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Since 1-3-2016 I have started my PhD at the faculty of family medicine and elderly medicine of VUmc. I work 2 days a week on this, monday and thursday.

Subject of my thesis is MUPS (medical unexplained physcial symptoms). My goal is to make practical tools for general practitoners to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with MUPS. Primary focus will be the concept central sensitisation, which is already known from chronic pain research but not so known in MUPS research.

I am a general practitioner since 1996 and I have my practice in a healthcenter in the Kersenboogerd in Hoorn. Since last year I share my practice with my collegue Maartje Loeffen.

Since 2001 I am educating residents in my practice of HOVUMC.

From 2013 till 2015 I did a specialisation course for mental health in family practice: kaderarts GGZ.

Together with Henriette van der Horst Nettie Blankenstein and Hans van der Wouden from VUmc I work on the "zorgstandaard SOLK", a multidisciplinary guideline for MUPS, in which the influence of the patients has an important role.