Theo van Achterberg is professor of Nursing Science. In his research Theo van Achterberg focuses on patient care that is safe and an adequate support of self-management for patients, with special attention to the contribution of nurses and allied health professionals. A general objective is developing evidence for nurses and allied healthcare workers and promoting evidence based practice among these professionals.
Interventions aimed at improving safety or self-management of patients are often complex, consisting of several parts. The systematic development of such interventions therefore often has special emphasis in a major part of nursing and allied health sciences research. Cooperating with patients and care professionals as well as attention to a sound theoretical basis are central issues here.
Theo van Achterberg was trained as a health scientist, nurse and epidemiologist. He is a fellow and committee member of the European Academy of Nursing Science and a community leader within the International Honour Society of Nursing (STTI).