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Dr. Deirdre Beneken genaamd Kolmer is professor Informal Care at The Hague University of Applied Sciences ( and PhD supervisor at Tranzo, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University. During the past decade, she studied the field of family care in the context of research, education and everyday practice. In 2001, she started a pilot study on the support, recognition and general well-being of family-caregivers, resulting in her dissertation ''Familycare and care responsibility: the art of meeting each other" and her subsequent doctorate in 2007. With this work, she introduced a relational approach to health care.

Across The Netherlands, Beneken gives lectures and presentations to different audiences and in various fields of expertise, such as: GP and hospital care, palliative networks, clinical geriatrics, neurology, members of the Boards of Health, the elderly and youth and well-being.She is also connected to the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen and the HigherVocationalColleges of Rotterdam as a visiting lecturer.

In the 1990s, Beneken worked in child and youth psychiatry in Holland and in rehabilitation centers in India. As an educationist, she has specialized in educational philosophy. Her recent publications include: "Mantelzorg: wikken en wegen. Op weg naar een Care Justitia" and "Social work in the meeting of two cultures" (Eburon publishers). Palliative care, parentification, demand-driven methods of working, foundational analysis, attachment theory and the field of ER (emotion regulation) are her core themes.


External positions

(Hogeschool van Den Haag)

1 Jun 201131 May 2015


  • Systems Theory
  • Ethics Of Care
  • Volunteer Aid
  • Health Care Policy
  • Political Philosophy / Political Ethics
  • Theories Of Care
  • Philosophy Of Social Sciences And Humanities
  • Family Relationships

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Research Output 2002 2019

Views and attitudes towards evidence-based practice in a Dutch social work organization

van der Zwet, R. J. M., Beneken genaamd Kolmer, D. M., Schalk, R. & Van Regenmortel, T., 2019, In : Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

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work organization
social worker
qualitative method

Implementing evidence-based practice in social work: A shared responsibility

van der Zwet, R. J. M., 2018, Enschede: Ipskamp. 172 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access
Evidence-based Practice
Shared Responsibility
Social Work
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Exploring MSW students’ and social workers’ orientation toward the evidence-based practice process

Van Der Zwet, R. J. M., Weling, J., Beneken Genaamd Kolmer, D. M. & Schalk, R., 2017, In : Social Work Education . 36, 1, p. 712-722

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
social worker
social work

Social workers’ orientation toward the evidence-based practice process: A Dutch survey

van der Zwet, R. J. M., Beneken Genaamd Kolmer, D. M. & Schalk, R., 2016, In : Research on Social Work Practice. 26, 6, p. 712-722

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
social worker
Process Assessment (Health Care)
Surveys and Questionnaires
online survey

The nursing role during end-of-life care in the intensive care unit related to the interaction between patient, family and professional: An integrative review

Noome, M., Beneken genaamd Kolmer, D. M., van Leeuwen, E., Dijkstra, B. M. & Vloet, L., 2016, In : Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. 30, 4, p. 645–661

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Intensive Care Units
Theoretical Models

Activities 2011 2011

  • 1 Invited talk

Mantelzorg: wikken en wegen

D.M. Beneken Gnd Kolmer (Speaker)
1 Jun 2011

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific