About our research group/lab
Our research department aims to address research questions with clinical relevance for patients and general practitioners in primary care. We are especially focused and specialized in two main topics namely (I) musculoskeletal disorders and (II) diseases in children in general practice.
Our research questions have a direct link to daily clinical practice. We strongly promote an evidence based approach and aim to improve the management of general practitioners for patients with musculoskeletal disorders and for children presenting with frequently occurring diseases in general practice.
Our studies are typically designed from a clinical epidemiological perspective and include, for example, large prospective cohort studies, diagnostic studies and randomized clinical trials. We also have considerable expertise in performing systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Ankle Osteoarthritis Cohort
Bone shape of the patellofemoral joint
CREDO: CRiteria for the Early Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis
Diagnosing hand and wrist pathologies in primary care
DOERAK study: Children with obesity in primary care
GRIP: Gout Research In Primary Care
Growing up: the influence of lifestyle on joint health
Heel pain in children
Hip complaints predictive of osteoarthritis
KIS: Knee osteoarthritis Injection Study
Meniscus pathologies in knee osteoarthritis development
Mental health of children and adolescents in general practice
MIS opioids: Minimal intervention strategy to de-implement opioid use
Musculoskeletal problems in children and adolescents
OA Trial Bank
Optimizing healthcare for knee and hip osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis and comorbidities
Primary care for children in Rotterdam
Reducing antibiotics for treating urinary tract infections
SPRiNG: Starting Strong in Nursing
SPRINT study: Injury prevention in runners
STAP study: Soles as Treatment Against Pain in feet
The Rotterdam Asthma Trial
The Rotterdam Eczema study
TRAPP: Treatment of acute lateral ankle sprains in general practice
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the limbs
Musculoskeletal disorders in primary care
The research line musculoskeletal disorders has a strong collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Orthopedics, the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, and the Department of Epidemiology and Statistics; all with respect to the osteoarthritis research. This research also is firmly embedded in the ACE Bone & Joint which is coordinated by prof Bierma-Zeinstra. For sports-injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders in children and adolescents we cooperate mainly with the Department of Orthopedics, and the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine; this research also belongs to the ACE Bone and Joint. For the spinal research there is a strong collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology-Pain Medicine, and Neurosurgery. This research is embedded in the spine ACE, and the ACE Pain.
Common childhood illnesses in general practice
The research line disorders in children cooperates with departments within Sophia Child Hospital especially in the fields of allergy, long diseases and dermatology. We participate in the ACE Gezond Gewicht (healthy weight) and the ACE Allergy. Recently we started collaboration with IMERR (the Institute for Medical Education Research Rotterdam) in relation to our new research program within the field of Education.
Funding & Grants