Yvonne Korpershoek, MSc, RN, PhD candidate (1986) started working as a PhD candidate at the research group chronic diseases in 2014. Her PhD study focuses on the development of an mHealth intervention to enhance self-management of exacerbations in patients with COPD, with the aim to decrease the impact of exacerbations on both COPD patients and society (M-ACZiE project). This PhD study is part of the TASTE research program from the research group chronic diseases and the Nursing Science group at Utrecht University.
The mHealth intervention is being developed by following a user-centered design involving COPD patients, health care professionals and experts from design and behavorial science. The aim is to develop an application that is effective, fits with patient needs and preferences, and that will be used in current practice. So far, several studies have been performed in which self-management behaviors of COPD patients were analyzed in depth, needs of both COPD patients and their health care professionals were explored and insight into current practice was gained. Based on these studies, the idea for an application focusing on exacerbation-related self-management (Longaanval-app) emerged. With this idea, Yvonne and her colleague Jaap Trappenburg won the Ureka Mega Challenge 2017. After winning this price, the application is now being developed.
Yvonne graduated for her master’s degree in Nursing Sciene at Utrecht University in 2013. During her master thesis she already focused on self-management of COPD patients. Her motivation for further research on this topic arose from her experience as a nurse in a hospital, in which she observed that adequate self-management can be challenging for patients. Her ambition is to create substantial impact with her research on optimizing self-management support and subsequently, enhance exacerbation-related self-management of COPD patients. Furthermore, her goal is to integrate knowledge from her research into education of future professionals and, thereby, to create increased awareness on the importance of self-management in chronic care. Yvonne has been working as a teacher at the bachelor of nursing at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht since September 2016. During the period 2014-2016, she worked as a teacher at the premaster of Clinical Health Sciences at Utrecht University.
Yvonne graduated for her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht in 2010 and worked for years as a nurse and senior nurse at a hospital, of which three years at a lung department.
- September 2016 – present: Teacher University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, bachelor of nursing.
- October 2014 - present: PhD candidate University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, research group chronic diseases. TASTE research program. PhD project: M-ACZiE: Mobile action plan to enhance self-management and early detection of exacerbation in patients with COPD. Promotor: Prof. dr. M.J. Schuurmans, Universiteit Utrecht. Copromotor: Dr. J.C.A. Trappenburg.
- October 2014 - 2016: Teacher premaster Clinical Health Sciences at Utrecht University.
- 2010 - 2016: Nurse at a hospital.