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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 / m.r.de.boer@vu.nl / 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: masterhealthsciences.falw@vu.nl

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 2019

A longitudinal mixed methods study on changes in body weight, body composition, and lifestyle in breast cancer patients during chemotherapy and in a comparison group of women without cancer: Study protocol

de Kruif, J. T. C. M., Visser, M., van den Berg, M. M. G. A., Derks, M. J. M., de Boer, M. R., van Laarhoven, H. W. M., de Vries, J. H. M., de Vries, Y. C., Kampman, E., Winkels, R. W. & Westerman, M. J., 5 Jan 2019, In : BMC Cancer. 19, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., 7.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Body Weight Changes
Body Composition
Life Style
Breast Neoplasms
Drug Therapy

Benefits and harms of spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Rubinstein, S. M., De Zoete, A., Van Middelkoop, M., Assendelft, W. J. J., De Boer, M. R. & Van Tulder, M. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : BMJ (Online). 364, l689.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Musculoskeletal Manipulations
Low Back Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials

Diagnostic accuracy of depression questionnaires in adult patients with diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis

de Joode, J. W., van Dijk, S. E. M., Walburg, F. S., Bosmans, J. E., van Marwijk, H. W. J., de Boer, M. R., van Tulder, M. W. & Adriaanse, M. C., 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 6, p. e0218512

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
systematic review
Medical problems

Perceptions of Dutch health care professionals on weight gain during chemotherapy in women with breast cancer

de Kruif, J. T. C. M., Scholtens, M. B., van der Rijt, J., de Boer, M. R., van den Berg, M. M. G. A., de Vries, Y. C., Winkels, R. M., Visser, M., Kampman, E. & Westerman, M. J., Feb 2019, In : Supportive Care in Cancer. 27, 2, p. 601-607 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Weight Gain
Breast Neoplasms
Delivery of Health Care
Drug Therapy

Randomised controlled trials reflected clinical practice when comparing the course of low back pain symptoms in similar populations

Maas, E. T., van Dongen, J. M., Juch, J. N., Groeneweg, J. G., Kallewaard, J-W., de Boer, M. R., Koes, B., Verhagen, A. P., Huygen, F. J., van Tulder, M. W. & Ostelo, R. W., 16 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials
Observational Studies