prof. dr. R.J.P.M. (Rob) Scholten

prof. dr. R.J.P.M. (Rob) Scholten

Professor Emeritus
prof. dr. R.J.P.M. (Rob) Scholten
  • Julius Center, dept. Epidemiology & Health Economics



Rob J.P.M. Scholten is Emeritus Professor of Evidence Synthesis in Health Care at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care. From 2001 – October 2018, he was the director of The Dutch Cochrane Centre which is hosted by the Julius Center. July 1st, 2020 he officially retired.

Rob did his medical training at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and in 1993 he obtained his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the same university (Thesis ‘The increased incidence of meningococcal disease in the Netherlands: an attempt at an epidemiological explanation’). In 1995 he was formally registered as Clinical Epidemiologist (‘Wetenschappelijk Onderzoeker Epidemioloog’, SMBWO).

From 1993 to 2000 Rob worked as senior researcher of the research programme “Musculoskeletal disorders” of the EMGO-Institute, Amsterdam, and from 2000 to 2013 as Senior Clinical Epidemiologist at The Dutch Cochrane Centre and the department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. In 2001 he became the director of the Dutch Cochrane Centre and in 2010, he was appointed as Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in particular Evidence-based Medicine at the University of Amsterdam. In 2014, the Dutch Cochrane Centre moved to Utrecht and in 2015, Rob was appointed as professor of Evidence Synthesis in Health Care.

Side Activities

  • Former Editor Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Editorial Team

  • Member of the following Cochrane Methods Groups: GRADEing Methods Group, Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Group and Statistics Methods Group

  • Member (review author) of the following Cochrane Review Groups: Heart Group, Gynaecological, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancer Group, Back and Neck Group, Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group, Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group, Oral Health Group, Airways Group, Neuromuscular Group, Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group, Methodology Review Group, Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group, Common Mental Disorders Group, Upper GI and Pancreatic Diseases Group, Colorectal Group

  • Member of the international GRADE Working Group and core member of the Dutch GRADE Network

Research Output (85)

Clinical trial registration was associated with lower risk of bias compared with non-registered trials among trials included in systematic reviews

Lindsley Kristina, Fusco Nicole, Li Tianjing, Scholten Rob, Hooft Lotty 23 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 145 , p. 164-173 10 p.

Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease and Cerebrovascular Lesions and Clinical Progression in Patients with Subjective Cognitive Decline:A Systematic Review

Scarth Morgan, Rissanen Ina, Scholten Rob J P M, Geerlings Mirjam I 13 Aug 2021, In: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 83 , p. 1089-1111 23 p.

Poor compliance of clinical trial registration among trials included in systematic reviews:a cohort study

Lindsley Kristina, Fusco Nicole, Teeuw Hannah, Mooij Eva, Scholten Rob, Hooft Lotty Apr 2021, In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 132 , p. 79-87 9 p.

Bibliotherapy for Sexual Dysfunctions:A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

van Lankveld Jacques J D M, van de Wetering Fleur T, Wylie Kevan, Scholten Rob J P M 2021, In: Journal of Sexual Medicine. 18 , p. 582-614 33 p.

Efficacy of bone-substitute materials use in immediate dental implant placement:A systematic review and meta-analysis

Zaki John, Yusuf Nermin, El-Khadem Ahmed, Scholten Rob J.P.M., Jenniskens Kevin 2021, In: Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. 23 , p. 506-519 14 p.

Interventions for preventing falls and fall-related fractures in community-dwelling older adults:A systematic review and network meta-analysis

Dautzenberg Lauren, Beglinger Shanthi, Tsokani Sofia, Zevgiti Stella, Raijmann Renee C.M.A., Rodondi Nicolas, Scholten Rob J.P.M., Rutjes Anne W.S., Di Nisio Marcello, Emmelot-Vonk Marielle, Tricco Andrea C., Straus Sharon E., Thomas Sonia, Bretagne Lisa, Knol Wilma, Mavridis Dimitris, Koek Huiberdina L. 2021, In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 69 , p. 2973-2984 12 p.

Medication review interventions to reduce hospital readmissions in older people

Dautzenberg Lauren, Bretagne Lisa, Koek Huiberdina L, Tsokani Sofia, Zevgiti Stella, Rodondi Nicolas, Scholten Rob J P M, Rutjes Anne W, Di Nisio Marcello, Raijmann Renee C M A, Emmelot-Vonk Marielle, Jennings Emma L M, Dalleur Olivia, Mavridis Dimitris, Knol Wilma 2021, In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 69 , p. 1646-1658 13 p.

Clinical utility of limited channel sleep studies versus polysomnography for obstructive sleep apnoea

van Doorn Sander, Heus Pauline, Damen Johanna A.A.G., Spijker Rene, Japenga Eva J., Reesink Herre, Scholten Rob J.P.M., Hooft Lotty 15 Dec 2020, In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020 , p. 1-8

Cross-sectional associations of amyloid burden with semantic cognition in older adults without dementia:A systematic review and meta-analysis

Vonk Jet M J, Twait Emma L, Scholten Rob J P M, Geerlings Mirjam I 19 Oct 2020, In: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development. 192 , p. 1-13

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