Smarter Choices for Better Health

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Erasmus University Rotterdam aims to contribute to better health worldwide by promoting smarter choices. Since health and health care are complex themes, the Erasmus Initiative ‘Smarter Choices for Better Health’ will be making a targeted investment in long-term multidisciplinary research.

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Better health through smarter choices 

Good health care is essential for a long and healthy life. A lot of progress has been made in recent decades, but many countries still face huge challenges when it comes to funding and delivering high quality health care. On average, health and life expectancy have improved, but there are big differences between and also within demographic groups. Lifestyle and preventive measures play an important role in this context.

Academics from the disciplines of health economics, behavioural economics, public health care and international health care are joining forces to make health care systems fairer and more effective with the existing financial resources. The results of this research will also be reflected in the curricula of Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus MC and Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management.

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News and stories about Smarter Choices for Better Health

We need to discuss death more often and better

A good conversation about the patient's wishes should be the basis of the right care and treatment. These are the words of Erasmus MC professor Judith Rietjens.
Professor Judith Rietjens is a guest at talkshow Studio Erasmus and is being interviewed.

"Everyone is entitled to the best treatment, no matter where you live"

Professor (ESHPM) Carin Uyl-de Groot states it is unfair that in many countries patients have to wait a long time before expensive medicine become available.
Portrait photo of professor Carin Uyl in a building at Woudestein campus.

For Prevention too: actions speak louder than words

Prevention, too, is not about words but deeds, stresses Bram Wouterse, associate professor at Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM).
Hand stops falling wooden blocks.

The importance of patient income in specialist mental health care

We investigated to what extent mental health outcomes and treatment time within Dutch specialist mental healthcare (ggz) differ between income groups.
Een stethoscoop ligt bovenop op een berg met geld.

Promoting green asparagus does not mean that everyone will eat healthy

Promoting healthier eating does not resonate with lower educated people. Tim van Meurs' research shows that they do not want anything imposed on them.
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Erasmusarts 2030: a future-ready medical program

Erasmus MC introduces Erasmusarts 2030: a medical education ready for the future and in line with a contemporary vision of education.
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My experiences at the OECD

An interview with Francisca Vargas Lopes on her experiences during her internship at the OECD.
Francisca Vargas Lopes in front of flags at the OECD

Lessons from 20 years of Generation R

Professor of paediatrics and research leader Vincent Jaddoe looks back and ahead. "The first 1,000 days in life are crucial for health," he says.

Beyond one-size-fits-all prevention: offering choice among different types of financial incentives

In this blogpost Stefan Lipman talks about his research on offering choices in health care prevention.
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