PhD shared decision-making in general practitioners' medical curriculum and
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The Academic Center for General Practice (ACHG), a clinical department
associated with the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at KU Leuven,
is looking for an enthusiastic researcher (m/f/x) for a doctoral trajectory.
The ACHG is partly responsible for the training of more than half of all
general practitioners in Flanders. The ACHG is embedded in an
(inter)national network of universities. The research activities at the ACHG
cover a wide range and can be summarized based on five core themes (mental
health, aging, cardiovascular health, infectious diseases and evidence-based
medicine) and five cross-cutting themes (health technology assessment,
implementation research, digital health, clinical epidemiology and medical
education). The expertise/infrastructure built up within these themes
provides the necessary support to optimize the impact of the activities within
the various research domains. Currently, some 20 PhD students affiliated with
the ACHG are working on their PhD. In the past five years, four to five
students have successfully defended their doctoral thesis every year. Research
at the ACHG usually takes place in intra-university, inter-university and/or
international collaborative ventures. In the last five years, 762 papers from
the ACHG were published in peer-reviewed journals.
Shared decision-making (SDM) combines people-centred communication skills
with evidence-based medicine to achieve high-quality patient care. It is a
collaborative process that allows patients and clinicians to make decisions
together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well
as patients' values, preferences, life situation, and willingness to know
about disease process and prognosis. Trustworthy guideline recommendations are
key information sources for clinicians. While there is convincing evidence for
the use of (digital) patient decision aids to support SDM, most have not
been implemented in the complexity of clinical practice. Observed levels of
patient involvement during clinical consultations suggest considerable room
The objective of this research project is to implement shared decision-making
and the use of (digital) patient decision aids in general practice in
Flanders, both in medical curriculum and daily practice.
You prepare a doctoral thesis within a multidisciplinary research group in
which you set up and carry out your own research under supervision. You will
link this research to a doctoral dissertation in biomedical sciences at KU
Leuven. To this end, you carry out your own literature and field research, in
which you collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data. You
publish scientific papers related to the research project in the context of
your PhD. You explore the field of healthcare and fulfill an ambassadorial
role on a national and international level by scientifically communicating
research results. You also transfer knowledge to practice and policy in an
You have an excellent knowledge of Dutch and English, both spoken and
You obtained a master's degree in one of the following fields: medicine,
biomedical sciences, health care management and policy, psychological and
pedagogical sciences. A master's degree in general practice is a plus.
You graduated at least with distinction.
You have a special interest in health care and/or followed a suitable
selection path in the basic training.
You have a special affinity with the domain of healthcare communication.
You have a strong motivation for scientific research (both qualitative
and quantitative). Experience in research or publications is a plus.
You can work systematically and independently, you have a sense of
initiative and you can make people enthusiastic for participation in
research, for input of expertise, for advice, ...
You are a team player who can deal well with changes that are specific to
You have strong project management skills and a great problem-solving
You have a critical attitude that you can apply in scientific research and
a strong drive to keep learning.
You have strong communication skills.
You will be appointed full-time or part-time (minimum 50%) at KU Leuven
for a period of 4 years.
We offer you a solid scientific education in the field of healthcare.
We guarantee a creative and innovative working environment in a
The start date of the project is determined in consultation.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Mieke Vermandere, tel.: +32 16
37 72 81, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job interviews will take place between 19 and 23 July 2021.
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