Emiel van Trijffel - Researcher | Head Master program @ SOMT University of Physiotherapy

Emiel van Trijffel

Researcher | Head Master program

  • Diagnostiek, Klinisch redeneren, Kwaliteit van zorg, Manuele therapie

Dr. E. van Trijffel

Dr. Emiel van Trijffel is Head of the SOMT University Master program since 2012, as well as a full professor in Manual Therapy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. After his clinical career as physiotherapist/manual therapist, he familiarized himself with education and research into diagnostics, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and complexity in health and illness. He worked as a professor at the Clinical Epidemiology program at the AMC for years, from which he graduated himself in 2005. He finished his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2015, titled ‘Role and reliability of passive joint motion assessment: Towards multivariable diagnostics and decision-making in manual therapy’, led by his supervisors Prof. Dr. Patrick Bossuyt, Prof. Dr. Rob Oostendorp and Prof Dr. Cees Lucas.

He is currently working as project leader for the SOMT University’s research into predictive factors to frailty among inhabitants of Amersfoort over 55 years of age (n=3000), also named the Amersfoort Cohort study on functional decline, healthy ageing and frailty (AMCOHF). He is furthermore active as co-supervisor in Drs. Renske Peters, Drs. Astric Vereijken and Drs. Roel Wingbermühle’s PhD trajectories, and participates in the SOMT University’s BRUG-study as well (head researcher Dr. Hank Hallegraeff). He furthermore supervises Manual Therapy Master students at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Evidence-based Practice in Healthcare Master students at the AMC on their theses. He is also part of a research group into Experimental Anatomy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (led by Prof. Dr. Erik Cattrysse), and participates in publications and research projects with his former supervisor, full professor Prof. dr. Rob Oostendorp (Radboud University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Publications

  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers H, Van Trijffel E, Rutten GM, Scholten-Peeters GGM, Heijmans M, Hendriks E, Mikojalewska E, De Kooning M, Laekeman M, Nijs J, Roussel N, Samwel H. Realtionships between context, process, and outcome indicators to assess quality of physiotherapy care in patients with Whiplash-Associated Disorders: Applying Donabedian’s model of care. Submitted    
  • Peters R, Van Trijffel E, Van Rosmalen J, Mutsaers JHAM, Pool-Goudzwaard AL, Verhagen AP, Koes BW. Non-serious adverse events do not influence recovery in patients with neck pain treated with manual therapy. Submitted
  • Cattrysse E, Burioli A, Buzzatti L, Van Trijffel E. Changed cervical kinematics in patients with neck problems. A cross-sectional study by infinite helical axis estimation. Submitted
  • Vereijken A, Aerts I, Meeusen R, Van Trijffel E. Functional performance for predicting return to performance in high-impact sports after lower extremity injury: A systematic review. Submitted
  • Wingbermühle RW, Heymans MW, Van Trijffel E, Koes BW, Verhagen AP. External validation of promising models to predict neck pain recovery in primary care was not successful. Submitted
  • Wingbermühle RW, Chiarotto A, Van Trijffel E, Koes B, Verhagen AP, Heymans MW. Development and internal validation of models to predict post-treatment and 1-year recovery in patients with non-specific neck pain presenting in primary care. Submitted
  • Hallegraeff J, Kan R, Van Trijffel E, Reneman M. State anxiety (not trait anxiety) is an independent predictor of pain and pain-related disability after 12 weeks in patients with acute low back pain: An observational study. Submitted
  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers JWH, Van Trijffel E. The quality of physiotherapy care: the development and application of quality indicators using scientific evidence and routinely collected data embedded in the process of clinical reasoning. Accepted for publication in Bulletin of Faculty of Physical Therapy
  • Vereijken A, Aerts I, Jetten J, Van Trijffel E, Meeusen R. Translation and validation of the Dutch Injury Psychological Readiness to Return to Sport scale (I-PRRS). Accepted for publication in The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
  • Van Trijffel E, Oostendorp RAB, Elvers JW. Routinely collected data as real-world evidence for physiotherapy practice. Physiother Theory Pract 2019;35:805-9.
  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers H, Van Trijffel E, Rutten GM, Scholten-Peeters GGM, Heijmans M, Hendriks E, Mikojalewska E, De Kooning M, Laekeman M, Nijs J, Roussel N, Samwel H. Has the quality of physiotherapy care in patients with Whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) improved over time? A retrospective study using routinely collected data and quality indicators. Patient Prefer Adherence 2018;12:2291-2308.    
  • Stenneberg MS, Busstra H, Eskes M, Van Trijffel E, Cattrysse E, Scholten-Peeters GGM, De Bie RA. Concurrent validity and interrater reliability of a new smartphone application to assess three-dimensional active cervical range of motion in patients with neck pain. Musculoskelet Sci Pract 2018;34:59-65.
  • De Roos P, Lucas C, Strijbos JH, Van Trijffel E. Effectiveness of a combined exercise training and home-based walking program on physical activity compared to standard medical care in moderate COPD. Physiotherapy 2018;104:116-21. 
  • Wingbermühle R, Van Trijffel E, Nelissen P, Koes BW, Verhagen AP. Few promising multivariable models exist for predicting recovery of people with non-specific neck pain in musculoskeletal primary care. A systematic review. J Physiotherapy 2018;64:16-23.   
  • Van Trijffel E, De Maeseneer M, Buzzatti L, Oostendorp R, Scafoglieri A, Cattrysse E. Are changes in synovial fluid volume or distribution a determinant of biomechanical effects of passive joint movements? Int Musculoskelet Med 2017;38:115-21.
  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers H, Mikojalewska E, Roussel N, Van Trijffel E, Samwel H, Nijs J, Duquet W. Cervicocephalalgiaphobia: A subtype of phobia in patients with cervicogenic headache and neck pain? A pilot study. J Man Manip Ther 2016;24:200-9.
  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers H, Mikojalewska E, Laekeman M, Van Trijffel E, Samwel H, Duquet W. Manual physical therapists’ use of biopsychosocial history taking in the management of patients with back or neck pain in clinical practice. ScientificWorldJournal 2015;2015:170463.
  • Stenneberg MS, Schmitt MA, Van Trijffel E, Schröder CD, Lindeboom R. Validation of a new questionnaire to assess the impact of Whiplash Associated Disorders: The Whiplash Activity and participation List (WAL). Man Ther 2015;20:84-9.
  • Schrama PPM, Stenneberg MS, Lucas C, Van Trijffel E. Intra-examiner reliability of hand-held dynometry in the upper extremity. A systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95:2444-69.  
  • Koehorst MLS, Van Trijffel E, Lindeboom R. Evaluative measurement properties of the Patient Specific Functional Scale for primary shoulder complaints in physical therapy practice. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2014;44:595-603.
  • Van Trijffel E, Lindeboom R, Bossuyt PMM, Schmitt MA, Lucas C, Koes BW, Oostendorp R. Indicating spinal joint mobilisations or manipulations in patients with neck or low-back pain: Protocol of an inter-examiner reliability study among manual therapists. Chiropr Man Therap 2014;22:22. 
  • Kappetijn O, Van Trijffel E, Lucas C. Efficacy of passive extension mobilization in addition to exercise in the osteoarthritic knee: An observational parallel-group study. Knee 2014;21:703-9.
  • Heus P, Van Trijffel E, Busch EM, Lucas C. Mydriatic visual acuity in diabetic patients: A randomized controlled trial. Optom Vis Sci 2013;90:249-56.
  • Van Trijffel E, Van de Pol RJ, Oostendorp RAB, Lucas C. Inter-rater reliability for measurement of passive physiological movements in lower extremity joints is generally low: A systematic review. J Physiother 2010;56:223-35. 
  • Van der Sleen MI, Slot DE, Van Trijffel E, Winkel EG, Van der Weijden GA. Effectiveness of mechanical tongue cleaning on breath odeur and tongue coating: a systematic review. Int J Dent Hyg 2010;8:258-68.
  • Van Trijffel E, Plochg T, Van Hartingsveld F, Lucas C, Oostendorp RAB. The role and position of passive intervertebral motion assessment within clinical reasoning and decision-making in manual therapy. A qualitative interview study. J Man Manip Ther 2010;18:111-8.
  • Van de Pol RJ, Van Trijffel E, Lucas C. Inter-rater reliability for measurement of passive physiological range of motion of upper extremity joints is better if instruments are used: A systematic review. J Physiother 2010;56:7-17.
  • Van Trijffel E, Oostendorp RAB, Lindeboom R, Bossuyt PMM, Lucas C. Perceptions and use of passive intervertebral motion assessment of the spine: A survey among physiotherapists specializing in manual therapy. Man Ther 2009;14:243-51.
  • Bakker EWP, Verhagen AP, Van Trijffel E, Lucas C, Koes BW. Spinal mechanical load as a risk factor for low back pain. A systematic review of prospective cohort studies. Spine 2009;34:E281-93.
  • Bakker EWP, Verhagen AP, Van Trijffel E, Lucas C, Koning HJ, Koes BW. Individual advice in addition to standard guideline care in patients with acute non-specific low back pain. A survey on feasibility among physiotherapists and patients. Man Ther 2009;14:68-74.
  • Van Trijffel E, Anderegg Q, Bossuyt PMM, Lucas C. Inter-examiner reliability of passive assessment of intervertebral motion in the cervical and lumbar spine: A systematic review. Man Ther 2005;10:256-69. 

Letters to the Editor

  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers JWH, Van Trijffel E. From concept analysis to practice and measurability of clinical reasoning in physical therapy. Response to: Huhn K, Gilliland SJ, Black LL, Wainwright SF, Christensen N. Clinical reasoning in physical therapy: A concept analysis. Phys Ther 2019;99:440-56. Submitted
  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers JWH, Van Trijffel E. We are missing more. Response to: Collins CK, Masaracchio M,  Brismeé J-M. The future of orthopedic manual therapy: What are we missing? J Man Manip Ther 2017;25:169-71. Accepted for publication in J Man Manip Ther
  • Oostendorp RAB, Elvers H, Mikojalewska E, Laekeman M, Van Trijffel E, Samwel H. Response to: Wijma AJ, Van Wilgen CP, Meeus M, Nijs J. Clinical biopsychosocial physiotherapy assessment of patients with chronic pain: The first step in pain neuroscience education. Physiother Theory Pract 2017;33:260-2.   
  • Scholten-Peeters GG, Van Trijffel E, Hutting N, Castien RF, Rooker S, Verhagen AP. Risk reduction of serious complications from manual therapy: Are we reducing the risk? Response to: Rushton A, Rivett D, Carlesso L, Flynn T, Hing W, Kerry R. International framework for examination of the cervical region for potential of Cervical Arterial Dysfunction prior to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy intervention. Man Ther 2014;19:e5-6. 
  • Bakker EW, Verhagen AP, Van Trijffel E, Lucas C. Koes BW. Response to: Olsen O. Spinal mechanical load as a risk factor for low back pain: A systematic review of prospective cohort studies. Spine 2010;35:E576-7.

Nationaal

  • Wingbermühle RW, Van Trijffel E, Nelissen PM, Koes B, Verhagen AP. Few promising multivariable prognostic models exist for recovery of people with non-specific neck pain in musculoskeletal primary care: a systematic review. Submitted
  • Scholten-Peeters W, Rooker S, Van Trijffel E, Verhagen A. De fysiotherapeutische diagnose. Toch ook een plaats voor de ICD? Reactie op: Van Enck, Nieuwenhuijzen. De fysiotherapeutische diagnose gediagnosticeerd. FysioPraxis februari 2014:22-3.
  • Van Trijffel E. Hoe betrouwbaar is passief segmentaal bewegingsonderzoek van de wervelkolom? Stimulus 2005;24:470-87.