Writing courses

Pro-Health Writing course English

Service for writing of a paper, article or thesis (bachelor, master, PhD)

Senior experienced author (lecturer, PhD in Psychology), offers in Rotterdam personalized and practical coaching for writing, individually or in group. Also editing service for Dutch and English texts. Charge per product or hour, depending on amount, complexity and duration of the work.

Dr. Adriaan Visser: adriaan.visser@pro-health.org; 06-22304087; www: PRO-HEALTH.ORG

Workshops & training

  1. Short course on writing English articles (lectures, exercises, example of participants); 3-4 hours; at institutes, during conferences; follow-up possible.
  2. Long course on writing English articles (lectures, exercises, good and bad examples; input of articles by the participants); 8 hours; at institutes; follow-up possible.
  3. Development and implementation of complementary medicine.
  4. Development of palliative care facilities, including in a multi-cultural setting.
  5. Measurement of satisfaction of patients and quality of care.
  6. Development, introduction and implementation of patient education and provider-patient communication


  1. Benefits of training in communication skills and interprofessional cooperation on hospitals wards.
    High quality of care depends strongly on the communication climate in and the cooperation between the several professional groups in hospitals. Results of studies show that communication skill training can raise the quality of care and the quality of life of cancer patients. Examples of such studies will presented.
  2. Palliative care in end of life situations.
    A short impression will given of the factors that influenced the development of high quality palliative, based on some examples from the Netherlands. The results of a study will be presented on a follow-up study among cancer patients in terminal stage about their emotional stage (including positive feelings), the quality of life and the quality of care.
  3. Psychosocial interventions for cancer patients.
    A lot of cancer patients suffer from anxiety, lack of social support, and existential and spiritual problems. Effective interventions are available to lower their problems and to raise their quality of life: meditation, relaxation, individual counseling an support groups. Results of Dutch studies in this field will be presented.
  4. Psychosocial problems and interventions for prostate cancer patients.
    Prostate cancer patients are a still a neglected group of cancer patients. Their problems differ from other cancer patients due to the development of the disease and the age and gender. Prostate cancer patients are less willing to participate in groups, although spouse plays a very important role in the active participation. Results of a study will be presented.
  5. The role of complementary care for incurable ill patients.
    Complementary care (not alternative medicine which intends to cure) can raise the quality of life of cancer patients and other severe ill patients. Also in the care for the elderly complementary medicine is important. Benefits will be shown of studies on massage, aromatherapy, and creative expression.