Elja Reijneveld has been working as a junior researcher within HU University of Applied Sciences’ Research group Innovation of Movement Care since 2016. Within the theme ‘Fysieke zelfredzaamheid rondom ziekenhuisopnames’ (‘Physical self-sufficiency in the context of hospitalisation’), Elja focuses on the implementation of pre-operative training for patients with oesophageal cancer (PRIOR project).
In 2018, Elja started on her PhD research within this project. She is researching factors that contribute to the recovery of patients who undergo surgery for oesophageal cancer. Elja works together with the care providers involved to determine the best approach for preparing patients for this serious surgical procedure. The new knowledge that comes out of this study will immediately be implemented in professional practice.
Elja is a certified physiotherapist and has a degree in Physiotherapy Science. From 2010 to 2017, she worked as a physiotherapist in primary care.
Fields of expertise
- Clinical research
- Inpatient physical activity across a large university city hospital: a behavioral mapping study
- Physical activity monitoring during hospital stay a validation study
- Impact of curative treatment on the physical fitness of patients with esophageal cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis