Since August 2022 Nienke Dijkstra is an associate professor Pharmaceutical Business Administration and she has been affiliated to the research group Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology since 2015. Nienke performs applied research in the field of interprofessional collaboration in pharmaceutical care and she is a lecturer for the Bachelor programme Pharmaceutical Business Administration.
She obtained her PhD from the Utrecht University, on a thesis titled “Home care nurses’ contribution to pharmaceutical care” in June 2022.
The doctoral programme was performed within the research group Proactive Care for Older People Living at Home and the research group Innovation of Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, in collaboration with the department Nursing Science, of the University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands. The dissertation shows that interprofessional collaboration in pharmaceutical care is essential, but there is room for improvement. Collaboration between healthcare professionals would benefit from regular medication consultation, the more frequent use of modern tools for efficient communication such as smartphone apps. Also more attention for interprofessional education to medication is needed.
Nienke is an international board member of the international network Nurse and Pharmaceutical Care. In this network, Nienke collaborates with nurses, physicians, pharmacists, policy makers and teachers from various European health care organizations and academic institutions on innovation of pharmaceutical care.
Fields of expertise
- Applied research
- Pharmaceutical care
- Interprofessional collaboration
"Our goal is to design interprofessional collaboration between patients, healthcare professionals and informal caregivers in pharmaceutical care."
- Developing a competence framework for nurses in pharmaceutical care: A Delphi study
- Home Care Patients' Experiences with Home Care Nurses' Support in Medication Adherence
- Perspectives of nurses' role in interprofessional pharmaceutical care across 14 European countries A qualitative study in pharmacists, physicians and nurses