‘Sexual dysfunction? If I don’t accidentally get pregnant and don’t have an STD, everything’s just fine’, many young people seem to think. Women not reaching orgasm, men ejaculating prematurely – either young people do not see these as problems, or the threshold for seeking help is too high. Yet, 27% of male and 43% of female 15- to 24-year-olds suffer from at least one sexual dysfunction. PhD candidate Andrea Grauvogl studied the extent of young people’s knowledge of these issues and developed a brief, anonymous counselling course. She also examined the relationship between sexual functioning and disgust. Here she discusses her dissertation, ‘Let’s talk about sex!’


PhD dissertation Jonne van der Zwet

 


Today, medical students spend a substantive amount of their time in clinical learning environments, where they are known as med students, apprentices, interns, or clerks. In such a way, they can develop into doctors of medicine. However,the extent to which these settings  offer them learning experiences varies widely. This PhD dissertation explains by two different clerkships how both the learning process and supervision of students are embedded in social interaction.

 


Cystic Fibrosis (CF) can be detected in the Netherlands by taking a neonatal heel prick several days after birth. Paediatrician Annette Vernooij-Van Langen (37) conducted doctoral research on the benefits, consequences and cost-effectiveness of two new CF screening methods. The results of her research changed how neonatal heel pricks are performed in the Netherlands. Since 1 May 2011, all newborns are screened for CF. 

Working on activation (video)

In Society
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:10

In today’s welfare state, labour participation is viewed as the ideal tool for gauging a person’s social participation and a way to promote individual and social prosperity. This, however, has proven extremely difficult to implement in practice, particularly for people with disabilities. This dissertation reveals how the specific design of activation in vocational rehabilitation programmes unintentionally achieves opposite results. It also reveals how professionals are hampered in supporting the most vulnerable individuals due to the framework within which they operate. At the same time, this analysis demonstrates how (professional) creativity and more discretionary space can reverse processes of exclusion. These analyses are based on stories about disabilities, vocational rehabilitation and (labour) participation told by clients and professionals.


Our bladder is not only controlled by signals from our brain – it also has its own regulatory mechanism. On 22 November, Sajjad Rahnama’i (34), a medical doctor from Iran, will defend his PhD research on overactive bladder syndrome (OAB). The Maastricht University (UM) researcher was the first in the world to identify prostaglandin E receptors in the bladder wall that can help in the treatment of OAB.

PhD dissertation Tetiana Stepurko 

Gifts, tips and bribes to health care providers are common in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe. This thesis studies these informal patient payments in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. It appears that “gifts and bribes” continue to exist in these countries despite reforms of the health care sector.  The extent of the payment differs: they are more widespread in Romania and Ukraine than in Bulgaria and Poland.

Our world in words (video)

In Society
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:36
PHD dissertation Stephan Ludwig

Since there is increasing online text–based conversations and people are increasingly influenced by these, it is needed that these are taken into consideration. Especially within business, it would be extremely useful to incorporate and manage customers’ online conversations since these might influence for example the sale of a certain product.

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