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Time to get real! Using real world data to assess cost-effectiveness

Vidi grant, NWO/ZonMw, €800,000



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Judith Bosmans (1976) obtained her MSc in Medical Informatics in 1999. After a brief period as a junior researcher at ICIN, she started her PhD project in 2002. In 2006, she defended her PhD thesis “Cost-effectiveness of treatments for depression in primary care”.


Over the past 15 years, Judith has been working at the department of Health Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she now is head of the section Health Technology Assessment. 


Over the years, Judith has supervised a large number of applied cost-effectiveness studies. In the last few years, Judith has focused her research more and more on the development of new methods for cost-effectiveness studies. In 2017, she managed to obtain a Vidi grant to further develop her research group. Her Vidi project “Time to get real! Using real world data to assess cost-effectiveness” aims to develop and evaluate methods to perform cost-effectiveness studies using real world data. Judith is also extensively involved in educational activities at the Bachelor, Master and post-initial level. She considers this an essential part of her work, since teaching allows her to train future researchers and decision makers in the appropriate conduct and use of cost-effectiveness studies. In this way, knowledge generated by her research group will be disseminated outside her group, and – more importantly – dissemination of this knowledge will help to keep the Dutch healthcare system affordable.


  • cost-effectiveness

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Cost-Benefit Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Randomized Controlled Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
Costs and Cost Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Depression Medicine & Life Sciences
Primary Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Quality-Adjusted Life Years Medicine & Life Sciences
Quality of Life Medicine & Life Sciences
Dementia Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2005 2019

The (cost-) effectiveness of exergaming in people living with dementia and their informal caregivers: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Van Santen, J., Dröes, R. M., Bosmans, J. E., Blanson Henkemans, O. A., Van Bommel, S., Hakvoort, E., Valk, R., Scholten, C., Wiersinga, J., Van Straten, A. & Meiland, F., 19 Feb 2019, In : BMC Geriatrics. 19, p. 1-19 19 p., 50.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials

What does quality of life mean to older adults? A thematic synthesis

Van Leeuwen, K. M., Van Loon, M. S., Van Nes, F. A., Bosmans, J. E., De Vet, H. C. W., Ket, J. C. F., Widdershoven, G. A. M. & Ostelo, R. W. J. G., 1 Mar 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 3, e0213263.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

quality of life
Quality of Life

Association between obesity and depressive symptoms in Mexican population

Zavala, G. A., Kolovos, S., Chiarotto, A., Bosmans, J. E., Campos-Ponce, M., Rosado, J. L. & Garcia, O. P., Jun 2018, In : Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 53, 6, p. 639-646 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Abdominal Obesity
Waist Circumference

A supported self-help for recurrent depression in primary care; An economic evaluation alongside a multi-center randomised controlled trial

Biesheuvel-Leliefeld, K. E. M., Bosmans, J. E., Dijkstra-Kersten, S. M. A., Smit, F., Bockting, C. L. H., Van Schaik, D. J. F., Van Marwijk, H. W. J. & Van Der Horst, H. E., 19 Dec 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 12, p. 1-8 18 p., e0208570.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
economic analysis
quality-adjusted life year
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Primary Health Care

Beyond Treatment of Depressive Symptoms: Internet-Based Interventions, Costs, and Quality of Life in Depression

Kolovos, S., 2018, 276 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Activities 2015 2018

  • 2 PhD thesis examination

Cost-Effectiveness of Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Advances in Assessment Analysis

Judith E. Bosmans (Examiner)
13 Dec 2018

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Tailored interventions to implement quideline recommendations for patients with anxiety and depression in general practice

Judith E. Bosmans (Examiner)
19 May 2015

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination