Agnes van der Heide

Agnes van der Heide

Professor and Researcher, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

April 27, 2017

Agnes van der Heide graduated as MD in 1990 and as PhD in 1994, after completing a thesis on different treatment strategies for rheumatoid arthritis at the University Medical Center Utrecht. She then decided to choose another focus and participated in a research project on end-of-life decision making practices in 1995 at Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam. Since then she has initiated, performed and supervised many research projects on different aspects of end-of-life care and decision making, at a local, regional, national and international scale. She collaborates with physicians, nurses, health scientists, psychologists, sociologists, ethicists and lawyers. She has supervised 15 PhD students who successfully completed and defended a thesis. She has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers that were published in high-ranked international scientific journals. She has participated in several advisory and policymaking committees in this field. Currently, she is principal investigator of both large scale quantitative as well as in-depth qualitative research projects about clinical, societal and legal perspectives on euthanasia and other end-of-life decisions, advance care planning, and palliative care.


Role: Panel Member
Report: Medical Assistance in Dying (December 2018)
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