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A. (Alessandro) Chiarotto


  • Department
  • General Practice
  • Focus area
  • Spine-related musculoskeletal disorders



Dr. Alessandro Chiarotto has a background in physiotherapy (BSc, University of Padua, 2005) and clinical epidemiology (MSc ‘cum laude’, VU University Amsterdam, 2014). During his PhD, he coordinated an international group of researchers, clinicians and patients consumers to develop a core outcome measurement set for clinical trials in patients with low back pain. He completed his PhD in 2018 (VU University Amsterdam) with a thesis entitled “A core outcome measurement set for low back pain”. Since 2018, he works at the Department of General Practice of Erasmus MC. He also works part-time at the VU Department of Health Sciences.

Dr. Chiarotto’s research currently focuses on the clinical management of patients with spine-related musculoskeletal disorders, and on methodological research on the assessment and interpretation of patient-reported outcome measures. He was co-promotor of one PhD student who successfully defended his PhD (2020, Erasmus MC). He now supervises 7 PhD students and one post-doctoral researcher. He has > 40 articles published in international scientific journals (Scopus H-Index 16), including high ranking journals like BMJ, Pain, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Two years and half after the end of his PhD, he acquired > 500.000€ in research funding.



Teaching activities

  • Teacher of the module on “Evidence based practice” for general practitioners in training (Erasmus MC)
  • Tutor of the annual international course on “Clinimetrics” (EpidM AUMC Amsterdam)

Other positions

  • Guest Editor for a focused issue on low back pain research from early career researchers for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT, 2021)
  • Associate Editor of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2017-now)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association of Physiotherapy (AIFI, 2019-now)

Scholarships, grants, and awards

  • Received grants as principal investigator from EUROSPINE, Amsterdam Movement Sciences research institute, and WorkSafeBC
  • Received grants as co-applicant from the Dutch Scientific College of Physiotherapy (WCF) and the Netherlands Institute of Health Science and Development (ZonMw)
  • Runner-up abstract award at the international Pain Science in Motion conference (2015, Brussels, Belgium)
  • 3rd price PhD thesis in physiotherapy from the Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF, 2019, Hilversum, The Netherlands)


Dr. Alessandro Chiarotto is involved in the following research projects:

  • BACE (prognosis of older adults with back pain in general practice)
  • ANIMO (prognostic models in patients with neck pain in physiotherapy practice)
  • LRS in general practice (Diagnosis and treatment of patients with low back pain and irradiation in general practice)
  • WorkSafeBC (work-related risk factors for development of upper and lower limb musculoskeletal disorders)
  • MIS opioids (minimal intervention strategy to de-implement opioid use in general practice)
  • Spinal OA (diagnosis and treatment of spinal osteoarthritis in patients with back pain)

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