Mission and leading characteristics


CAPHRI provides high quality multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at the improvement of the individual's quality of life and the population's health through responsible innovation in public health and health care.

Leading characteristics

The underlying principles of the mission statement are expressed in the following leading characteristics:

1.    Moving towards a new understanding of health as an ability to adapt and cope in the face of physical, social and emotional problems (resilience).
        This is especially important considering the increase in chronic diseases and multi-morbidity.
2.    Moving towards a user-centred approach, in which users of care become partners in their care.
3.    Moving towards the concept of care as an integrated care chain, ranging from prevention to rehabilitation and palliative care, while considering the
        whole life course.

Concept of care as an integrated care chain

4.    Moving towards multidisciplinary co-operation with health care professionals and other stake-holders and a strong embedment in society.
5.    Moving towards the reduction of inequality in health between people of different socioeconomic backgrounds.
6.    Moving towards an improved quality and effectiveness of health care innovations through the evaluation of interventions from various perspectives:
        effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and normative consequences, while paying attention to content, process and structure.
7.    Moving towards a strong triangular interaction between research, education and health (care) practice, where social relevance is the starting point for
        high quality research and education.

Triangular interaction between research, education and care

a)   In terms of research, CAPHRI focuses on the entire research chain: from fundamental research, through translational research until applied
       research. Also in terms of the research population CAPHRI focuses on the entire spectrum: from the individual level (personalised health),
       through stratified medicine, and certain risk groups or target groups until the population level.
b)   In terms of education, CAPHRI facilitates talented Master graduates to obtain a PhD by offering high-quality supervision by committed researchers
       of CAPHRI. Also many of our CAPHRI researchers are involved in undergraduate Bachelor and Master teaching at Maastricht University.
c)    In terms of care, CAPHRI’s research focuses on the entire chain from prevention and primary care to aftercare and rehabilitation. CAPHRI
        researchers are also clinically active at our Maastricht University Medical Centre.

8.    Moving towards an academic collaborative regional approach where collaboration and knowledge exchange takes place between practitioners, policy
        makers, researchers and the education sector in several areas (for example ‘care for the elderly’, ‘rehabilitation’ and ‘public health’), ultimately leading
        to accessible, high-quality and evidence-based health care.
9.    Moving towards a strong national and international position, where CAPHRI is well connected to important key-organisations (professional
        organisations as well as funding organisations) and is able to influence agenda-setting (political as well as scientific) on the national, EU and global