Katrien obtained her Master's degree in Nursing Sciences at the VUB in 2007. She worked at the Federation Palliative Care Flanders as a staff member. After this she worked for 3.5 years at Odisee as a lecturer and a scientist. She was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship at King's College London for which she moved to London for 3 years. After this she got the opportunity to do research in another European project at the KU Leuven. Sub sequential she started working as a scientist at the Cancer Centre based at Sciensano. Since 3 August 2015 Katrien has been working for the Cancer Centre where she is responsible for the evaluation of the implementation of the former Cancer Plan with a focus on palliative care and psychosocial care related activities. The detection of needs within these domains is also an important part of her job. The necessity of her current doctoral research project is related to the need to investigate and promote person-centred care provision in the context of 'oncology', where many evolutions are taking place but whereby the study of the acceptability of e.g. new care initiatives as expressed by patients is of paramount importance.
The research project that she is currently conducting at the Cancer Centre, for which she is receiving academic support and supervision of OPIH, includes the development and validation of a Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) to measure the experiences of the care process of pancreatic cancer patients. The PREM results will be tested in terms of their possible usage during Multidisciplinary Oncology Consults (MOCs).