The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care: A Sustainable Model for Translational Research Improving Quality of Life, Quality of Care and Quality of Work

H. Verbeek*, S. M. G. Zwakhalen, J. M. G. A. Schols, G. I. J. M. Kempen, J. P. H. Hamers

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There is a strong need in long-term care for scientific research, so older people and their families, health care professionals, policy makers, and educators can benefit from new advancements and best available evidence in every day care practice. This paper presents the model of a sustainable and successful interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists, care providers and educators in long-term care: the "Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care" by Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Its mission is to contribute with scientific research to improving i) quality of life of older people and their families; ii) quality of care and iii) quality of work of those working in long-term care. Key working mechanisms are the Linking Pins and interdisciplinary partnership using a team science approach, with great scientific and societal impact. A blueprint for the model is discussed, describing its business model and challenges in getting the model operational and sustainable are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nutrition Health & Aging
Issue number1
Early online date25 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • Home care
  • nursing homes
  • research partnership
  • knowledge infrastructure

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