Tineke Abma

Since 1 December 2019, Professor Tineke A. Abma is Executive Director of Leyden Academy of Vitality and Ageing. For over twenty-five years, she has been researching themes closely related to ageing, such as patient and citizen participation, long-term care, ethics and diversity. Taking the perspective of older individuals as a starting point and respecting and valuing the differences between people, is her personal motivation and also a key characteristic in the research and activities of the Leyden Academy.

For one day a week, Tineke remains Professor of Participation & Diversity at Amsterdam University Medical Center. She was trained as a nurse, and earned her PhD in 1996 at the institute for Healthcare Policy & Management of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 2002 to 2009, she was associate professor at Maastricht University, before she was appointed Endowed Professor Client Participation in Elderly Care in Amsterdam.

Tineke is (co-)author of several books, such as Participatory research for health and social well-being (2018), Evaluation for a Caring Society (2018), and Responsive methodology. Interactive research in practice (2006).

Tineke is member of the Supervisory Board of the ReumaNederland Foundation (since 2015) and member of the Supervisory Board and the Audit Committee Quality of Care at Cordaan (since 2013). She was born in Joure (Friesland) and currently lives in Rotterdam. Tineke is married and has three children.

Patient and citizen participation in healthcare, policy and academic research, diversity and inclusion, informal care, ethics of care, vitality and resilience, inclusive elderly care

In the media
In 2020, Tineke generated attention for the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the health and well-being of older people. She was interviewed by daily newspapers, such as De Volkskrant, May 2020, article ‘Statusverschil tussen zorgen en genezen wreekt zich nu’ (‘Hierarchy between cure and care rears its ugly head’), and invited to various prime time news shows, such as SBS6 Hart van Nederland in May 2020 on the relaxation of the visiting ban in nursing homes due to the pandemic. Several op-eds were published, for example in daily newspaper Trouw, June 2020, article ‘Niet beschuldigen maar empathie tonen’ (‘Instead of accusations, show empathy’) and in Journal Sociale Vraagstukken, June 2020, article ‘De coronacrisis als spiegel’ (‘The COVID-19 crisis as a mirror’).

Click here for an overview of Tineke’s publications in scientific journals. Here we present a selection of recent, relevant articles:

PhD theses
Tineke has guided more than thirty candidates in successfully obtaining their PhD. Please find below a selection of dissertations covering topics like vitality, participation of older people and inclusive elderly care:

  • Rosalie Metze. Independence or interdependence? A responsive evaluation of Family Group Conferencing for older adults (2016)
  • Maaike Muntinga. Together toward transition. Implementing a comprehensive care program for frail, older people in primary care (2016)
  • Miranda Snoeren. Working + Learning. A complexity approach to workplace learning within residential care for older people (2015)
  • Bienke Janssen. Resilience and old age. Community care from an insider and empowerment perspective (2014)
  • Jill Bindels. Caring for community-dwelling frail older people. A responsive evaluation (2014)
  • Fenna van Nes. Everyday activities of aging couples. Challenges in the face of declining health (2013)
  • Vivianne Baur. Participation & partnership. Developing the influence of older people in residential care homes (2012)
  • Sandra van der Dam. Ethics support in elderly care. Developments and specific needs for ethics support and an evaluation of Moral Case Deliberation in two Dutch elderly care organizations (2012)

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