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Esther de Groot

Associate Professor


After a master in molecular biology, I became an educationalist, worked as an (e)-learning consultant, and wrote my thesis about lifelong learning of veterinary professionals. At present, I am a researcher in the learning sciences within the medical domain.

Interests and Focus

I investigate how (upcoming) medical professionals learn at the workplace and how their professional performance could be supported and enhanced. Questions about informal interprofessional collaborative learning of professionals, especially for the purpose of connecting evidence, patient values and clinical expertise (EBM), are my primary research focus. I look at learning processes that occur at boundaries:

  • between professionals from different disciplines,
  • between professionals and lay people,
  • and between researchers and clinicians.

My work helps to realise sound interventions which facilitate learning in organisations and contributes to application of (biomedical) evidence.

I have a strong methodological interest in qualitative research methods. I have experience with realist reviews, video stimulated recall interviews, social network analysis and conversation analysis.


Research groups

Research in the Continuum of Primary Care Education

Research aim

The aim is, primarily through research, to improve and support the learning of Primary Care professionals, within and outside of the UMCU, through innovative learning approaches at the workplace, in networks and communities.

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Recent publications

A novel approach for assessing bias during team-based clinical decision-making Natalie Pool, Megan Hebdon, Esther de Groot, Ryan Yee, Kathryn Herrera-Theut, Erika Yee, Larry A Allen, Ayesha Hasan, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Elizabeth Calhoun, Molly Carnes, Nancy K Sweitzer, Khadijah Breathett
Frontiers in Public Health, 2023, vol. 11
Een nieuwe predictieregel voor acuut coronair syndroom Loes Wouters, Dorien Zwart, Daphne Erkelens, Esther de Groot, Roger Damoiseaux, Frans Rutten
Huisarts en Wetenschap, 2023, vol. 66, p.20-25
A Changing Landscape for Lifelong Learning in Health Globally Sharon Mitchell, Julien-Carl Phaneuf, Silvia Matilda Astefanei, Sissel Guttormsen, Amy Wolfe, Esther de Groot, Carolin Sehlbach
Journal of CME, 2023, vol. 12, p.2154423
Displaying concerns within telephone triage conversations of callers with chest discomfort in out-of-hours primary care Michelle Spek, Tessa C van Charldorp, Vera V Vinck, Roderick P Venekamp, Frans H Rutten, Dorien LM Zwart, Esther de Groot
Patient Education and Counseling, 2023, vol. 113
Group Dynamics and Allocation of Advanced Heart Failure Therapies-Heart Transplants and Ventricular Assist Devices-By Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Group Khadijah Breathett, Ryan Yee, Natalie Pool, Megan C Thomas Hebdon, Shannon M Knapp, Kathryn Herrera-Theut, Esther de Groot, Erika Yee, Larry A Allen, Ayesha Hasan, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Elizabeth Calhoun, Molly Carnes, Nancy K Sweitzer
Journal of the American Heart Association, 2023, vol. 12
Trends in surgical techniques for the treatment of esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancer E. M. de Groot, L. Goense, B. F. Kingma, L. Haverkamp, J. P. Ruurda, R. van Hillegersberg
Diseases of the Esophagus, 2023, vol. 36