Gert Olthuis, PhD, UHD

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Associate professor

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Gert Olthuis graduated in cultural psychology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, with an additional study in philosophy and ethics at the universities of Nijmegen and Tilburg. His main activities at IQ healthcare focus on education and he is closely involved in the development of a new bachelor curriculum for medicine and biomedical sciences [link:]. He also teaches interns, general practitioners and trainee geriatricians. Gert Olthuis is a member of the Research Ethics Committee of the Radboud University Medical Center, a senior lecturer at the postgraduate training Ethics in Healthcare (Dutch) and together with Jelle van Gurp he coordinates the international course Suffering, Death and Palliative Care [link:]. Moreover, he is editor-in-chief of Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek [Journal for Healthcare and Ethics] (Twitter: @TGE_GO) and he writes columns on the subject of ethics for TVZ, tijdschrift voor verpleegkundig experts [Journal for Nursing Experts].

In 2007 Olthuis received his PhD at the Radboud University for his study into the moral attitudes of professionals in palliative care practice (link: Prior to working at IQ healthcare, Olthuis worked at the Centre for Ethics and Health in The Hague and he was affiliated as a postgraduate researcher at Tilburg University.

Fields of expertise: medical ethics, ethics of care, (bio)medical education, qualitative research, end-of-life care, ethical aspects of person-centred care.

Some major publications:

  • Olthuis G, Leget C, Grypdonck M. Why shared decision making is not good enough. Lessons from patients. Journal of Medical Ethics 2014; 40(7): 493-495.
  • Olthuis G, Prins C, Smits MJ, et al. Matters of concern. A qualitative study of patient experiences in emergency care. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2014; 63(3): 311-319.e2.
  • Olthuis G. Hoe gezamenlijke besluitvorming zich ontwikkelde en wat daarbij wringt. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg & Ethiek 2015; 25(1): 8-13.
  • Meide H van der, Olthuis G, Leget C. Why frailty needs vulnerability. A care ethical perspective on hospital care for older patients. Nursing Ethics 2015; 22(8): 860-869.
  • Olthuis G, Kohlen H, Heier J. (eds.). Moral boundaries redrawn. The significance of Joan Tronto‚Äôs argument for political theory, professional ethics and care practice. Leuven: Peeters Publishers, 2014.