Peter E. Spronk is ICU consultant and head of the expertise centre for longterm outcomes in the critically ill of the ICU department at the University affiliated Gelre Hospitals in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. He is also a Research Associate at the department of ICU at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dr Spronk finished training in general internal medicine at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1999 and subsequent training in intensive care medicine (EDIC program) in 2001. He has been a member of the Board of European Conference of Weaning and Rehabilitation since 2015.
Dr Spronk’s research is focussed on the long term outcome trajectories of ICU patients and potentially modifiable behavioural issues during ICU stay like pain, agitation, delirium, early mobility, sound, sleep, cognitive stimulation, and end-of-life care and has extensively published on these subjects. His hospital was one of the first to organize a formal follow-up ICU outclinic in The Netherlands. Currently, Dr Spronk is working on several studies on dysphagia in the critically ill and is supervising PhD students on this subject in collaboration with the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.