Olga Damman

I work as a senior researcher in the field of risk communication and patient decision making. My research focuses on how to create balanced and understandable information for the public and for patients in particular. This information should help them to make informed decisions. It is increasingly expected from people that they take responsibility in making decisions about their health as well as about the types of healthcare they receive, for example in the process of Shared Decision Making. Adequate information is a key priority in such processes, or in other words, information that really helps to gain insight into medical risks and to weigh pros and cons of options.

My background lies in Social Psychology. I obtained my Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam in 2005, and my PhD degree at Tilburg University in 2010. My PhD study, conducted at NIVEL, concentrated on the question of how comparative performance information about healthcare can be made accessible and understandable for the public.

Research topics

PROMs
PROMs
Metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome
Decision aid for patients with an early stage lung cancer
Decision aid for patients with an early stage lung cancer
Keuzeondersteuning voor oudere patiënten met kanker
Keuzeondersteuning voor oudere patiënten met kanker
Compliance and maintaining healthy behaviour
Compliance and maintaining healthy behaviour
Lung cancer treatment
Lung cancer treatment
Keuzehulp ziekenhuizen bij borstkanker
Keuzehulp ziekenhuizen bij borstkanker
Prenatal screening
Prenatal screening

Publications

Authors Year Title
Damman, de Jong, Hibbard & Timmermans 2015 Making comparative performance more comprehensible: an experimental evaluation of the impact of formats on consumer understanding
Damman, van der Beek & Timmermans 2015 Employees are ambivalent about preventive health checks in the occupational setting
Damman, van der Beek & Timmermans 2014 Workers' Knowledge and Beliefs About Cardiometabolic Health Risk
Damman, de Boer, Hendriks, Meuwissen, Rademakers, Delnoij & Groenewegen 2011 Differences between family practices in the associations of patient characteristics with health care experiences
Damman, van den Hengel, van Loon & Rademakers 2010 An international comparison of web-based reporting about health care quality: content analysis
Damman, Hendriks, Rademakers, Delnoij & Groenewegen 2009 How do healthcare consumers process and evaluate comparative healthcare information? A qualitative study using cognitive interviews
Damman, Stubbe, Hendriks, Arah, Spreeuwenberg, Delnoij & Groenewegen 2009 Using multilevel modeling to assess case-mix adjusters in consumer experience surveys in health care
Damman, Hendriks & Sixma 2009 Towards more patient centred healthcare: A new Consumer Quality Index instrument to assess patients' experiences with breast care
Damman, Bogaerts, Van Dongen & Timmermans 2015 Barriers in using cardiometabolic risk information among consumers with low health literacy
Damman, De Jong, Hibbard & Timmermans 2015 Making comparative performance more comprehensible: an experimental evaluation of the impact of formats on consumer understanding
Hopmans, Damman, Porsius, Zwaan, Senan & Timmermans 2016 Treatment recommendations by clinicians in stage I non-small cell lung cancer: A study of factors that influence the likelihood of accounting for the patient’s preference
Damman, Bogaerts, van den Haak & Timmermans 2017 How lay people understand and make sense of personalized disease risk information
Hopmans, Zwaan Senan, van der Wulp, Damman, Hartemink, Smit & Timmermans 2015 Differences between pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and radiation oncologists in deciding on the treatment of stage I non-small cell lung cancer: A binary choice experiment
Hopmans, Damman, Senan, Hartemink, Smit & Timmermans 2015 A patient perspective on shared decision making in stage I non-small cell lung cancer: A mixed methods study
Hopmans, Damman, Timmermans, Haasbeek, Slotman & Senan 2014 Communicating cancer treatment information using the Web: utilizing the patient’s perspective in website development