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Dr Linda Oostendorp
6th Floor, Wing B, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
W1T 7NF
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Linda Oostendorp received her Master’s degree in Biomedical Health Sciences from the Radboudumc, the Netherlands, in 2004. Between 2004 and 2007, Linda worked as a junior researcher at a Dutch rehabilitation centre. In 2007 she returned to Radboudumc to start her PhD project at the Departments for Health Evidence and Medical Oncology.

Her PhD focused on shared decision-making in the field of advanced cancer, focusing on the treatment decision whether or not to add second-line palliative chemotherapy to best supportive care alone, for patients with advanced breast or colorectal cancer. This study included systematic reviews, a randomised controlled trial and an interview study with professionals. As part of her PhD training, Linda obtained a Master’s degree in Epidemiology in 2011.

In March 2013, she moved to the UK and started working as a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire where she was involved with a mixed methods Delphi study to develop a tool for patient engagement.

In June 2014, Linda took up the position of Research Associate at the Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care at UCL. As part of this role, Linda was involved with a qualitative study on advance care planning, a retrospective review of breakthrough pain in children with life-limiting conditions, and a mixed methods study aiming to stimulate research by improving recruitment among children with life-limiting conditions and their families, including a systematic review and a survey.

In June 2017, Linda took up her current position as Senior Research Associate, continuing her research in the field of palliative care.



Research Themes
Research Summary

Linda is a Biomedical Scientist with a PhD in Medical Sciences and a quantitative background in Epidemiology. She has experience conducting systematic reviews as well as empirical studies including quantitative research (clinical trials), qualitative research (interviews) and mixed-methods research (Delphi methodology, questionnaires) in the UK and the Netherlands. She has authored 14 peer-reviewed journal articles, including a systematic review in the Lancet Oncology and presented her work at several international conferences. She received the best Poster Award in the category Psycho-Oncology at the European Society for Medical Oncology Annual Meeting in 2012. Her primary research interests lie in health care communication, patient engagement/involvement and decision-making. She has a particular interest in the field of palliative care.

Appointments
01-SEP-2013 – 31-MAY-2014 Research Fellow Psychology, Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
01-APR-2013 – 31-AUG-2013 Visiting Researcher Psychology, Centre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
15-JAN-2007 – 15-AUG-2013 Scientific Researcher Department for Health Evidence Radboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands
01-FEB-2004 – 31-DEC-2006 Junior Researcher   Roessingh Research & Development, Netherlands
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