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I am a registered epidemiologist and work in the Department of Health Sciences, section Musculoskeletal Health (MSH). Additionally, I work as a chiropractor in clinical practice in Soest.

International collaborations include among others: University of Southern Denmark, Karolinska Institute, Parker University, Southern California University of Health Sciences, CQ University Australia, and Anglo-European Chiropractic College.

Ancillary activities: I am the current Chair of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Research Committee WFC Research Committee, and vice-chair of the WFC Global Patient Safety Task Force.  The WFC represents >100,000 chiropractors globally, and is a recognized NGO bij de WHO. Our mission is to globally support a patient safety culture within the chiropractic profession. 


My research focuses on musculoskeletal complaints, in general and neck and low-back pain, in specific. My broad goals are to lessen the burden of neck and low back pain to society by providing high-quality scientific evidence. My current line of research focuses on optimizing health care.

Questions related to the safety and effectiveness of the manual therapies, specifically spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for treatment and management of neck and low-back pain may be directed to me.

My passion lies with systematic reviews and meta-analysis as these types of overviews represent a crucial link in the practice of evidence-based health care. 

Past projects include the PTED studyWarrior Trial, and the IPD-project IPD meta-analysis on spinal manipulative therapy.

Current projects include a large, international observational study in chiropractic care (BACE-C cohort study); a discrete choice experiment (or in other terms, choice design study) designed to examine the attributes in those that seek SMT for low back pain. This study will also allow us to determine the smallest worthwhile effect (SWE). Other projects include an examination of the cost-trajectories in elderly with LBP.

We are currently also updating an etiological review which examines the risk factors for cervical artery dissection (a rare form of stroke).

My work also focuses on summaries of the evidence on low-back pain, including (updates of) Cochrane reviews (i.e. SMT, massage, traction, and aerobic exercise). Recently, we provided evidence to the WHO for development of a global guideline on chronic low-back pain in adults.  

My research is embedded in Amsterdam Movement Sciences.



My mission is to promote evidence-based health care.

As a researcher and scientist, I believe that I have an important role in training future researchers to conduct systematic reviews in order for them to appropriately apply the principles of evidence-based care. This can lead the path towards implementing effective treatment strategies and de-implementing those which are ineffective or even harmful.

I have been involved in teaching for more than 10 years at various levels, including BSc, MSc and PhD's. I was the course coordinator for the EpidM systematic reviews and meta-analysis course (from 2012-2022), and am still actively involved with the course, in addition to other teaching assignments (e.g. AMC review course, Amsterdam University College). 



Ancillary activities

  • Praktijk voor Chiropractie Soest | Soest | Directeur/eigenaar | 2017-03-15 - present
  • World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) | Toronto | Bestuurder | 2020-10-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Academic qualification

Health Sciences, PhD, Adverse events following chiropractic care for subjects with neck pain, VUmc, Amsterdam

Sept 2004Jun 2008

Award Date: 18 Jun 2008

User created Keywords

  • Low back pain
  • Epidemiology
  • Effectiveness
  • Systematic reviews
  • Meta-analyses
  • Musculoskeletal Health


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