Project Consultants

Klazinga, Niek



Professor of Social Medicine
Dpt. of Social Medicine, Academic Medical Center Univ.of Amsterdam
+31 (20) 566 4707

Prof. Niek Klazinga, MD, PhD, Academic Medical Centre/University of Amsterdam, is since 1999 professor of social medicine at the University of Amsterdam and chair of the department of social medicine at the Academic Medical Centre (AMC/UvA). He holds an MD degree from the State University of Groningen (1984) and a PhD degree from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (1996; thesis on quality management of medical specialist care in The Netherlands). Between 1985 and 1999 Niek Klazinga worked at the Dutch Institute for Quality Improvement in Health Care (CBO) as (chief) scientific officer. During this period he was actively involved in quality assurance activities in hospitals and between 1989 and 1995 he was project leader of two EU funded international projects on quality assurance in European hospitals (COMAC, BIOMED I). Between 1994 and 1999 he was also a part-time associated professor at the department of Health Policy and Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (iBMG/EUR). Since then he is also programme director of the master programme on Health Services Research of NIHES (Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences). He participated as a partner in the EU project on external quality assurance strategies (ExPert) and on the quality of practice guidelines (AGREE). Niek Klazinga published widely in peer-reviewed journals on quality of care and has over the past 15 years given hundreds of lectures on quality in health care. His present research activities concentrate on public health and health services research, more specifically on the development and use of quality indicators and quality systems in health care systems. Present committee activities include the chairmanship of the committee on quality of Health Services Research and the committee on Effective Implementation of ZON/mw (Dutch Council on Research and Development) and membership of expert committees of the NIAZ (Dutch Accreditation Institute) and HKZ (Dutch Certification Institute in health Care). Niek Klazinga represents at present the Dutch government in the OECD project on quality indicators and serves as technical advisor towards WHO/EURO in a project on the development of a Hospital Performance Indicator Framework.

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