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Raymond Ostelo is professor of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at the Department of Health Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam and at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, VU University Medical Centre. He also holds a position as Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Musculoskeletal Division of the George Institute for Global Health (affiliated with University of Sydney, Australia) and at the Physiotherapy Research Group of the University of Bergen, Norway.   

Raymond has a background in physiotherapy and received his Master degree in clinical epidemiology (cum laude) from Maastricht University in 1994. Since the 1997 he is studying musculoskeletal disorders, mainly focusing on effectiveness studies for primary care interventions. In addition to the scientific research in the musculoskeletal field he is involved in clinimetrical research. From 2013 to 2017 he was co-director of the Muscoloskeletal Research Program of the EMGO+ Institute. Since 2017 he is program director of the Musculoskeletal Health program of the Amsterdam Movements Sciences (AMS) research institue. Raymond has been involved in the development of various multi- and mono disciplinary evidence-based guidelines in the field of back pain.

His teaching focuses mainly research methodology for Research Master and PhD students. He is the co editor of textbook on research methodology (in Dutch).


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Ancillary activities

  • VU University Medical Center | AMSTERDAM | Professor Evidence Based Physiotherapy | 2016-10-01

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-20)

Education / Academic qualification

Epidemiology, PhD, Maastricht Universiteit


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Research Output 1999 2017

Core outcome measurement instruments for clinical trials in non-specific low back pain

Chiarotto, A., Boers, M., Deyo, R. A., Buchbinder, R., Corbin, T. P., Costa, L. O. P., Foster, N. E., Grotle, M., Koes, B. W., Kovacs, F. M., Christine Lin, C-W., Maher, C. G., Pearson, A. M., Peul, W. C., Schoene, M. L., Turk, D. C., van Tulder, M. W., Terwee, C. B. & Ostelo, R. W. 24 Nov 2017 In : Pain.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Effect of Radiofrequency Denervation on Pain Intensity Among Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: The Mint Randomized Clinical Trials

Juch, J. N. S., Maas, E. T., Ostelo, R. W. J. G., Groeneweg, J. G., Kallewaard, J-W., Koes, B. W., Verhagen, A. P., van Dongen, J. M., Huygen, F. J. P. M. & van Tulder, M. W. 4 Jul 2017 In : JAMA. 318, 1, p. 68-81 14 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Evaluation of a new Transmural Trauma Care Model (TTCM) for the rehabilitation of trauma patients: a study protocol

Wiertsema, S. H., van Dongen, J. M., Geleijn, E., Schothorst, M., Bloemers, F. W., de Groot, V. & Ostelo, R. W. J. G. 31 Jan 2017 In : BMC Health Services Research. 17

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle