Ercolie R Bossema

Ercolie R Bossema
Hogeschool Arnhem and Nijmegen | HAN · Master Advanced Nursing Practice

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April 2008 - April 2012
Utrecht University
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  • Lecturer
August 2007 - March 2008
Utrecht University
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  • PostDoc Position
April 2005 - July 2007
Leiden University Medical Centre
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (61)
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Hyperhidrosis axillaris is a frequently occurring condition that can cause serious psychosocial problems in otherwise healthy people. Treatment with the miraDry device has been developed as a permanent solution for this condition. The treatment makes use of electromagnetic radiation that leads to an increased skin temperature. The high temperature...
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Het betrekken van mantelzorgers in de zorg voor patiënten is effectief bij het voorkomen en behandelen van een delier. In het Slingeland Ziekenhuis in Doetinchem is onderzocht in welke mate en op welke onderdelen mantelzorgers betrokken willen worden.
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This study examined dimensions of crying and its relations with ocular dryness and mental well-being in patients with Sjögren's syndrome, a systemic autoimmune disease with dryness as primary symptom. Three-hundred patients with Sjögren's syndrome completed questionnaires on crying, dryness, and well-being. The crying questionnaire revealed four di...
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Objective: Fatigue is a highly prevalent and debilitating symptom in the autoimmune disease SS. Although the disease process plays a role in fatigue, psychological factors may influence fatigue and the ability to deal with its consequences. Profiles of co-occurring psychological factors may suggest potential targets for the treatment of fatigue. T...
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Abstract The shortage of sperm donors in formal settings (i.e., assisted reproduction clinics) and the availability of sperm donors in informal settings (such as through contacts on the internet) motivated us to investigate why men may prefer either a formal or an informal setting for sperm donation. Interviews with ten sperm donors and non-sperm d...
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Background Patients with Sjögren’s syndrome are hampered by dryness and fatigue, which impact on quality of life.1,2 Social support –such as the help and understanding of spouses– is assumed to have a beneficial effect on quality of life, either directly (’direct effects hypothesis’) or indirectly by reducing the negative effect of symptoms on qual...
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Background Patients with fibromyalgia often report that the weather aggravates their symptoms, but research so far did not conclusively demonstrate such a relation. Objectives To examine the association between weather conditions and daily symptoms of pain and fatigue in female patients with fibromyalgia, and to identify patient characteristics exp...
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Background Only a few decades ago, the common recommendation given to patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was to rest. Nowadays, physical activity and other means to improve well-being and functioning are encouraged, and pharmacological treatment has improved tremendously. Objectives To examine if well-being and functioning in RA patients impro...
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Background When Henrik Sjögren described Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) for the first time in 1933, patients reported that their eyes stayed dry during crying, although they knew for sure that they were able to cry with tears before [1]. In the years thereafter, Sjögren’s syndrome has been firmly established as a disease, but only few studies mentioned pr...
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Background Fatigue is a prevalent and debilitating problem in the systemic autoimmune disorder Sjögren’s syndrome. Psychosocial factors have been indicated to at least partly explain fatigue in this patient group. Insight into these factors and the relation of these factors with fatigue, will indicate the need for tailoring psychological interventi...
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Objective: During the past decades a more cautious approach with respect to prescribing medication and physical exercise progressed towards evidence-based guidelines regarding the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Nowadays, physical activity and other means to improve well-being and functioning are encouraged, and the disease is targeted ear...
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Objective Although patients with fibromyalgia often report that specific weather conditions aggravate their symptoms, empirical studies have not conclusively demonstrated such a relationship. Our aim was to examine the association between weather conditions and daily symptoms of pain and fatigue in fibromyalgia, and to identify patient characterist...
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To clarify whether increase of body weight in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) upon administration of prednisone is a side effect of prednisone or a result of better control of disease activity, we examined the association of prednisone and disease activity with a subsequent change in body mass index (BMI). In the Computer Assisted Man...
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Various reasons may guide the decision of men to become a sperm donor. Our aim was to identify a comprehensive set of possible reasons for and against sperm donation. Concept mapping. Assisted reproduction clinics. Nine sperm donors and seven non-sperm donors. Interviews to obtain statements for and against sperm donation, card-sorting tasks to cat...
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Background Fatigue is a major problem in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In some patient groups, associations between fatigue and low levels of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfate (DHEAS) have been found. Low levels of DHEA(S) may also play a role in SLE fatigue. Objectives To compare 1) serum DHEAS levels and fatigue between female p...
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The hampered ability to cry in patients with Sjögren's syndrome may affect their ways of dealing with emotions. The aim of this study was to examine differences in emotion processing and regulation between people with and without Sjögren's syndrome and correlations of emotion processing and regulation with mental well-being. In 300 patients with pr...
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Sinds ruim tien jaar bestaan er tientallen inloophuizen voor mensen met kanker en hun naasten, veelal gedragen door het werk door vrijwilligers. Echter in sommige inloophuizen wordt ook professionele begeleiding aangeboden Aan de hand van het schaarse onderzoek wordt stil gestaan bij het ontstaan van inloophuizen, hun diversiteit, het gebruik ervan...
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Fatigue is a prevalent and debilitating problem in Sjögren's syndrome. It has been suggested that physical activity and cognitions about physical activity can influence fatigue. The aim of this study was to examine fatigue and physical activity levels in patients with Sjögren's syndrome and the associations of physical activity and physical activit...
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The evaluation of work ability of patients with FM is difficult. Our aim was to investigate the characteristics of suitable work from the perspective of patients with FM. Interviews with patients yielded statements about characteristics of suitable work. Patients individually sorted these statements according to similarity. Hierarchical cluster ana...
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Cross-sectional associations suggest a mutual impact of disease activity and psychological distress in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but a prospective association has not been established. To examine concurrent and prospective associations between psychological distress and disease activity. Patients with RA (N=545, disease duration ≤1 year, age 18-83...
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Psychoeducation is an essential and promising element in the nonpharmacologic treatment of patients with a psychotic disorder. This study examined the effects of patient-directed psychoeducation on knowledge and coping. This study included 99 primary care patients with a psychotic disorder according to DSM-IV-TR criteria who completed a knowledge q...
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The aim of this study was to compare serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS) levels and clinical and laboratory parameters reflecting expression of disease between female patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) and age-matched healthy women and to examine in pSS patients the correlation of these variables with fatigue, well-being, and...
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To compare the level and change of cortisol during the day of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) with low and high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Saliva was collected in the real-life environment of 21 women with SLE, 16 women with pSS, and 30 age-matched healthy women at 9 fixed timepoints...
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Henrik Sjögren beschrijft in 1933 als eerste het syndroom van Sjögren. Hij merkte op dat patiënten aangeven dat hun ogen droog blijven bij het huilen, terwijl ze zeker weten dat zij vroeger wel konden huilen met tranen. In de jaren die volgden is er weinig geschreven over problemen met huilen bij mensen met droge ogen. Ook is dit nooit wetenschappe...
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Onderzoekers van het Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht en de Universi¬teit Utrecht hebben onlangs een wetenschappelijk artikel gepubliceerd over het stresshormoon cortisol bij patiënten met lupus erythematosus en de ziekte van Sjögren. Er werd gekeken naar de aanwezigheid van cortisol op verschillende momenten van de dag bij mensen met hoge en l...
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Fatigue is a common complaint of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to examine and compare in patients with these diseases the course of fatigue within the first hour after awakening and during the day, and to examine sleep disturbance as a pot...
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To compare health-related quality of life, emotional functioning and illness cognitions between people with and without a stoma after rectal cancer treatment about 8 years ago and to examine the relation between illness cognitions and health-related quality of life and emotional functioning. Sixty-two people who had undergone abdominoperineal resec...
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Van veel mensen met fibromyalgie wordt tegenwoordig verwacht dat ze werken. Ze worden gedeeltelijk of volledig arbeidsongeschikt verklaard. De aandoening kan echter een normale uitvoering van werk in de weg staan. De minister heeft beslist dat in dat geval passend werk gevonden moet worden. We vroegen ons af wanneer werk passend is voor mensen met...
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47% van de kankerpatienten heeft behoefte aan psychosociale begeleiding. Inloophuizen spelen een eigen rol in deze groeiende behoefte.
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The treatment tradeoff method (TTM) has been developed specifically for decision making at the level of the individual patient. The task is tailored to the clinical decision problem at hand and may therefore be more relevant to patients than methods of outcome valuation. Despite its wide use in oncology research, few methodological studies regardin...
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In this article the outcomes of three indices for the assessment of reliable change (RCIs) are compared: the null hypothesis method of Chelune, Naugle, Luders, Sedlak, and Awad (1993), the regression-based method of McSweeny, Naugle, Chelune, and Luders (1993), and a recently proposed adjustment to the latter procedure (Maassen, 2003). Simulated da...
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To elicit surgery preferences of patients who have experience with either low anterior resection (LAR) or abdominoperineal resection (APR) and its outcomes, to support decision-making in future patients with resectable rectal cancer. One hundred and twenty-two patients were interviewed. Surgery preference was assessed in two ways. In the treatment...
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Low anterior resection (LAR) may result in faecal incontinence. This study aimed to identify risk factors for long-term faecal incontinence after total mesorectal excision (TME) with or without preoperative radiotherapy (PRT). Between 1996 and 1999, patients with operable rectal cancer were randomized to TME with or without PRT. Eligible patients w...
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Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is performed to prevent stroke, but the possible restorative function of CEA on neuropsychological functioning has frequently been considered. Restorative effects might be clearer in functions mediated by the hemisphere ipsilateral to the operated side than in those of the contralateral hemisphere. The present study exa...
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In his comments on our previous article, Hinton-Bayre advocates the use of the regression based approach in most cases of determining reliable change. This article comments on Hinton-Bayre's argument, discusses cases where the regression method might not be the preferred method, and presents adjustments that make the method more generally preferabl...
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Restorative effects of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) on cognitive functioning in patients with severe atherosclerotic disease presuppose the existence of cognitive deficits prior to the intervention. Thorough examination of this premise received only minor attention. The present study assessed symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with severe unilat...
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The prophylactic effect of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) against stroke has been well established. As a consequence of the restoration of cerebral blood supply and reduced risk of stroke, cognitive functioning and perceived health may improve. Fifty-one patients with severe atherosclerotic disease of the carotid artery but without history of major s...
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Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) might improve cognitive functioning, but studies thus far have produced mixed results. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of CEA on cognitive functions in a methodologically more strict design, first by testing the presumption of preoperative cognitive impairment and second through a better control f...
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To investigate the association between perioperative microembolism and cognitive outcome 3 months after carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Prospective study. Patients were tested 1 day before and 3 months after surgery with neuropsychological tests measuring a wide range of cognitive functions. Number of microemboli was monitored with transcranial Doppl...
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Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure to remove atherosclerotic plaque from the carotid arteries. It has become a routine surgical procedure for the prevention of stroke in patients with severe occlusive disease. The main aim of this thesis was to investigate the possible beneficial function of CEA on cognitive functioning and on per...
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We evaluated hemispheric functions ipsilateral to the side of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in patients with a severe stenosis in the left or right carotid artery. Assessments took place 1 day before and 3 months after CEA. Only right-handed males were included. Nineteen patients underwent surgery of the left carotid artery and 17 of the right. Vali...
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Background: Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure to remove atherosclerotic plaque from one of the carotid arteries in patients with severe stenosis. The purpose is to prevent future cerebral ischemic attacks. Whether patients, in addition, improve in cognitive functions and quality of life (QoL) was investigated in this study. Metho...
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Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure to remove atherosclerotic plaque from the inside of one of the carotid arteries. The aim is to prevent a future cerebral ischemic attack. Besides this medical purpose, patients are expected to improve in mental functioning and have an increased quality of life (QoL). Twenty-two patients with seve...
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Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is indicatively undertaken in patients suffering from severe symptomatic or asymtomatic atherosclerotic stenosis. CEA restores blood flow to the brain, and prevents future stroke. Atherosclerotic stenosis results in a decline of attentional and memory functions, although effects from normal aging are difficult to rule o...
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In het afgelopen jaar zijn we gestart met een onderzoek naar moeheid bij mensen met het syndroom van Sjögren. We doen dit in samenwerking met Dr. Aike Kruize van het Universitair Medisch Centrum (UMC) Utrecht en Mascha Oosterbaan van de NVSP. Het Reumafonds financiert het onderzoek. In oktober waren we te gast bij de landelijke contactdag van de NV...

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