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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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Research Output 1999 2019

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

Reply to Hancock and Kent. Clinical important differences: a step toward a more intervention-specific approach

Christiansen, D. H., Andersen, N. B. D. V., Poulsen, P. H. & Ostelo, R. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 105, p. 147-148 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalLetterAcademicpeer-review

What does quality of life mean to older adults? A thematic synthesis

Van Leeuwen, K. M., Van Loon, M. S., Van Nes, F. A., Bosmans, J. E., De Vet, H. C. W., Ket, J. C. F., Widdershoven, G. A. M. & Ostelo, R. W. J. G., 1 Mar 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 3, e0213263.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

quality of life
Quality of Life

A core outcome measurement set for low back pain

Chiarotto, A., 2018, 426 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

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