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Heleen Westland

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Heleen Westland is assistant professor at the Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht. She worked as a (senior) registered nurse (2001-2008) and a clinical nurse leader (2008-2012) at the cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery department. She obtained her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Science (2009, cum laude) and Epidemiology (2018) at the Utrecht University. In 2019, she obtained her PhD at the Utrecht University focusing on self-management support by nurses of patients with a chronic condition.
She continued her scientific career as an assistant professor focusing on  understanding and optimizing patients’ self-management of their chronic condition to improve personalized support and patients’ outcomes.

Currently, dr. Westland is investigating how to optimize the support of patients with heart failure in monitoring and managing their symptoms (senior scientist Dekkerbeurs, Dutch Heart Foundation, 2023). 

Research groups

Nursing Science in Cardiovascular Disease

Research aim

We aim to reduce the impact of cardiac disease on the lives of patients, their caregivers and on society. We focus on increasing the ability of patients to maintain their self-care, to monitor their symptoms and take appropriate action.

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Recent publications

Factors That Influence the Use of eHealth in Home Care Elke Mathijssen, Wendela de Lange, Nienke Bleijenberg, Thijs van Houwelingen, Tiny Jaarsma, Jaap Trappenburg, Heleen Westland
Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2023, vol. 25
Patterns of self-care decision-making and associated factors Christopher S Lee, Kenneth E Freedland, Tiny Jaarsma, Anna Strömberg, Ercole Vellone, Shayleigh Dickson Page, Heleen Westland, Sara Pettersson, Michelle van Rijn, Subhash Aryal, Andrew Belfiglio, Douglas Wiebe, Barbara Riegel
International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2023, vol. 150
Development and testing of an instrument to measure contextual factors influencing self-care decisions among adults with chronic illness Shayleigh Dickson Page, Christopher Lee, Subhash Aryal, Kenneth Freedland, Anna Stromberg, Ercole Vellone, Heleen Westland, Douglas J Wiebe, Tiny Jaarsma, Barbara Riegel
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 2022, vol. 20
Self-care management of bothersome symptoms as recommended by clinicians for patients with a chronic condition Heleen Westland, Shayleigh Dickson Page, Michelle van Rijn, Subhash Aryal, Kenneth E Freedland, Christopher Lee, Anna Strömberg, Ercole Vellone, Douglas J Wiebe, Tiny Jaarsma, Barbara Riegel
Heart & lung : the journal of critical care, 2022, vol. 56, p.40-49
Operational definition of self-care interventions for adults with chronic illness Barbara Riegel, Heleen Westland, Kenneth E Freedland, Christopher S Lee, Anna Stromberg, Ercole Vellone, Tiny Jaarsma
International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2022, vol. 129
The effectiveness of self-care interventions in chronic illness Christopher S. Lee, Heleen Westland, Kenneth M. Faulkner, Paolo Iovino, Jessica Harman Thompson, Jessica Sexton, Elizabeth Farry, Tiny Jaarsma, Barbara Riegel
International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2022, vol. 134

External positions

Editorial Board, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing