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First implementation training started in Belgium

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3 tips and introducing the project leader in Belgium

Change of Language in healthcare

Positive Health: Change of Language in healthcare


The elaboration of Positive Health in the Netherlands was based on the research from Machteld Huber and her team. There is ongoing research and development of knowledge agenda about Positive Health in the Netherlands. Underneath the most relevant publications en reports from the last years (some are in Dutch) in a few categories: Making Positive Health measurable, Further development of the dialogue tools and Embedment of Positive Health in a variety of target groups. We end with a list of ongoing research and will keep you posted with updates.

Origin and basis of Positive Health

  • Huber M, Knottnerus JA, Green L, et al

    How should we define health? BMJ 2011;343 (4163):235-237

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  • Machteld A.S. Huber, Marja van Vliet, M. Giezenberg, J. André Knottnerus. 2013

    Towards a conceptual framework relating to ‘Health as the ability to adapt and to self manage’, Operationalisering gezondheidsconcept. 2013-001 VG. Louis Bolk Instituut, Driebergen

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  • Machteld Huber

    Towards a new, dynamic concept of Health. Its operationalization and use in public health and healthcare, and in evaluating the health effects of (organic) food – Proefschrift Maastricht University 2014

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  • Huber M, van Vliet M, Giezenberg M, Winkens B, Heerkens Y, Dagnelie PC, Knottnerus JA

    Towards a ‘patient-centred’ operationalisation of the new dynamic concept of health: A mixed methods study. BMJ Open 2016 Jan 12;6(1):e010091

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Measuring Positive Health

  • Van Vliet M, Doornenbal BM, Boerema S, van den Akker-van Marle EM

    Development and psychometric evaluation of a Positive Health measurement scale: a factor analysis study based on a Dutch population. BMJ Open. 2021 Feb 5;11(2): e040816

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  • Doornenbal BM, Vos RC, Van Vliet M, Kiefte-De Jong JC, van den Akker-van Marle ME

    Measuring positive health: Concurrent and factorial validity based on a representative Dutch sample. Health Soc Care Community. 2021 Nov 18. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13649. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34791738

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Effect and effectiveness of Positive Health in practice

  • Lemmen CHC, Yaron G, Gifford R, Spreeuwenberg MD

    Positive Health and the happy professional: a qualitative case study. BMC Fam Pract. 2021 Jul 24;22(1):159. doi: 10.1186/s12875-021-01509-6

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  • Philippens N, Janssen E, Verjans-Janssen S, Kremers S, Crutzen R

    HealthyLIFE, a Combined Lifestyle Intervention for Overweight and Obese Adults: A Descriptive Case Series Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Nov 12;18(22): 11861. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182211861

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  • Van Wietmarschen HA, Staps S, Meijer J, Flinterman JF, Jong MC

    The Use of the Bolk Model for Positive Health and Living Environment in the Development of an Integrated Health Promotion Approach: A Case Study in a Socioeconomically Deprived Neighborhood in The Netherlands. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Feb 21;19(4):2478. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19042478

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  • Moens IS, van Gerven LJ, Debeij SM et al

    Positive Health during the COVID-19 pandemic: a survey among community dwelling older individuals in the Netherlands. BMC Geriatrics (2022) 22:51. doi: 10.1186/s12877-021-02737-2

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Substantiation and further development of vision and method

  • De Jong-Witjes S, Kars M, van Vliet M, et al

    Development of the My Positieve Health dialogue tool for children: a qualitative study on children’s views of health. BMJ Paediatrics Open (2022), e001373, 6 (1)

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  • Dierx JAJ, Kasper HDP

    The magnitude and importance of perceived health dimensions define effective tailor-made health-promoting interventions per targeted socioeconomic group. Front. Public Health, 17 October 2022

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  • Jambroes M, Nederland T, Kaljouw M, van Vliet K, Essink-Bot ML, Ruwaard D

    Implications of health as ’the ability to adapt and self-manage’ for public health policy: a qualitative study. Eur J Public Health. 2016 Jun;26(3):412-6. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv206. Epub 2015 Dec 24

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  • Karel Y, Van Vliet M, Lugtigheid C et al

    The concept of Positive Health for students/lecturers in the Netherlands. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 57:5, 286-296

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  • Bock LA, Noben CYG, Yaron G, George ELJ, Masclee AAM, Essers BAB, Van Mook WNKA

    Positive Health dialogue tool and value-based healthcare: a qualitative exploratory study during residents’ outpatient consultations. BMJ Open. 2021 Nov 24;11(11):e052688. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-052688

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  • Schaap R, Schaafsma FG, Bosma AR, Huysmans MA, Boot CRL, Anema JR

    Improving the health of workers with a low socioeconomic position: Intervention Mapping as a useful method for adaptation of the Participatory Approach. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1)