Bart W Koes

Bart W Koes
Erasmus MC | Erasmus MC · Department of General Practice

PhD

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January 2002 - December 2012
Erasmus MC
January 2000 - December 2012
Erasmus University Rotterdam
January 1992 - December 2010
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Publications (940)
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Background: Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide and has an excessive societal burden. Accumulating evidence has shown that some medical approaches such as imaging in absence of clear indications, medication and some invasive treatments may contribute to the problem rather than alleviating it. Objectives: To determine...
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Background Children with overweight and obesity in socially deprived areas (SDAs) are less likely to complete and be compliant to a weight-loss programme. Objectives To identify factors associated with dropout and compliance of a multidisciplinary weight-loss programme in SDA. Methods This prospective longitudinal cohort study included children (...
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Objectives To identify the prevalence, frequency, adverse effects, and reasons for analgesic use in youth athletes. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods Systematic searches in Embase, Medline, and SPORT-Discus from inception to September 2021, screening of reference lists, and citation tracking were performed to identify observatio...
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Objectives: to compare prevalence rates of serious and non-serious adverse events after manipulation and mobilization and to identify risk factors of serious and non-serious adverse events following 4 types of manual therapy treatment in patients with neck pain. Design: a prospective cohort study Participants: A total of 686 patients with neck pain...
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Study design: The 16th meeting of the International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care was held in Québec City in July 2019 under the theme of innovation. This paper addresses the state of research in the field. Objective: To ascertain the evolution of knowledge and clinical application in back and neck pain and identify shift...
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Background Back pain is an extensive burden to our healthcare system, yet few studies have explored modifiable prognostic factors associated with high costs related to healthcare utilization, especially among older back pain patients. The aims of this study were to identify modifiable prognostic factors for high costs related to healthcare utilizat...
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A 37-year-old man reports he has had pain in his lower back for the past month. The pain is worse when he gets up in the morning, when it is associated with stiffness in the lower back. The patient has a history of episodes of low back pain that have typically occurred after vigorous sports activities. His medical history is otherwise unremarkable;...
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Objective: To compare the effectiveness of opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and exercise therapy for knee osteoarthritis pain. Design: Systematic review with network meta-analysis. Literature search: We searched the databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from inception to April 15,...
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Background Low back and neck pain are a leading cause of disease burden globally. Opioids are recommended in guidelines for acute low back and neck pain; however, there is a lack of compelling efficacy data to support this. Methods The OPAL trial is a prospectively registered, triple-blinded, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with acu...
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Objectives The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an enhanced online injury prevention programme on the number of running-related injuries (RRIs) in recreational runners. Methods We conducted a randomised-controlled trial in runners who registered for running events (distances: 10–42.195 km) in the Netherlands. Adult runners who...
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Lumbar bone marrow edema, also known as Modic type-1 endplate change, has a prevalence of 43% in low back pain populations and 6% in general populations. Besides mechanical factors and genetic predisposition it has been hypothesized that lumbar bone marrow edema is caused by a latent infection of low-virulence anaerobic bacteria in degenerated lumb...
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Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is an established treatment in mental health care for clients with a personality disorder (PD). Literature on DMT and personality disorder shows that self-regulation, interpersonal relationships, and cognition are key objectives to focus on during the clinical application of DMT for PD. To date, no systematic descriptio...
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Objectives: Worldwide the use of opioids, both doctor-prescribed and illicit, has increased. In most countries, opioids are first prescribed by general practitioners (GPs). Identifying factors that influence GPs' opioid prescription decision-making may help reduce opioid misuse and overuse. We performed a systematic review to gain insight into GP...
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Background: Long-term opioid treatment in patients with chronic pain is often ineffective and possibly harmful. These patients are often managed by general practitioners, who are calling for a clear overview of effective opioid reduction strategies for primary care. Aim: Evaluate effectiveness of opioid reduction strategies applicable in primary...
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Objective Patients with osteoarthritis are mainly managed in primary care settings and many patients use pain medication as symptomatic treatment. We investigated in OA-patients receiving an education and exercise program, the use and type of pain medication and its impact on outcomes at 3 months follow-up. Design, Setting & Subjects The design wa...
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Background Dealing with the opioid crisis, medical doctors are keen to learn how to best treat opioid dependency in patients with chronic non-cancer pain. Opioid replacement therapy is commonly used, but success rates vary widely. Since many patients still experience severe withdrawal symptoms, additional interventions are necessary. Objective To...
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Background The INSPIRE trial examined in 2017 the effect of an online injury prevention program on the number of running-related injuries (RRI). Although this program showed no effect on the number of injuries, new insights from this study were used to design an enhanced prevention program. Objective To examine the effectiveness of an online injur...
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Background Children and adolescents with overweight are known to have lower Quality of Life (QoL) compared to peers with a normal weight. QoL is a broad concept and is associated with many factors. A better understanding of the factors associated with QoL in children and adolescents and their impact on the association between overweight/obesity and...
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Background Neck pain is one of the leading causes of disability in most countries and it is likely to increase further. Numerous prognostic models for people with neck pain have been developed, few have been validated. In a recent systematic review, external validation of three promising models was advised before they can be used in clinical practi...
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The management of patients with lumbosacral radicular pain (LRP) is of primary importance to healthcare professionals. This study aimed to: identify international clinical practice guidelines on LRP, assess their methodological quality, and summarize their diagnostic and therapeutic recommendations. A systematic search was performed (August 2019) i...
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Objectives Development and internal validation of prognostic models for post-treatment and 1-year recovery in patients with neck pain in primary care. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Primary care manual therapy practices. Participants Patients with non-specific neck pain of any duration (n = 1193). Intervention Usual care manual therap...
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Purpose: To conduct a non-responder analysis on a musculoskeletal (MSK) electronic questionnaire. Methods: Individuals aged 18 years and older, diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (DM), and attended an ambulatory DM clinic formed the sample frame. They were invited to complete an electronic musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and symptoms questionnair...
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Purpose: To estimate the healthcare resource utilisation of an Australian cohort of people with sciatica and explore individual-level factors associated with expenditure. Methods: Healthcare utilisation (services and medication) data from a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of pregabalin in patients with sciatica (n = 185) were...
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Little is known about the effectiveness of placebo interventions in patients with non-specific low back pain (LBP). This systematic review assessed the magnitude of the effects of placebo interventions as compared to no intervention in randomized controlled trials(RCTs) including patients with LBP. Embase, Medline(Ovid) and Cochrane CENTRAL databas...
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Introduction Shoulder pain is common and the prognosis is often unfavourable. Dutch guidelines on the treatment of shoulder pain in primary care recommend a corticosteroid injection or a referral to exercise therapy, if initial pain management fails and pain persists. However, evidence of the effectiveness of a corticosteroid injection compared wit...
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Objective: Dry needling is a treatment technique used by clinicians to relieve symptoms in patients with tension-type headache (TTH), cervicogenic headache (CGH), or migraine. This systematic review's main objective was to assess the effectiveness of dry needling on headache pain intensity and related-disability in patients with TTH, CGH, or migra...
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Methodological shortcomings in prognostic modeling for patients with spinal disorders are highly common. This general commentary discusses methodological challenges related to the specific nature of this field. Five specific methodological challenges in prognostic modeling for patients with spinal disorders are presented with their potential soluti...
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Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is common in older adults. No clinical prediction models for poor long-term outcomes have been developed in older patients with back pain. This study aimed to develop and internally validate three clinical prediction models for non-recovery in this population. A prospective cohort study in ge...
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Background: Low back pain is a common condition among older adults that significantly influences physical function and participation. Compared to their younger counterparts, there is limited information available about the clinical course of low back pain in older people, in particularly those presenting for chiropractic care. Improving our unders...
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Patient recovery expectations can predict treatment outcome. Little is known about the association of patient recovery expectations on treatment outcome in patients with neck pain consulting a manual therapist. This study evaluates the predictive value of recovery expectations in neck pain patients consulting manual therapists in the Netherlands. T...
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Study Design A cross-sectional inter-examiner agreement and reliability study among physical therapists in primary care. Background musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSU) is frequently used by physical therapists to improve specific diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain, especially for the diagnosis rotator cuff tendinopathy (RCT) including tears. O...
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Objective Differing clinical criteria for hip osteoarthritis (OA) are applied in primary care, but little is known regarding the utility of these criteria. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the proportion of patients in a primary care setting with hip OA fulfilling the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), the National Institute f...
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Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the differences in objectively measured physical activity and in self-reported physical activity between overweight and normal-weight children. Methods: Data from a prospective cohort study including children, presenting at the participating general practices in the south-west of the Netherlan...
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Introduction: Paracetamol is one of the most frequently used analgesics for people with low back pain, but despite its frequent use there is still debate regarding its efficacy and safety for this indication. Areas covered: We describe the origin of paracetamol and its proposed mechanisms of action. We focus in on low back pain and describe the...
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PurposeTo estimate the prevalence of degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) in adults, identified by clinical symptoms and/or radiological criteria.Methods Systematic review of the literature. Pooled prevalence estimates by care setting and clinical or radiological diagnostic criteria were calculated and plotted [PROSPERO ID: CRD42018109640].Res...
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Study design: Systematic with meta-analysis OBJECTIVES.: To investigate the efficacy and safety of epidural corticosteroid injections compared with placebo injection in reducing leg pain and disability in patients with sciatica. Summary of background data: Conservative treatments, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, are...
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Objective In various countries, patients can visit a physiotherapist via self-referral. The aims of this study were to evaluate whether there are differences between individuals with nonspecific neck pain who consult a manual therapist via self-referral and those who do so via referral by a physician concerning patient characteristics, number of tr...
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Background Patients with back pain can show one or more features of spinal osteoarthritis (OA), such as morning stiffness, limited or painful range of motion (ROM), and lumbar disc degeneration (LDD). However, it has not been investigated whether these features are prognostic of long-term back pain. Objectives This study assessed whether spinal mo...
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Introduction The aim of this study was to review information about risk factors for lower extremity running injuries in both short-distance (mean running distance ≤20 km/week and ≤10 km/session) and long-distance runners (mean running distance >20km/week and >10 km/session). Materials and Methods Electronic databases were searched for articles pub...
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Introduction Running-related injuries (RRIs) are frequent, but no effective injury prevention measures have been identified yet. Therefore, we have set up the INSPIRE trial in 2017, in which the effectiveness of an online injury prevention programme was tested. Although this programme was not effective in reducing the number of RRIs, we gained new...
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Background: Acute low back pain (LBP) is a common health problem. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often used in the treatment of LBP, particularly in people with acute LBP. In 2008, a Cochrane Review was published about the efficacy of NSAIDs for LBP (acute, chronic, and sciatica), identifying a small but significant effect in f...
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Background: Lumbosacral radicular pain (commonly called sciatica) is a syndrome involving patients who report radiating leg pain. Epidural corticosteroid injections deliver a corticosteroid dose into the epidural space, with the aim of reducing the local inflammatory process and, consequently, relieving the symptoms of lumbosacral radicular pain....
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Background: The first aim of this research was to investigate the current prevalence of musculoskeletal ultrasound in Dutch physiotherapy practices. The second aim was to explore experiences of physiotherapists with musculoskeletal ultrasound in a primary care setting with patients presenting with shoulder complaints. Methods: A random sample of...
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Objective To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of radiofrequency denervation when added to a standardized exercise program for patients with chronic low back pain. Methods An economic evaluation was conducted alongside 3 pragmatic multicenter, nonblinded randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in The Netherlands with a follow up of 52 weeks. Eligible part...