Nienke Dijkstra is a registered nurse and health scientist. She has been working as a PhD candidate in the Research group Proactive care for elderly people living at home since 2015. Nienke’s PhD research is part of the line of research ‘Preventie van functieverlies als gevolg van veroudering & chronische condities’ (‘Prevention of loss of function as a result of ageing & chronic conditions’). It focuses on the prevention of medication-related issues in primary care.

The doctoral study examines the impact of medication-related problems among patients receiving home care, medication self-management by senior citizens living at home and collaboration between district nurses and pharmacists after a patient has been admitted to hospital. In addition, Nienke is researching the quality of medication evaluations in primary care and which competences are required for nurses working in pharmaceutical care.

Nienke is combining her PhD programme with the role of hbo lecturer at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and district nurse at Axion Continu. Nienke is a member of the European Academy of Nursing Science, of the Sigma Theta Tau International’s Rho Chi Chapter at Large and of the NUrsing PHArmaceutical Care network (NUPHAC).

Fields of expertise

  • Medication safety
  • Prevention
  • Eldercare



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Nienke Dijkstra

Nienke Dijkstra

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Proactive care for elderly people living at home