Melissa Horlait

Melissa Horlait
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Department of Health Sciences

Master in clinical psychology, Doctor in Social Health Sciences

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Introduction
Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology | PhD in Social Health Sciences | Professor within the Master of management and policy in health care (VUB). Experienced project leader, researcher and advisor in public health and health services research. Highly experienced in qualitative research methods and literature review methods. Expert in the broad topic of communication and the organisation of multidisciplinary/interprofessional collaboration in different domains of healthcare. Website research team OPIH: http://www.vub.ac.be/OPIH
Additional affiliations
February 2013 - January 2016
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (25)
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Empathy in Health is an Erasmus + funded project, which aims to design a curriculum for empathetic skill development in healthcare practitioners and home carers based on up-to-date evidence and cutting-edge technology tools. A literature review was carried out that focused on empathy in health care using VR technology. The results of the literature...
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Background: Patients with pancreatic cancer do not feel involved in the development of their treatment and care plans. In Belgium, these plans are decided on during multidisciplinary team meetings. However, limited time is spent on the discussion of the preferences of the patient during these meetings. This research project aims to develop a patie...
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Introduction Disaster management (DM) is becoming increasingly complex because of technological advancement and the multi-organization and international contexts. Effective interoperability and adequate collaboration in DM have the potential to spare the human life and to control the economic burden. For those reasons, it’s becoming important to fi...
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The growing complexity of cancer care necessitates collaboration among different professionals. This interprofessional collaboration improves cancer care delivery and outcomes. Treatment decision-making within the context of a multidisciplinaire team meeting (MDTMs) may be seen as a particular form of interprofessional collaboration. Various studie...
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Background: Patient involvement and high-quality patient-provider interactions are critical factors for quality of care in chronic inflammatory skin diseases. Also, assessing the patient's perspective contributes to optimising care delivery and patient's experience. Until today, no user-friendly tools to measure patient experiences exist within im...
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BACKGROUND Pancreatic cancer patients do not feel involved in the development of their treatment and care plans. In Belgium these plans are decided on during multidisciplinary team meetings. However, limited time is spent on the discussion of the preferences of the patient during these meetings. This research project wants to develop a Patient Repo...
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Background: Multidisciplinary teamwork has become the standard in care for oncological patients and their treatment trajectory when comprehensive, holistic, and high-quality cancer care is needed. Working together from a variety of perspectives is difficult to achieve and has well-known pitfalls, such as miscommunication and poor coordination. Ob...
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Introduction Coordinating cancer care is challenging because of its complexity. To partly encounter this complexity, multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) were implemented to evaluate diagnosis, discuss treatment options and collectively decide upon the most optimal patient care and treatment plan. In cancer trajectories, medical professionals ha...
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Introduction: Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) are considered best practice in the management and decision-making for cancer patients. The team typically consists of surgeons, medical oncologists, organ specialists, radiologists, pathologists and in some cases oncology specialist nurses and psychologists. They aim at evidence-based, collabor...
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Background: In current cancer care, multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) aim at uniting care professionals from different disciplines to decide upon the best possible treatment plan for the patients based on the available scientific evidence. In Belgium, the multidisciplinary approach is mandatory and formally regulated since 2003. Current resea...
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Background: Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) have become standard practice in oncology and gained the status of the key decision-making forum for cancer patient management. The current literature provides evidence that MDTMs are achieving their intended objectives but there are also indications to question the positive impact of MDTMs in on...
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Evidence suggests that multidisciplinary care in oncology supports has the potential to improve the quality of life of patients, their satisfaction with care and to reduce mortality. Multidisciplinary care involves a multidisciplinary team (MDT). In Belgium, the multidisciplinary team approach has become standard practice in oncology. Since the int...
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This article aims to contribute to the reflection on how financial incentives could be used within a health system to support communication in oncological settings.
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Palliative care is the active, total care for patients (and their relatives) whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment(s). Early initiated palliative care has the potential to improve the quality of life of patients and their relatives through timely identification of emerging needs and problems of physical, psychosocial and spiritual n...
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Background: Palliative care is considered an integral part of oncology and communicating this with patients is an unavoidable task for oncologists. This contribution investigated to what extent communication skills for communicating palliative care with patients are trained in the formal academic training program in medical oncology in Flanders, Be...
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Background: According to the ‘new international framework’ for palliative care, palliative care should be implemented early in the disease trajectory, preferably starting at the moment of cancer diagnosis. Especially within oncology, effective communication is a prerequisite for qualitative and comprehensive care. This type of communication require...
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Introduction: Before referring patients to a palliative care service, oncologists need to inform them about disease stage and discuss prognosis, treatment options and possible advantages of specialized palliative care (SPC). They often find this a complex and emotionally difficult task. As a result, they may refer their patients to SPC too late in...
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Background: In Belgium multidisciplinary care is mandatory in oncology. The issue of adequate communication in the stage where the patient has to be told that the cancer is incurable is not that well studied yet. Cancer care can be complex, and given the different backgrounds of the professionals involved, an enormous risk for poor coordination and...
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Background: Multidisciplinary care, as a form of an integrated team approach, holds that different types of health care professionals consider and discuss all relevant treatment options and collaboratively develop a treatment plan for each patient. In Belgium this multidisciplinary approach is mandatory in cancer care. Multidisciplinary care teams...

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Curriculum development using VR technology to enhance empathetic communication skills in future health care professionals
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Empathy is key to effective communication between patients and healthcare and has been shown to positively affect health outcomes and patient satisfaction but also improve patient safety. Communicating with patients is the most frequently used procedure by health care providers, however communications skills training in undergraduate health care programmes are variable and assessment of interpersonal competencies often not reliable or consistent. The "EmpathyInHealth" project aims in filling in the existing gap in healthcare education both in the higher education as well as in VET.