Francois Maissan graduated in 1990 as a physiotherapist, and then in 1996 as a manual therapist. In 2006, he completed the Health Sciences degree programme, with a specialisation in Physiotherapy at Utrecht University.
In 2016, he began his doctoral research with the Research group Lifestyle and Health, at HU and the VU Medical Centre. Jan Pool, PhD and Harriët Wittink, PhD are his co-supervisors and Prof. Raymond Ostelo is the supervisor. The title of his dissertation is: "Non-specific neck pain: To match or not to match".
Francois Maissan has been a lecturer at the HU Physiotherapy master’s degree programme since 2007. He was previously an editor at FysioPraxis from 2011 to 2018, and a board member at NVMT from 2012 to the present. He also still provides primary physiotherapy care at the physiotherapy practice ‘Westwijk’ in Vlaardingen.
Fields of expertise
- Clinical scientific research
- Evidence-based practice
- A study protocol for the validation of a prognostic model with an emphasis on modifiable factors to predict chronic pain after a new episode of acute- or subacute nonspecific idiopathic, non-traumatic neck pain presenting in primary care
- Illness perceptions; exploring mediators and/or moderators in disabling persistent low back pain Multiple baseline single-case experimental design
- Non-specific neck pain: to match or not to match? Does matching the treatment to diagnose improve outcomes?