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Dr Marieke Van Der Zande

Research Associate (Dental Ethnographer) Health Services Research


    Personal Statement

    I have a background in sociology and social sciences, with research interests in inequalities in the use of dental care and in the development and implementation of digital dental technologies. I currently work on an ethnographic study on inequalities in the use of oral health care, particularly among people from disadvantages areas. This study is part of an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research project on developing and testing an intervention to reduce inequalities in the use of routine dental care.

    Before joining the University of Liverpool, I completed a PhD at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam in 2017, on the ways in which digital technologies are adopted and implemented in dental practices and the changes these may bring to the dental workforce. After completing my PhD, I have worked on research projects on improving integration of oral health care and primary medical care, as well as on reducing variability in antibiotic prescribing in primary medical care. I mainly use qualitative research methods, such as ethnography and grounded theory, but also have experience in mixed methods, survey research, and systematic literature reviews.

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