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My research focuses on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions in those with musculoskeletal disorders.

My broad goals are to lessen the burden of neck and low back pain (LBP) to society by providing high-quality scientific evidence. Past projects include the PTED trial, Warrior 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), as well as updates of various Cochrane reviews (i.e. SMT, massage, traction, and aerobic exercise) for LBP. We are also working on providing evidence to the WHO for development of a global guideline on LBP in adults. Additional projects include examining cost-trajectories in elderly with LBP, and use of discrete choice experiment design. 

One of my passions lies in systematic reviews and meta-analysis as these types of overviews represent a crucial link in the practice of evidence-based health care. I am actively involved in conducting and supervising these reviews, including a role on the Associate Editorial Board of the Cochrane Back and Neck Review Group.

My research is embedded in APH research institute and Amsterdam Movement Sciences.



I am the course coordinator for the EpidM systematic reviews and meta-analysis course, among other teaching assignments. 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.


Personal information

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

Ancillary activities

  • Praktijk voor Chiropractie Soest | Soest | Directeur/eigenaar | 2017-03-15 - present
  • European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE) | Denemarken | Bestuurder | 2017-03-15 - present
  • DBRIC | Nederland | Bestuurder | 2020-10-01 - 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

Sep 2004Jun 2008

Award Date: 18 Jun 2008

User created Keywords

  • neck pain
  • low back pain


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