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Innovating in healthcare: perspective from a dual role
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  • Anne Stiggelbout, Marleen Kunneman, Arwen Pieterse, Dirk Snelders, Marijke Melles, Ena Voûte, Judith Rietjens, Ida Korfage, Jasper Brands and Mario de Zeeuw
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    In Memoriam Ingeborg Griffioen
    • Anne Stiggelbout, - Medical Decision Making, Leiden University Medical Center
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      • Dirk Snelders, -
      • Marijke Melles, -
      • Ena Voûte, -
      • Judith Rietjens, -
      • Ida Korfage, -
      • Jasper Brands, -
      • Mario de Zeeuw, -

    To our great sadness on Wednesday, April 13th 2022, Ingeborg Griffioen, author of “Innovating in healthcare: perspective from a dual role” passed away, at the age of 50. She departed with acceptance of the inevitable and in connection to those she loved and who loved her.

    Ingeborg was founder and owner of Panton design studio, specialized in healthcare. In 2016 she started a PhD research on the use of service design to support shared decision making. Less than one year later, her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Ingeborg incorporated their experiences with his care trajectory in her research, which led to the development of MetroMapping, a method to support shared decision making ( During this development process, Ingeborg herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.

    It was one of Ingeborg’s dreams that MetroMapping be further developed and implemented at a large scale. Even during her chemotherapy she contributed to the 4D PICTURE project proposal, which focuses on adapting, evaluating and implementing MetroMapping in hospitals throughout Europe. Early 2022, we received the news that Ingeborg’s dream will come true, as 4D PICTURE was selected for funding by Horizon Europe. Ingeborg wrote a beautiful testimonial for 4D PICTURE:

    “As a designer I have worked for 25 years in healthcare settings and as a researcher I studied treatment decision-making. I know the importance of...

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