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Programme Prevention IIResearch Programme


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Subtheme on ageing

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Summary of key aims

To ensure disease prevention and health improvement the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programme 2003-2007 was instated. With this programme ZonMw is set to:
- increase the knowledge on disease prevention,
- develop interventions and test them on effectiveness,
- improve the conditions for implementation of effectual health innovations.
The programme uses a phased and systematic approach and is shaped around four sub-programmes. These sub-programmes cover all phases from innovation to implementation in practice. They are also reciprocally connected as they categorize the process in relation to the developmental phase in which the disease prevention query is placed. The first two sub-programmes have a research make-up, the final two sub-programmes aim at producing concrete disease prevention actions.
Sub-programme 1: Innovation
Research into new disease prevention methods focused at affections and health problems where sufficient data on the causes and determinants is available.
Sub-programme 2: Effectiveness and efficiency
Research into the effectiveness and/or efficiency of new and existing preventative measures.
Sub-programme 3: Research on implementation and trial-implementation
Research into the manner of implementation or terms set for implementation of effective preventative interventions and guided trial-implementation.
Sub-programme 4: Nationwide implementation
Introducing, on a national level, changes and innovations that have proved to be effectual, efficient and implementable and that are aimed at nationwide contact with the defined target group.

The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), who commissioned the Disease Prevention Programme, have stated as a guideline that this (second) Disease Prevention Programme should focus on primary or secondary prevention of the following afflictions:
- Psychiatric conditions: anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and suicide;
- Conditions of the loco-motor system: back and neck problems, arthrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis;
- Diabetes Mellitus;
- Cardiovascular diseases: coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure;
- Cancer: lung cancer, breast cancer, large bowel cancer and colon cancer;
- Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease);
- Infectious Diseases: vaccinations, resistance, new diseases and/or threat of new diseases.
Priority groups are: the youth, low Social Economic Status-groups and migrants.

Management contact

Dr Marijke Janssens
+31 (0) 70-3495196
Postbus 93245
2509 AE
Den Haag

Admin contact

+31(0)70-349 5279
Postbox 93 245
2509 AE The Hague

Scientific contact

Drs. Lausanne Mies
+31(0)70-349 5279
Postbox 93 245
2509 AE
The Hague

Funding contact

Ir. Gerda van 't Bosch
Ministry of Health Welfare and Sport
PO Box 20350
2500 EJ The Hague

Is the project externally evaluated?


Interdisciplinary research is a strategic priority...

  • For the programme ✔
  • For the funding agency ✔
  • Nationally ✔