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Raymond Ostelo is professor of Evidence Based Physiotherapy. He is one of the program directors of the Amsterdam Movement Sciences (AMS) Research Institute and he is leading the musculoskeletal research section of the department of Health Sciences (VU University). Additionally he is visiting professor at the University of Bergen (Norway). As a clinical epidemiologist and physiotherapist he combines research and education in a range of multidisciplinary projects primarily focussing on low back pain, musculoskeletal conditions, epidemiology and measurement. He has published in high profile journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), British Medical Journal (BMJ), PAIN, Clinical Journal of Epidemiology and the Cochrane Library. He has also been involved in the development of multiple mono and multidisciplinary evidence-based clinical guidelines.

His current research work, funded through various grants, including Netherlands Organisation Scientific Research (NWO), Netherlands Organisation for Health Research & Development (ZonMw), Wetenschappelijk College Fysiotherapie/KNGF, Ned Ver Manuele Therapie, European Chiropractors’ Union and the National Health Care Institute (ZiN) include:

-       effectiveness and cost-effectiveness studies on pre-surgical interventions and post-surgical rehabilitation programs in sciatica

-       exploring the role of illness perception in musculoskeletal conditions

-       stratified care for osteoarthritis, neck pain and low back pain

-       effectiveness and cost-effectiveness studies for primary care intervention for low back pain and chronic pain conditions

-       effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of extended scope physiotherapy

-       effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of rehabilitation after trauma

-       various studies in order to improve the measurement in musculoskeletal conditions


Link to publications in Pubmed: http://bit.ly/2ke7CTr

Link to Research Gate: http://bit.ly/2Ajr86N

Link to interview (June 2017) (video in Dutch):http://bit.ly/2jGyOGk


Ancillary activities

  • VU University Medical Center | AMSTERDAM | Professor Evidence Based Physiotherapy | 2016-10-01 - present
  • Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting / Association of Dutch Bur | Beverwijk | Adviseur | 2017-12-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Education/Academic qualification

Epidemiology, Master, University Maastricht


Epidemiology, PhD, Maastricht Universiteit


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Low Back Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Randomized Controlled Trials Medicine & Life Sciences
Neck Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Sciatica Medicine & Life Sciences
Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences
Cost-Benefit Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Rehabilitation Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2020

Completeness of the description of manipulation and mobilisation techniques in randomized controlled trials in neck pain; A review using the TiDieR checklist

Pool, J., Maissan, F., de Waele, N., Wittink, H. & Ostelo, R., 1 Feb 2020, In : Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 45, 102098.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Neck Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials
Research Personnel
Clinical Trials

Illness perceptions associated with patient burden with musculoskeletal pain in outpatient physical therapy practice, a cross-sectional study

de Raaij, E. J., Ostelo, R. W. J. G., Maissan, J. F., Pool, J., Westers, P. & Wittink, H., 1 Feb 2020, In : Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 45, 102072.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Musculoskeletal Pain
Cross-Sectional Studies

Chapter 18: Patient-reported outcomes

Johnston, B., Patrick, D., Devji, T., Maxwell, L., Bingham, I., Beaton, D., Boers, M., Briel, M., Ostelo, R., Guyatt, G. & Tugwell, P., Jul 2019, Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions version 6.0 (updated July 2019). Cochrane, 2019. Cochrane

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Reproducibility of Results
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Delivery of Health Care
Patient Reported Outcome Measures

Clinimetrics: A core outcome measurement set for low back pain

Chiarotto, A. & Ostelo, R. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Physiotherapy.

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic

Open Access