Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Prof. B.M. Buurman (Bianca)

Professor Care Transitions for Elderly People

Bianca Buurman was appointed professor by special appointment of Integrated Elderly Care in 2015. She has also been professor of Acute Geriatrics at Amsterdam UMC (location AMC) since 2017. Her professorship conducts research into how primary care (GPs and district nurses), hospitals and care homes can work together in the best possible way in order to keep elderly people independent for as long as possible, avoid hospital admissions and give the elderly the best possible quality of life. The research is conducted in close collaboration with the elderly and their informal carers.

Bianca Buurman did a Bachelor’s in nursing at the AUAS, followed by a Master's in nursing science at Utrecht. In 2011, she obtained a doctorate through her research on identifying and supporting vulnerable elderly people in hospitals. She coordinated a number of major studies, amongst others into integrated GP care for vulnerable elderly people and the Integrated Care Bridge (Transmurale Zorgbrug) project, a care pathway for vulnerable elderly people that reduces mortality rates and is being implemented in 25 Dutch hospitals.

In 2013-2014, with the help of a Rubicon grant, Bianca spent a year conducting research into loss of independence amongst the elderly following admission to hospital, at Yale University in the US. In 2014, she was awarded a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct further research into the mechanisms that give rise to loss of function in the elderly.

Publications on Researchgate

PhD candidates

  • Lotte Verweij, nurse and clinical epidemiologist;
  • Patricia Jepma, nurse and health scientist;
  • Jesse Aarden, physiotherapist;
  • Margriet Pol, occupational therapist;
  • Ruth Pel, nurse/nursing scientist;
  • Lucienne Reichardt, psychologist;
  • Rosanne van Seben, health scientist;
  • Kim Verhaegh, nurse and cultural anthropologist;
  • Marthe Ribbink, physician;
  • Daisy Kolk, physiotherapist and clinical epidemiologist.

Postgraduates

  • Dr Marjon van Rijn, nurse and health scientist;
  • Dr Janet Macneil-Vroomen, university lecturer and health scientist.

Doctors

  • Jacqueline Suijker, GP;
  • Juliette Parlevliet, clinical geriatricia.