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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
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Cost-Benefit Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Back Pain Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

Cost-effectiveness of combination therapy (Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment and Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections) among patients with an indication for a Lumbar Herniated Disc surgery: Protocol of a randomized controlled trial

Mutubuki, E. N., van Helvoirt, H., van Dongen, J. M., Vleggeert-Lankamp, C. L. A., Huygen, F. J. P. M., van Tulder, M. W., Klopper-Kes, H. A. H. J. & Ostelo, R. W. J. G., 9 Jul 2019, In : Physiotherapy Research International. p. e1796

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Epidural Injections
Intervertebral Disc Displacement
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials

Gadolinium Enhancement Is Not Associated With Disc Inflammation in Patients With Sciatica

Djuric, N., Yang, X., Barzouhi, A. E., Ostelo, R. W. J. G., Duinen, S. G. V., Nijeholt, G. J. L. À., van der Kallen, B. F. W., Peul, W. C. & Vleggeert-Lankamp, C. L. A., 15 Jun 2019, In : Spine. 44, 12, p. E742-E748

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Intervertebral Disc Displacement

Inflammatory biomarkers in patients with sciatica: A systematic review

Jungen, M. J., Ter Meulen, B. C., Van Osch, T., Weinstein, H. C. & Ostelo, R. W. J. G., 9 Apr 2019, In : BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 20, 1, 156.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Pain Measurement
C-Reactive Protein
Observational Studies

Interrater agreement and reliability of clinical tests for assessment of patients with shoulder pain in primary care

Apeldoorn, A. T., Den Arend, M. C., Schuitemaker, R., Egmond, D., Hekman, K., Van Der Ploeg, T., Kamper, S. J., Van Tulder, M. W. & Ostelo, R. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Shoulder Pain
Primary Health Care
Physical Therapists

Psychometric properties of the Dutch-Flemish Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System Pain Behavior item bank in patients with musculoskeletal complaints

Schuller, W., Terwee, C. B., Klausch, T., Roorda, L. D., Rohrich, D. C., Ostelo, R. W., Terluin, B. & de Vet, H. C. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Pain.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Information Systems
Statistical Factor Analysis
Primary Health Care