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Tiny Jaarsma

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Tiny Jaarsma is employed part time as a professor at Nursing Science since 2018, placed in the Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht with a position as a professor in Chronic Care/ Cardiovascular Nursing Care. She is also full professor in Nursing at Linköping University in Sweden, were she lives with her family.

Tiny Jaarsma received her bachelor education in nursing HBO-V in Groningen, the Netherlands, received her master degree in Health Sciences from the University of Maastricht in 1992, as part of a Dr Dekker fellowship of the Netherlands Heart Foundation. She studied 6 months at the UCLA in 1993 and completed her doctoral degree in 1999 at the University of Maastricht.

Her working life, she spend mostly in research and nursing. After her graduation she worked as a nurse in the University Medical Center in Groningen in the departments of internal medicine and cardiology. After her master degree, she worked as an assistant professor at the University of Maastricht. After her doctoral degree she worked as a post-doc researcher at the Netherlands Heart Foundation (from 1988-2000), and as a researcher and associate professor in the University Medical Center Groningen from 2000-2010. In 2010 she immigrated to Sweden to work at Linköping University as a full professor in Nursing. Together with professors Strömberg and Märtensson she is heading a research group (CESAR) with 25 national and international researchers in the area of cardiac care in Sweden. Her research has been published in over 400 publications ranging from short practical communications, book chapters to scientific publications in peer reviewed journals.

The last 15 years, Tiny Jaarsma has obtained more than 22 international competitive research grants from national (Netherlands and Sweden) and European funding (FP7 funding), with the largest grant held for the COACH study 3,3 mil Euro). 

Tiny her main scientific achievement is the integration of current scientific knowledge in a middle range theory: ‘the middle range theory of self-care in chronic illness’ developed with professors Anna Strömberg (LiU and Barbara Riegel (University of Pennsylvania). Related to this main achievement is the development of the European Heart Failure Self-care Behavior Scale that is currently translated in 21 languages and used in international research trials.

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

RELEASE-HF study Jorna van Eijk, Kim Luijken, Tiny Jaarsma, Johannes B Reitsma, Ewoud Schuit, Geert W J Frederix, Lineke Derks, Jeroen Schaap, Frans H Rutten, Jasper Brugts, Rudolf A de Boer, Folkert W Asselbergs, Jaap C A Trappenburg,
BMJ Open, 2024, vol. 14
Patterns in the Use of Heart Failure Telemonitoring Maaike Brons, Iris ten Klooster, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen, Tiny Jaarsma, Folkert W. Asselbergs, Marish I.F.J. Oerlemans, Stefan Koudstaal, Frans H. Rutten
JMIR Cardio, 2023, vol. 7
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
Impact analysis of heart failure across European countries Giuseppe M C Rosano, Petar Seferovic, Gianluigi Savarese, Ilaria Spoletini, Yuri Lopatin, Fin Gustafsson, Antoni Bayes-Genis, Tiny Jaarsma, Magdy Abdelhamid, Arantxa Gonzalez Miqueo, Massimo Piepoli, Carlo G Tocchetti, Arsen D Ristić, Ewa Jankowska, Brenda Moura, Loreena Hill, Gerasimos Filippatos, Marco Metra, Davor Milicic, Thomas Thum, Ovidiu Chioncel, Tuvia Ben Gal, Lars H Lund, Dimitrios Farmakis, Wilfried Mullens, Stamatis Adamopoulos, Michael Bohm, Anna Norhammar, Andreas Bollmann, Amitava Banerjee, Aldo P Maggioni, Adriaan Voors, Alain Cohen Solal, Andrew J S Coats
ESC heart failure, 2022, vol. 9, p.2767-2778
Association Between Self-care and Resilience Michelle M van Rijn, Tiny Jaarsma, Janneke M de Man-van Ginkel, Saskia W M Weldam
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2022, vol. 38, p.E70-E77