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Esther Maas is Assistant Professor in Methodology and Biostatistics, at the Department of Health Sciences. Furthermore, she is a member of the program board of the Musculoskeletal Health Program of the Amsterdam Movement Sciences (AMS) Research Institute.


As an epidemiologist, specialized in Musculoskeletal Health, Health Technology Assessment and occupational health, she has extensive knowledge in studying the cost-effectiveness of a variety of treatments for people with musculoskeletal health, sometimes in an occupational setting. 


His current research, funded by: World Health Organisation, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research & Development (ZonMW), Dutch Belgium Research Institute for Chiropractic (DBRIC), VU Faculty of Science include: 

  • Longitudinal change in Physical Activity components among older adults; the use of Latent Class Growth Analyses, Latent Class Growth Mixture Models, and Sequence Analyses
  • Improving care for people with low back pain: A study of longitudinal outcome trajectories and adherence to guidelines. 
  • The effect of massage in people with chronic low back pain: A systematic review
  • Cost-effectiveness of adding motivational interviewing or a stratified vocational advice intervention to usual case management for workers with musculoskeletal disorders: The MI-NAV economic evaluation



Link to publications in Pubmed: ETMaas_Pubmed



Esther Maas received her Basic Teacher Qualification (BKO) in 2021.

  • Currently she is examinor for the courses:
    • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2 (Bachelor year 2 Health Sciences & Bachelor year 2 Health and Living)
  • She is a teacher and coordinator in the courses:
    • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1 (Bachelor year 1 Health Sciences)
    • Methodology 1 (Bachelor year 1 Health and Living)
  • She is Bachelor internship coordinator, and responsible for organising 3-month scientific internships for +- 120 third-year Bachelor Health Sciences students


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

User created Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Occupational health
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Trajectory analyses


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