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Michiel de Boer, PhD 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Science

Department of Health Sciences, Section Methodology and Applied Statistics, Room U439
Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
t. 00 31 (0)20 5986985 / / Office days Monday, Tuesday, & Friday


I study and teach research methodology and statistics primarily in the field of Health Sciences. My main interest lies in the use and misuse of research methods in general or those specifically related to the field of epidemiology. Examples include my work (in collaboration with others) on testing for baseline differences in randomized trials and on stepped wedge designs. In the near future I am starting a project on the reasons why we use null hypothesis significance testing in science and why we haven't switched to alternatives. In my work as program director of the MSc Health Sciences I focus on creating a culture of inclusion and shared responsibility of lecturers, student, alumni and work field with the aim of improving our program and increasign satisfaction of all stakeholders.



I studied Human Movement Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands from 1993-1998 and started to work on my PhD at the VU medical Center Amsterdam in 2000. I received my PhD on 'Quality of life of visually impared eldery ' with honors in 2005.


I am Program Director of the MSc Health Sciences. For information about the program please send an e-mail to:

I am the examinator for:
Advanced Statistics (MSc Health Sciences, period 2)
Methodologie I (Health and Life (Gezondheid en Leven), period 5)
I also teach in a number of other courses in the Bachelor programs Health Sciences (Gezondheidswetenschappen), Health and Life (Gezondheid en Leven) and Biomedical Sciences (Biomedische Wetenschappen). Finally I co-teach the course Basic Epidemiology for the EpidM Master.

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Research Output 2004 2017

Client-Related Factors Associated with a "Less than Good" Experience of Midwifery Care during Childbirth in the Netherlands

Baas, C. I., Wiegers, T. A., de Cock, T. P., Erwich, J. J. H. M., Spelten, E. R., de Boer, M. R. & Hutton, E. K. Mar 2017 In : Birth-Issues in Perinatal Care. 44, 1, p. 58-67 10 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Comparison of methods for the analysis of relatively simple mediation models

Rijnhart, J. J. M., Twisk, J. W. R., Chinapaw, M. J. M., de Boer, M. R. & Heymans, M. W. 1 Sep 2017 In : Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 7, p. 130-135 6 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Early rehabilitation after lumbar disc surgery is not effective or cost-effective compared to no referral: a randomised trial and economic evaluation

Oosterhuis, T., Ostelo, R. W., van Dongen, J. M., Peul, W. C., de Boer, M. R., Bosmans, J. E., Vleggeert-Lankamp, C. L., Arts, M. P. & van Tulder, M. W. 1 Jul 2017 In : Journal of Physiotherapy. 63, 3, p. 144-153 10 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Effectiveness of an Intervention to Enhance Occupational Physicians' Guideline Adherence on Sickness Absence Duration in Workers with Common Mental Disorders: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

van Beurden, K. M., Brouwers, E. P. M., Joosen, M. C. W., de Boer, M. R., van Weeghel, J., Terluin, B. & van der Klink, J. J. L. 1 Dec 2017 In : Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 27, 4, p. 559-567 9 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle