Kris Van den Broeck

Kris Van den Broeck
University of Antwerp | UA · Primary and interdisciplinary care

PhD in Psychology

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September 2017 - November 2017
University of Antwerp
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  • PostDoc Position
September 2016 - present
University of Antwerp
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  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Working on end of life care
March 2015 - September 2016
University of Antwerp
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  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Working on the collaboration between psychiatrists and general practitioners

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Publications (49)
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Background To address the many challenges health systems and communities face, primary care is constantly searching for new strategies to improve quality of care. One of the strategies is to focus on patients’ personal goals to direct the care process. To adopt an explicit focus on patients’ personal goals, actions at different levels are required....
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Background Belgium is one of the few countries worldwide where euthanasia on the grounds of unbearable suffering caused by a psychiatric disorder is legally possible. In April 2010 euthanasia was carried out on a 38-year-old Belgian woman with borderline personality disorder and/or autism. After a complaint by the family, three physicians were refe...
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Background: People with a severe mental illness (pSMI) often have comorbid physical health problems, resulting in a lower life expectancy compared to the global population. In Belgium, it remains unclear how to approach health disparities in pSMI in a community setting. This study explores the perspectives of both care professionals and patients o...
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Study objectives: International guidelines recommend using benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BZRA) for maximally four weeks. Nevertheless, long-term use for chronic insomnia disorder remains a common practice. This study aimed to test the effectiveness of blended care for discontinuing long-term BZRA use in general practice. Methods: A pragmatic...
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Objective: To identify strategies and interventions used to improve interprofessional collaboration and integration (IPCI) in primary care. Design: Scoping review DATA SOURCES: Specific Medical Subject Headings terms were used, and a search strategy was developed for PubMed and afterwards adapted to Medline, Eric and Web of Science. Study selec...
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Psychological well-being and support mechanisms among physicians during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic Objectives. Determining the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among physicians and mapping of the perceived sources of social support. Design. Secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional survey. Methods. From a repeated surve...
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Background Mental health problems often remain undetected and untreated. Prior research suggests that this is mainly due to a lack of need-perception and attitudinal barriers. The aim of this study is to examine unmet mental health needs using both a clinically assessed and a self-perceived approach in a Belgian province. Methods A cross-sectional...
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Background Coping with a chronic disease can be really challenging. Self-management represents a promising strategy to improve daily life experiences. The role of primary healthcare professionals cannot be underestimated in supporting self-management. Due to a shortage of theory, implementation of self-management support is hindered in primary care...
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Background: Mental health problems often remain undetected and untreated. Prior research suggests that this is mainly due to a lack of need-perception and attitudinal barriers. The aim of this study is to examine unmet mental health needs using both a normative (assessed using screening scales) and a self-perceived approach. Methods: A cross-sectio...
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Aims and objectives: Gaining insight in how people living with chronic conditions experience primary healthcare within their informal network. Background: The primary healthcare system is challenged by the increasing number of people living with chronic conditions. To strengthen chronic care management, literature and policy plans point to a person...
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Objective The study of care trajectories of psychiatric patients across hospitals was previously not possible in Belgium as each hospital stores its data autonomously, and government-related registrations do not contain a unique identifier or are incomplete. A new longitudinal database called iPSYcare (Improved Psychiatric Care and Research) was th...
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Background: Survey studies suggest that COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the population's mental well-being. Routine registration data allow a more objective way for investigating such associations, complementary to self-report measures. This study investigates the level of out of hours (OOH) consultations for psychological problems since the...
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Burnout is, besides a global, complex phenomenon, a public health issue with negative consequences on personal, organizational, social, and economic levels. This paper outlines the co-design of a novel Nature-based Burnout Coaching intervention, called NABUCO. Due to the complexity of burnout, we propose a One Health approach in healthcare, educati...
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That other pandemic: insights and suggestions for a better public mental health (care). Like Covid-19, mental health problems threaten to undermine our society and the personal well-being of many – perhaps more dormantly, but not less destructively. Many people suffer from mental health problems and high suicide rates, skyrocketing psychopharmaceut...
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To investigate the experience of psychiatrists who completed assessment procedures of euthanasia requests from adults with psychiatric conditions (APC) over the last 12 months. Between November 2018 and April 2019 a cross-sectional survey was sent to a sample of 753 psychiatrists affiliated with Belgian organisations of psychiatrists to gather deta...
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De mentale impact van de coronacrisis op jongeren werd onderschat door velen. Onderzoeksgroepen van de Universiteit van Antwerpen stellen een sterke associa-tie vast tussen depressieve symptomen en lockdowngerelateerde factoren bij Belgische studenten. Het aantal jongeren met stressgerelateerde klachten was ook beduidend hoger in vergelijking met d...
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Background The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent suppression measures have had health and social implications for billions of individuals. The aim of this paper is to investigate the risk of psychological distress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and suppression measures during the early days of the lockdown. We compared the level of psychologi...
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Background: The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and its associated measures led to high levels of mental distress in the general population. Previous research indicated that young people are especially vulnerable for a wide range of mental health problems during the pandemic, but little is known about the mechanisms. This study examined m...
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Mental well-being in cities is being challenged worldwide and a more detailed understanding of how urban environments influence mental well-being is needed. This qualitative study explores neighborhood factors and their interactions in relation to mental well-being. Individual semi-structured walking interviews were conducted with 28 adults living...
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Background: Waiting times are an important barrier to timely obtaining appropriate mental health care in Flanders, but structural data is limited. Aim: To describe the waiting time problem in Flanders and propose some causal hypotheses and possible interventions. Method: An exploration of the available waiting time data, supplemented with lite...
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Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may aggravate workplace conditions that impact healthcare workers' mental health. However, it can also place other stresses on workers outside of their work. This study determines the effect of COVID-19 on symptoms of negative and positive mental health and the workforce's experience with various...
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Mental health after COVID-19 An infection with the “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19) can have a major impact on mental health in addition to adverse physical effects. Alarming reports, quarantine measures, the social burden of the current pandemic, as well as traumatic experiences (due to acute dyspnea, with occasionally rapid and unpredictabl...
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Background An unmet mental health need exists when someone has a mental health problem but doesn’t receive formal care, or when the care received is insufficient or inadequate. Epidemiological research has identified both structural and attitudinal barriers to care which lead to unmet mental health needs, but reviewed literature has shown gaps in q...
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Background: Since its legalisation in 2002, the number of times euthanasia has been carried out in response to requests from adults with psychiatric conditions (APC) has continued to increase. However, little is known about why and how psychiatrists become engaged in the assessment of such euthanasia requests. Methods: A cross-sectional survey s...
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Background: Although the Belgian assessment pathway for legal euthanasia requires the engagement of at least one psychiatrist, little is known about psychiatrists' attitudes towards euthanasia for adults with psychiatric conditions (APC). This study aims to gauge psychiatrists' attitudes towards and readiness to engage in euthanasia assessment and...
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Background: Many people with mental health problems do not receive appropriate mental health care, resulting in a considerable level of unmet mental health needs. Epidemiological research has shown that some people are at increased risk for unmet mental health needs and has identified both structural and attitudinal barriers to mental health care....
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Background: An unmet mental health need exists when someone has a mental health problem but does not receive formal care, or when the care received is insufficient or inadequate. Epidemiological research has identified both structural and attitudinal barriers to care which lead to unmet mental health needs, but reviewed literature has shown gaps in...
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Background: An unmet mental health need exists when someone has a mental health problem but doesn’t receive formal care, or when the care received is insufficient or inadequate. Epidemiological research has identified both structural and attitudinal barriers to care which lead to unmet mental health needs, but reviewed literature has shown gaps in...
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Introduction Problematic benzodiazepine use is a global health issue. Although the adverse side effects of long-term use of benzodiazepines are well known, it remains difficult to implement interventions for discontinuation in primary care. Considering the success of blended care for the treatment of sleeping disorders and the support of substance...
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Background: Stigmatisation by health care providers of people suffering from mental health problems adds to the treatment gap of mental illnesses and discrimination of people with a mental illness in somatic care. Future physicians' effort may be key to reduce these inequalities. AIM: To inventorise the attitudes towards (different) mental illness...
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Wat wordt in ons land beschouwd als passende zorg in de laatste levensfase? Hoe komt het dat sommige mensen deze zorg niet krijgen, en hoe kan dit worden voorkomen? Het Federaal Kenniscentrum voor de Gezondheidszorg (KCE) doorzocht de Belgische publicaties en organiseerde samen met het onderzoeksteam van UAntwerpen en de UCL een grootschalig onderz...
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To describe the development, validation, and findings of a patient experience questionnaire across 7 types of residential and ambulatory mental health care services. Thirty-five items were hypothesized to cover information, participation, therapeutic relationship, personalized care, organization and collaboration, safety, patient rights, outcomes o...
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Although current guidelines recommend collaborative care for severely depressed patients, few patients get adequate treatment. In this study we aimed to identify the thresholds for interdisciplinary collaboration amongst practitioners when treating severely depressed patients. In addition, we aimed to identify specific and feasible steps that may a...
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a severe and common mental disorder. A growing body of evidence suggests that stepped and/or collaborative care treatment models have several advantages for severely depressed patients and caretakers. However, despite the availability of these treatment strategies and guidance initiatives, many depressive patients...
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a severe and common mental disorder. A growing body of evidence suggests that stepped and/or collaborative care treatment models have several advantages for severely depressed patients and caretakers. However, despite the availability of these treatment strategies and guidance initiatives, many depressive patients...
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It has been suggested that patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) use a variety of maladaptive affect-regulation strategies, including non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Another, cognitive manner considered to regulate negative affect, is overgeneral memory (OGM). OGM refers to the tendency to recall categories of events, rathe...
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Overgeneral memory (OGM), the tendency to retrieve categories of events from autobiographical memory instead of single events, is found to be a reliable predictor for future mood disturbances and post-traumatic symptom severity. Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) often report co-morbid episodes of major depressive disorder (MDD) an...
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In this chapter we discuss in detail the findings on overgeneral memory / reduced memory specificity in patients with borderline personality disorder. Additionally, we investigate to what extent these findings are consistent with the prevailing theoretical models on autobiographical memory organization. Finally, directions for further research are...
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Autobiographical memory (AM), “the aspect of memory that is concerned with the recollection of personally experienced past events” (Williams et al., 2007, p. 122), is believed to play an important role in the construction and maintenance of one’s self-concept. Compared to controls, patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and post-traumatic st...
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Background - Recent findings show that (previously) depressed and traumatized patients, compared to controls, make more frequently use of an observer perspective (as set against a field perspective) when retrieving memories. Because patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) often report mood disturbances and past traumatic experiences, it...
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Reduced memory specificity (RMS) is a robust finding in (previously) depressed patients and patients suffering from posttraumatic symptoms. It has been associated with depression severity, rumination, and - more recently - with cue content (e.g., cues referring to highly discrepant self-guides are assumed to hinder specific memory retrieval more li...
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Research on autobiographical memory has shown that clinical depression is associated with a difficulty in retrieving specific autobiographical memories in response to cue words. This study examined the relation between lack of autobiographical memory specificity and self-reported trauma in a group of depressed adults (N = 23). In addition to the Au...

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Clinicians agree on the benefits of family involvement for therapeutic purposes. I found evidence for that when dealing with schizophrenics, but not for depressed patients. Do they benefit from family involvement as well? 

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Face à l'épidémie de coronavirus, des mesures de limitation des activités et des contacts sociaux ont été prises. Il est important de comprendre comment ces mesures affectent la santé mentale de la population générale. C'est pour cela que l'UCLouvain a lancé une vaste enquête. De wereld wordt geconfronteerd met de uitbraak van het coronavirus. Om de verspreiding tegen te gaan, nemen overheden maatregelen die de contacten en activiteiten beperken. Het is belangrijk om te weten welke invloed deze maatregelen hebben op het psychologische en sociale welzijn van de bevolking. Daarom lanceert de UCLouvain een uitgebreid onderzoek om hierover meer te weten te komen. The world is facing the coronavirus epidemic. To deal with this, governments are taking steps to limit contact and activity. It is important to know how this affects the psychological and social well-being of the population. The UCLouvain is launching an extensive investigation to find out more about this.