26 nursing homes in the Netherlands have begun to again allow visitors under strict conditions. The Living Lab of Ageing and Long-Term Care (AWO-ZL) and the Science Network Elderly Care Nijmegen (UKON) closely monitor how this works. The main focus is on the well-being and experiences of residents, family and employees. But also on how nursing homes implement the guidelines and the extent to which everyone adheres to these guidelines. The first findings can be found in the fact sheet. Read more.

Researchers from the DEDICATED (Desired dementia care towards end of life) project have been working on a scientific review of international literature on palliative care for people with dementia during times of COVID-19. The recommendations from the article are visualised in a Guide with Practical Recommendations for Palliative Care in People with Dementia During Times of COVID-19 at Home and in the Nursing Home. Read more.


Assessment of Corona Burden Tool (Corona Ziektelastmeter) 

The Assessment of Corona Burden Tool (Corona Ziektelastmeter), developed by Lung Foundation Netherlands and CAPHRI, helps people who were infected with the novel coronavirus to get more control over the complaints they may experience. More information


 Rehabilitation COVID-19 patients 

It is important to be able to provide appropriate support to every corona patient in order to return to an optimal level of functioning as soon as possible. In collaboration with the hospitals in the Limburg region, Adelante, Ciro, the Living Lab Rehabilitation and the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care South Limburg have joined forces to provide appropriate rehabilitation. Read more.


Effect of the coronacrisis on hospitals in the Limburg region

Dirk Ruwaard, Daan Westra and their team received a ZonMw grant of €493.413 for their research project 'Improve, adapt, overwork? Understanding and learning from hospitals' adaptations to COVID-19 and their effects on professional functioning and recovery'. They will study the COVID-19 related adaptations by 5 hospitals in the Province of Limburg and their effects on the organisations and the wellbeing of their employees. The study aims to identify and disseminate best practices that help healthcare organizations throughout the country to successfully cope with the uncertainty of the crisis’ development. Read more


Primary Care research on consequences COVID-19

Jochen Cals, Eefje de Bont and their team have been awarded a ZonMw grant (€ 374.457) for their research project ‘Primary care Research on Outcomes of COVID-19 (PRO-COVID19’. They will study which patients suspected of COVID-19 who visited the GP, have an increased risk of of being admitted to hospital. The long-term consequences of more serious COVID-19 infections (complicated respiratory tract infections) of patients who have visited the GP are also being studied.


Compelled to online pain rehabilitation by COVID-19

The Department of Rehabilitation and Adelante, location MUMC+ gather first experiences with interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation treatment by videoconferencing. For more information, please contact Vera Baadjou


Exhale Covid

In slums in India, the incidence of COVID-19 is recorded and related to indoor smoke exposure (PM2.5 and CO). For more information please contact prof. Onno van Schack.



Daily COVID-19 evidence update 

Every day, the Clinical Epidemiology & Medical Technology Assessment (KEMTA) department makes an evidence update on COVID-19. This update helps policy makers and health professionals to keep up to date with the latest knowledge. Read more


 "Your COVID-19 Risk" Tool

Helping people improve their behaviour to reduce their risk of contracting the coronavirus. That is the goal of the online tool ‘Your COVID-19 Risk’, which was launched last week. The tool was developed by an international group of 150 volunteers from 35 countries, including several CAPHRI behavioural scientists. Read more.




Memberships of relevant committees

Prof. Rik Crutzen:
- Member of Scientific Advisory Council of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) Corona Behavioural Unit
- Chair of Task Force Behavioural Sciences of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS)