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About Research Centre Innovations in Care

The Research Centre Innovations in Care of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences aims to be of value for education, practice and science with high quality applied research. Evidenced by the wonderful review in the autumn of 2015 by an external evaluation, the research centre has obviously succeeded here, and lecturers and (teacher-)researchers feel empowered to further increase the impact of the work in the coming years.


The mission of the research centre is: Better care and support to promote participation opportunities and health through applied research. The Research Centre Innovations in Care focuses on patients and clients who are dealing with such care and the professionals who work on improvement.

The research centre initiates and investigates innovations in and with the professional field in close cooperation with the departments providing the study programmes. The centre specifically works with future professionals in or for health care who study at Rotterdam University as well as their teachers. Their involvement improves the quality of education and encourages and teaches future professionals to look critically at practice. Applied research flourishes with questions from practice, practical cooperation (between education, research and practice) and generates practice-relevant results that are established in a substantiated and responsible manner.

The result: knowledge that works! Knowledge that is inspiring for future practitioners during their training and for active practitioners; knowledge that is relevant for testing and constructing theories; knowledge that contributes to solving problems in practice.


From the perspective of people who often deal with care: it is not just about care-related topics. It is about participating, working, living, learning, activities of daily life (such as dressing, eating or washing), sports and the like.

How do you participate, how can you cope better with health problems? How do you get (more) control over the care process and what can you do to improve your health? The research centre envisions that important gains can still be made in these areas: that professionals could be better equipped, that professionals from different sectors can make a significant contribution to improving health and care, and that knowledge about practice changes must be swiftly incorporated in the relevant programmes.

Main objectives 2016 - 2019

The Research Centre Innovations in Care wants to achieve the following objectives in the period 2016 to 2019:

  • Research at the Research Centre Innovations in Care contributes to current, socially relevant curricula, the development of students and professional development of teachers in the field of research and professional practice in relation to improving health care and promoting health and participation opportunities.
  • Research at the research centre contributes to the development and sharing of new knowledge in the field of improving care and promoting health and participation opportunities.
  • Research at the research centre contributes to the innovation of professional practice in the field of care and well-being.

The research centre will 'make a difference' with these goals in close cooperation with the programmes, science and practice.


The research centre will achieve its goals through - based on applied research - knowledge creation and knowledge circulation between education, professional practice and science.

The research centre will also primarily support the professionals involved. The centre works with citizens (whether client or patient), teachers, students and professionals from local, regional and (inter)national organisations, companies and research institutions. By working in these multidisciplinary teams, it is possible to better utilise each other's knowledge and achieve real innovations: innovations that are tested for evidence, that are applicable and implementable in practice and constitute a response to the questions of citizens and professionals.


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