PhD H. (Heleen) Westland

PhD H. (Heleen) Westland

Assistant Professor
PhD H. (Heleen) Westland
  • Julius Center, dept. General Practice & Nursing Science

Research Programs

Circulatory Health



Dr. Heleen Westland is assistant professor at the Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht. She worked as a (senior) registered nurse (2001-2008) and a clinical nurse leader (2008-2012) at the cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery department. She obtained her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Science (2009, cum laude) and Epidemiology (2018) at the Utrecht University. In 2019, she obtained her PhD at the Utrecht University focusing on self-management support by nurses of patients with a chronic condition.
She continued her scientific career as an assistant professor focusing on  understanding and optimizing patients’ self-management of their chronic condition to improve personalized support and patients’ outcomes.

Currently, dr. Westland is investigating how to optimize the support of patients with heart failure in monitoring and managing their symptoms (senior scientist Dekkerbeurs, Dutch Heart Foundation, 2023). 

Research Output (19)

Development and testing of an instrument to measure contextual factors influencing self-care decisions among adults with chronic illness

Page Shayleigh Dickson, Lee Christopher, Aryal Subhash, Freedland Kenneth, Stromberg Anna, Vellone Ercole, Westland Heleen, Wiebe Douglas J, Jaarsma Tiny, Riegel Barbara Dec 2022, In: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 20

The effectiveness of self-care interventions in chronic illness:A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Lee Christopher S., Westland Heleen, Faulkner Kenneth M., Iovino Paolo, Thompson Jessica Harman, Sexton Jessica, Farry Elizabeth, Jaarsma Tiny, Riegel Barbara 5 Jul 2022, In: International Journal of Nursing Studies. 134

Self-care management of bothersome symptoms as recommended by clinicians for patients with a chronic condition:A Delphi study

Westland Heleen, Page Shayleigh Dickson, van Rijn Michelle, Aryal Subhash, Freedland Kenneth E, Lee Christopher, Strömberg Anna, Vellone Ercole, Wiebe Douglas J, Jaarsma Tiny, Riegel Barbara 13 Jun 2022, In: Heart & lung : the journal of critical care. 56 , p. 40-49 10 p.

Operational definition of self-care interventions for adults with chronic illness

Riegel Barbara, Westland Heleen, Freedland Kenneth E, Lee Christopher S, Stromberg Anna, Vellone Ercole, Jaarsma Tiny May 2022, In: International Journal of Nursing Studies. 129

Fidelity of primary care nurses' delivery of a behavioural change intervention enhancing physical activity in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease:An observational study

Westland Heleen, Trappenburg Jaap C.A., Schuurmans Marieke J., Zonneveld Michelle H., Schröder Carin D. 23 Mar 2021, In: BMJ Open. 11 , p. 1-10

Status of theory use in self-care research

Jaarsma Tiny, Westland Heleen, Vellone Ercole, Freedland Kenneth E., Schröder Carin, Trappenburg Jaap C.A., Strömberg Anna, Riegel Barbara 2 Dec 2020, In: International journal of environmental research and public health. 17 , p. 1-13 13 p.

Effectiveness of the nurse-led Activate intervention in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease in primary care:a cluster-randomised controlled trial

Westland Heleen, Schuurmans Marieke J, Bos-Touwen Irene D, de Bruin-van Leersum Marjolein A, Monninkhof Evelyn M, Schröder Carin D, de Vette Daphne A, Trappenburg Jaap Ca 2020, In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 19 , p. 721-731 11 p.

Characteristics of self-care interventions for patients with a chronic condition:A scoping review

Riegel Barbara, Westland Heleen, Iovino Paolo, Barelds Ingrid, Bruins Slot Joyce, Stawnychy Michael A, Osokpo Onome, Tarbi Elise, Trappenburg Jaap C A, Vellone Ercole, Strömberg Anna, Jaarsma Tiny 2020, In: International Journal of Nursing Studies. 116 , p. 1-10

Patients' experiences with a behaviour change intervention to enhance physical activity in primary care:A mixed methods study

Westland Heleen, Sluiter Jill, Te Dorsthorst Sophie, Schröder Carin D, Trappenburg Jaap C A, Vervoort Sigrid C J M, Schuurmans Marieke J 1 Feb 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14

Self-management support by primary care nurses:Between promise and practice

Westland Helena 17 Jan 2019, 273 p.

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