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
- Completeness of the description of manipulation and mobilisation techniques in randomized controlled trials in neck pain; A review using the TiDieR checklist
- Illness perceptions associated with patient burden with musculoskeletal pain in outpatient physical therapy practice, a cross-sectional study
- Treatment based classification systems for patients with non-specific neck pain A systematic review