Ensure a healthy lifestyle in an innovative way

A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone. How can we properly embed health in daily life? It requires innovative ideas. Will you join us?

With multidisciplinary collaboration, students from different angles work together with the patient to see what patients need to work on a healthier lifestyle, contributing to Positive Health.

A healthy lifestyle contributes to both mental and physical well-being and can even help prevent diseases. Positive Health offers a new health approach with a broader view of health that emphasises strengthening, self-direction and resilience. MST wants to implement this positive health approach. Positive Health includes the breadth of human well-being, divided into six dimensions of positive health.

These six dimensions could be operationalised in a spiderweb- diagram, which can be used as a conversation tool by different health professionals to explore in which dimension(s) patients want to change. It’s about what matters to patients themselves to change. It is important to gain support from all parties (micro, macro and meso level) for Positive Health. That is why it is important that various healthcare professionals discuss with patients how they want to embed Positive Health in daily practice. Students can discuss this with professionals and patients.

Students choose one of the ‘found dimensions’ and specify questions from patients in consultation with the patient and the disciplines involved. Then they develop a suitable innovative form of support / solution in short cycles and conduct a first practical test. For example an app or game to stimulate exercise.

The research will focus on rheumatology patients and patients newly diagnosed with heart failure or cardiac rehabilitation patients. Both groups are treated in the outpatient clinic.

Because the needs of patients lie within different pillars of health, it is important to organise this assignment in an interdisciplinary way (community learning). The assignment can be looked at from the perspective of movement, patient and customer service, game development or IT innovation, (internal) communication, etc. The students can learn a lot from each other’s expertise and “the voice” of the patient and also the use of ICT.

Cluster: Keep on moving

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):