Research

The UNC-ZH aims to develop, disseminate, and provide tools for the application of knowledge on elderly care. Our research focuses primarily on the vulnerable older persons in long-term care settings.

UNC-ZH at present has four research themes:

  • Corona studies Nursing homes
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Quality of life in dementia
  • Palliative care in dementia

Corona studies Nursing homes


Scientific research is important to learn from this corona crisis. The academic networks for elderly care have joined forces to conduct various studies in elderly care. In collaboration with nursing homes across the Netherlands, these studies provide a sound and up-to-date picture.

View an overview of the networks' corona studies here.

Geriatric Rehabilitation


Geriatric Rehabilitation care consists of integrated multidisciplinary care aimed at restoring functioning and social participation in elderly people with a low physical capacity following an acute condition or functional decline. The aim is to restore activities and participation to a level that will enable a return to the old living situation.

View the UNC-ZH studies on geriatric rehabilitation here.

Quality of life in dementia

Quality of life in elderly people with dementia depends on finding a balance between positive and negative influencing factors. Elderly people with dementia experience quality of life as well-being. 'Quality of life is an average sense of well-being over a particular period of time and in a particular environment.'

View the UNC-ZH studies on quality of life in dementia here.

Palliative care in dementia


Palliative care is multidisciplinary in nature and requires specific knowledge. The UNC-ZH wants to use research to inventory and improve palliative care for older people with dementia as well as for their families.

View the UNC-ZH studies on palliative care in dementia here.