dr. M.C. Kars

dr. M.C. Kars

Associate Professor
dr. M.C. Kars
  • Julius Center, dept. General Practice & Nursing Science



Marijke Kars (1961) was trained as a pediatric intensive care nurse. She worked at the PICU of several University Children’s Hospitals, first as a nurse, later on as a staff nurse. She obtained her Master’s degree in Health Sciences (Nursing Science) at Maastricht University in 1997. Her research on ‘Parenting and palliative care in pediatric oncology’ resulted in a PhD in 2012. Currently, she works as an assistant professor at the department of Medical Humanities.

Current research projects are focused on pediatric palliative care, young adults in pediatric oncology and advance care planning in oncology.

Side Activities

Senior lecturer | Nursing Science, program in Clinical Health Sciences | University Medical Centre Utrecht

Fellowship and Awards


Research Output (94)

A grounded theory study on the dynamics of parental grief during the children's end of life

Kochen Eline M, Grootenhuis Martha A, Teunissen Saskia C C M, Boelen Paul A, Tataranno Maria-Luisa, Fahner Jurrianne C, de Jonge Roos R, Houben Michiel L, Kars Marijke C, 20 Feb 2023, In: Acta Paediatrica. 112 , p. 1101-1108 8 p.

Improvement and implementation of a national individual care plan in paediatric palliative care:A study protocol

Joren Chantal Y., Kars Marijke C., Kremer Leontien C.M., Rippen Hester, Verhagen A. A.Eduard, Aris-Meijer Judith L. 25 Jan 2023, In: BMJ paediatrics open. 7 , p. 1-6

How can advance care planning support hope in patients with advanced cancer and their families:A qualitative study as part of the international ACTION trial

Kodba-Čeh Hana, Lunder Urška, Bulli Francesco, Caswell Glenys, van Delden Johannes J M, Kars Marijke C, Korfage Ida J, Miccinesi Guido, Rietjens Judith A C, Seymour Jane, Toccafondi Alessandro, Zwakman Marieke, Pollock Kristian, 27 Sep 2022, In: European Journal of Cancer Care. 31

Development of an advance directive 'communication tool' relevant for patients with advanced cancer in six European countries:Experiences from the ACTION trial

Arnfeldt Caroline Moeller, Groenvold Mogens, Johnsen Anna Thit, Červ Branka, Deliens Luc, Dunleavy Lesley, van der Heide Agnes, Kars Marijke C., Lunder Urška, Miccinesi Guido, Pollock Kristian, Rietjens Judith A.C., Seymour Jane 28 Jul 2022, In: PLoS ONE. 17

Age-Appropriate Advance Care Planning in Children Diagnosed with a Life-Limiting Condition:A Systematic Review

Brunetta Julie, Fahner Jurrianne, Legemaat Monique, van den Bergh Esther, Krommenhoek Koen, Prinsze Kyra, Kars Marijke, Michiels Erna 3 Jun 2022, In: Children (Basel, Switzerland). 9

The BOOST paediatric advance care planning intervention for adolescents with cancer and their parents:development, acceptability and feasibility

van Driessche Anne, Gilissen Joni, De Vleminck Aline, Kars Marijke, Fahner Jurrianne, van der Werff ten Bosch Jutte, Deliens Luc, Cohen Joachim, Beernaert Kim 15 Apr 2022, In: BMC Pediatrics. 22

Development of the My Positive Health dialogue tool for children:A qualitative study on children's views of health

De Jong-Witjes Stacey, Kars Marijke C., Van Vliet Marja, Huber MacHteld, Van Der Laan Sabine E.I., Gelens Eva N., Van Der Sprenkel Emma E.Berkelbach, Nijhof Sanne L., De Jonge Maretha V., Rippen Hester, Van De Putte Elise M. 13 Apr 2022, In: BMJ paediatrics open. 6 , p. 1-10

Insight into the content of and experiences with follow-up conversations with bereaved parents in paediatrics:A systematic review

van Kempen Merel M., Kochen Eline M., Kars Marijke C. 2022, In: Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics. 111 , p. 716-732 17 p.

Parental experiences and perspectives on the value of seizure detection while caring for a child with epilepsy:A qualitative study

van Westrhenen Anouk, de Lange Wendela F M, Hagebeuk Eveline E O, Lazeron Richard H C, Thijs Roland D, Kars Marijke C 28 Sep 2021, In: Epilepsy & Behavior. 124

Advance care planning for adolescents with cancer and their parents:study protocol of the BOOST pACP multi-centre randomised controlled trial and process evaluation

van Driessche Anne, De Vleminck Aline, Gilissen Joni, Kars Marijke C, van der Werff Ten Bosch Jutte, Deliens Luc, Cohen Joachim, Beernaert Kim 1 Sep 2021, In: BMC Pediatrics. 21

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