Simone de Bruin (1978), MSc 2001, PhD 2009, is a senior researcher in the Department for Quality of Care and Health Economics at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM.

Simone de Bruin studied Household and Consumer Sciences at Wageningen University, and graduated with distinction in 2001.

She subsequently worked as a researcher at TNO Quality of Life in Leiden, where she participated in various projects about how to organize the application of home care technology . She further contributed to several projects focussing on the evaluation of quality improvement in health care. In 2005, she returned to Wageningen University, where she completed her PhD  research in 2009 with her PhD thesis entitled: “Sowing in the autumn season, exploring the benefits of green care farms for dementia patients”.

Simone de Bruin has worked at the RIVM Centre for Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services since 2009, mainly on projects in the area of care of the elderly and people with dementia within the Department for Quality of Care and Health Economics.  Research topics include: integrated care, early detection of problems and risks in the field of health and well-being of (vulnerable) elderly people, innovations in the care of people with dementia (for example adult day services at green care farms) and reforms in of the long-term care system.  She also contributed to the Dutch Health Care Performance Report ), a RIVM publication in which the performance of the Dutch health system is described, particularly to the chapter on long-term care.

Along with other RIVM employees, Simone de Bruin has received a Horizon 2020 grant. This is a European grant with which she will carry out research into integrated care for elderly people living at home. This cross-European project: SUSTAIN is carried out in collaboration with thirteen partners from nine countries. Associated research questions are: how can we improve existing integrated care initiatives for elderly people living at home? And how can we also make these improvements applicable to other health systems and regions in Europe?

Areas of expertise

  • Adult day services
  • Dementia 
  • Integrated care 
  • Qualitative research 
  • Long-term care 
  • Elderly people 
  • Literature reviews 
  • Early detection 
  • Green care farms 
  • Health services research