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dr. A. Lenferink (Anke)

Assistant Professor

About Me

As an Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor I am working at the section of Health Technology and Services Research, University of Twente, Enschede, where I am involved in education on quality in healthcare and in supervision of Bachelor and Master students (mainly Health Sciences) during their thesis. I also have an affiliation with the department of Pulmonary Diseases at Medisch Spectrum Twente, Enschede.

My research interest lies in the area of self-management interventions for patients with chronic diseases. Therefore, I am involved in the development of tailored self-management interventions for patients with COPD and comorbidities, and hope to continue and expand my collaboration with different (international) disciplines and institutions to contribute to further improvement of these interventions. 


Other activities

Combined with my PhD project, I was also trained as an Epidemiologist B at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Therefore, I have weekly reviewed articles on methodological issues and followed courses and conferences about epidemiology and methodology. In addition, I have reviewed multiple papers for several peer-reviewed journals.

  • Member editorial review board Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Member of The Netherlands Epidemiological Society (VVE)
  • Member of the Netherlands and European Respiratory Society (NRS & ERS)

 

Expertise

Medicine & Life Sciences
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Comorbidity
Disease Management
Heart Failure
Inhalation
Netherlands
Self-Management
Telemedicine

Research

My research interest lies in the area of self-management interventions for patients with chronic diseases. Self-management interventions and digital health technologies enhance care delivery substitution from secondary to primary care and facilitate home-based support. This is essential to manage the increased number of patients –mainly elderly- with chronic diseases. It is a challenge to tailor chronic disease self-management interventions to patients’ needs and preferences, and make them better accessible and applicable for individuals. Recently, in multidisciplinary research an e-health self-management portal for patients with COPD and comorbidities has been developed, based on paper versions of a self-management intervention (COPE-III study).

Currently, I am the clinical coordinator of a European H2020 project: REal-time data monitoring for Shared, Adaptive, Multi-domain and Personalised prediction and decision making for Long-term Pulmonary care Ecosystems (RE-SAMPLE). In this project the UT (HTSR, SCS, BSS) is collaborating with MST, RRD and hospitals in Italy and Estonia to predict exacerbations of COPD and comorbidities from real-world data monitoring and artificial intelligence, and to develop a virtual companionship program to facilitate pro-active disease management. This research would give the opportunity to contribute to further adaptation and implementation of patient-tailored chronic disease self-management interventions. 

In 2017, I completed my PhD at the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Medisch Spectrum Twente, the Netherlands and the Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. My PhD project was concerning the effectiveness of a self-management intervention in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and comorbidities: the COPE-III study. This study was performed in two hospitals in the Netherlands and three hospitals in Adelaide, Australia. I obtained a Cotutelle agreement between the University of Twente, Enschede, and the Flinders University, Adelaide, for cooperation between the Dutch and Australian research groups on the self-management of patients with COPD. In 2014 and 2016, I visited Adelaide for two four-month research periods as part of my Cotutelle agreement.


Publications

Recent
Lenferink, A., & Lee, A. (2021). Education and self-management in pulmonary rehabilitation. In ERS Educational Publications: ERS Monograph Chapter, 93: Pulmonary Rehabilitation (ERS Monograph). https://doi.org/10.1183/2312508X.10017920
Sloots, J. M., Bakker, M. , van der Palen, J., Eijsvogel, M. M., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M., Linssen, G. C. M., van Ommeren, C., Grinovero, M. , Tabak, M., Effing, T. , & Lenferink, A. (2021). Adherence to an eHealth Self-Management Intervention for Patients with Both COPD and Heart Failure: Results of a Pilot Study. International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 16, 2089-2103. https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S299598
Lenferink, A., Sloots, J. M., Ramlal, A., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M., Effing, T. , van der Palen, J. , & Drossaert, S. C. H. C. (2020). User experiences and perceived effectiveness of an eHealth self-management intervention in COPD patients with heart failure. Poster session presented at ERS International Congress 2020.
Schrijver, J. J., Hoftijzer, S., Effing, T. , Brusse-Keizer, M. G. J. , van der Palen, J., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M. , & Lenferink, A. (2020). Facilitators and barriers of adherence to exacerbation action plans in patients with COPD and comorbidities: a qualitative study. Poster session presented at ERS International Congress 2020.
Sloots, J. M. , van der Palen, J., Bakker, M., Eijsvogel, M. M., Linssen, G. C. M., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M., Ommeren, C. , Tabak, M., Effing, T. , & Lenferink, A. (2020). Real-time monitored patient adherence to an eHealth self-management intervention in patients with COPD and heart failure. Poster session presented at ERS International Congress 2020.
Effing, T. W. , & Lenferink, A. (2020). Self-management: personalized action plans for COPD exacerbations. In M. L. Moy, F. Blackstock, & L. Nici (Eds.), Enhancing Patient Engagement in Healthcare: The Art and Science (pp. 205-230). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44889-9_11
Schrijver, J., Effing, T., Brusse-Keizer, M. , Van der Palen, J., Van der Valk, P. , & Lenferink, A. (2019). COPD self-management exacerbation action plans: Predictors of adherence. European respiratory journal, 54, [PA4289]. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.congress-2019.PA4289
Bakker, M., Sloots, J., van Ommeren, C., Kleberger, A. , Tabak, M., Effing, T., Linssen, G., Grinovero, M. , van der Palen, J. , & Lenferink, A. (2019). Adherence in patients with COPD and heart failure using an eHealth self-management intervention. European respiratory journal, 54, [PA744]. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.congress-2019.PA744
Schrijver, J., Effing, T., Brusse-Keizer, M. G. J. , van der Palen, J., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M. , & Lenferink, A. (2019). Predictors of adherence to COPD self-management exacerbation action plans. Poster session presented at ERS International Congress 2019, Madrid, Spain.
Bakker, M., Sloots, J. M., Ommeren, C., Kleberger, A. , Tabak, M., Effing, T., Linssen, G. C. M., Grinovero, M. , van der Palen, J. , & Lenferink, A. (2019). Real-time monitored inhaler adherence and inhalation technique in patients with COPD and heart failure. Poster session presented at ERS International Congress 2019, Madrid, Spain.
Lenferink, A. , van der Palen, J., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M., Cafarella, P., van Veen, A., Quinn, S. , Groothuis-Oudshoorn, C. G. M., Burt, M. G., Young, M., Frith, P. A., & Effing, T. (2019). Exacerbation action plans for patients with COPD and comorbidities: a randomised controlled trial. European respiratory journal, 54(5), [1802134]. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02134-2018
Schrijver, J., Effing, T., Brusse-Keizer, M. G. J. , van der Palen, J., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M. , & Lenferink, A. (2019). COPD self-management exacerbation action plans: predictors of adherence. Poster session presented at Longdagen 2019, Ermelo, Netherlands.
Lenferink, A. , van der Palen, J., van der Valk, P., Frith, P., van Veen, A. , Oudshoorn, K., & Effing, T. (2018). Effects of individualised action plans for the self-treatment of exacerbations in COPD patients with comorbidities. Poster session presented at STZ-event 2018, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Lenferink, A. , van der Palen, J., & Effing, T. (2018). Predictors for adherence to COPD exacerbation action plans. Poster session presented at ERS International Congress 2018, Paris, France.

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Education

I am involved in education on epidemiology, methodology and quality in healthcare in different courses (Bachelor and Master Health Sciences, Technical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering):

  • Gezondheid, ziekte en preventie (onderdeel Epidemiologie) 
  • Gezondheidszorgonderzoek (onderdeel project)
  • Optimalisatie van zorg (onderdeel Kwaliteit en veiligheid)
  • Klinisch Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (onderdeel Schrijven van een onderzoeksvoorstel)
  • Bacheloropdracht Gezondheidswetenschappen
  • Quality Management in Healthcare (Master course Health Sciences)
  • Clinical Research Methods (Master course Biomedical Engineering)
  • Clinical Internship Technical Medicine

In addition, I am involved in supervision of Bachelor and Master students (mainly Health Sciences) during their thesis. 

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2020/2021

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands