Honorary Professor Chris van Weel


Honorary Professor of Primary Health Care Research, ANU, 2013-2015; Professor of Primary Health Care Research, Professor of General Practice and Head of Department Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1985 – 2012; General Practitioner Community Health Centre Ommoord, Rotterdam, 1973 – 1985; PhD Erasmus University Rotterdam, 1981; President World Organization of Family Doctors, Wonca, 2007 – 2010

Area of Professional Interest

• Morbidity in the primary care community

• Multimorbidity

• Long-term outcome of primary care

• Primary care research capacity building

• International comparisons of primary health care policy implementation

Career Highlights

Primary health care morbidity, long-term outcome of chronic diseases in family practice, in which 68 successfully completed PhDs were supervised.

Led an academic practice based research network that collects research data for the research program, The Nijmegen Continuous Morbidity Registration / Monitoring Project

Co-founder Nijmegen Centre 'Evidence Based medical Practice'

Co-founder Netherlands School of Primary Care Research (CaRe)

Co-developer of a community oriented undergraduate curriculum (introduced in 1995) in which primary care plays a leading role.

Founder (1992) and until 2012 chair of the EU Erasmus exchange programme Primary Health Care in which medical students from 15 countries participate for clinical attachments and research electives in primary health care.

Co-founder Brisbane Initiative, international primary health care research leaders program

Professor of General Practice and Head of Department Primary and Community Care


• Officer Order of Oranje-Nassau, 2007

• Honorary Doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa), University of Ghent, Belgium, 2003

• Honorary Fellow Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2007

• Honorary Fellow Royal College of General Practitioners, UK, 1991.

• Maurice Wood Award NAPCRG, 2008

Recent Publications

Dania A, Nagykaldi Z, Haaranen A, Muris JWM, Evans PH, Mäntyselkä P, Weel C van. A Review of 50-Years of International Literature on the Internal Environment of Building Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs).  J Am Board Fam Med 2021; 34:762-797. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2021.04.200595  
Luijks H, Boven K van, olde Hartman T, Uijen A, Weel C van, Schers H. Purposeful Incorporation of Patient Narratives in the Medical Record in the Netherlands. J Am Board Fam Med 2021;34:709–723. 
Schers H, van Weel C, van Boven K, Akkermans R, Bischoff E, olde Hartman T. The Covid-19 Pandemic in Nijmegen, The Netherlands: Changes for Presented Health Problems and Demand for Primary Care. Annals of Family Medicine 2021: 19: 44-47; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.2625

Phillips WR, Sturgiss E, Hunik L, Glasziou P, olde Hartman T, Orkin A, Reeve J, Russell GM, van Weel C. Improving the reporting of primary care research: an international survey of researchers. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2021 Jan 1;34 (1):12-21.

Phillips WR, Sturgiss E, Yang A, Glasziou P, Hartman TO, Orkin A, Russell GM, van Weel C. Clinician use of primary care research reports. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2021 May 1;34 (3):648-60.

Brouwers M, De la Croix A, Laan R, van Weel C et al. 2020.  The impact of early breaking bad news education: a qualitative study into students’ self-reported take-home messages. MedEdPublish, 9, [1], 25, https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2020.000025.1

Cuypers M, Tobi H, Huijsmans CA, van Gerwen L, Ten Hove M, van Weel C, Kiemeney LA, Naaldenberg J, Leusink GL. Disparities in cancer‐related healthcare among people with intellectual disabilities: A population‐based cohort study with health insurance claims data. Cancer medicine. 2020 Sep;9 (18):6888-95.https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.3333

Rawaf S, Allen LN, Stigler FL, Kringos D, Quezada Yamamoto H, van Weel C, Global Forum on Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care. Lessons on the COVID-19 pandemic, for and by primary care professionals worldwide. European Journal of General Practice. 2020 Dec 16; 26 (1):129-33.

Nashat N, Hadjij R, Al Dabbagh AM, Tarawneh MR, Alduwaisan H, Zohra F, AlFaris EA, Quezada-Yamamoto H, van Weel C, Rawaf S. Primary care healthcare policy implementation in the Eastern Mediterranean region; experiences of six countries: Part II. European journal of general practice. 2020 Dec 16;26 (1):1-6.

Huston P, Campbell J , Russell G, Goodyear-Smith F , Phillips RL, van Weel C, Hogg W.  COVID-19 and primary care in six countries.  British Journal Gen Pract Open 2020; DOI:  10.3399/bjgpopen20X101128

Kassai R, van Weel C, Flegg K, Tong SF, Han TM, Noknoy S, Dashtseren M, Le An P, Ng CJ, Khoo EM, Noh KM. Priorities for primary health care policy implementation: recommendations from the combined experience of six countries in the Asia–Pacific. Australian journal of primary health. 2020 Oct 28;26 (5):351-7.https://doi.org/10.1071/PY19194

Ponka D, Coffman M, Fraser-Barclay KE, Fortier RD, Howe A, Kidd M, Lennon RP, Madaki JK, Mash B, Sidik SM, Van Weel C. Fostering global primary care research: a capacity-building approach. BMJ global health. 2020 Jul 1;5 (7):e002470.

Salman Rawaf , Luke N. Allen , Florian L. Stigler , Dionne Kringos , Harumi Quezada Yamamoto , Chris van Weel & On behalf of the Global Forum on Universal Health Coverage and Primary Health Care (2020). Lessons on the COVID-19 pandemic, for and by primary care professionals worldwide,
European Journal of General Practice, 26:1, 129-133, DOI: 10.1080/13814788.2020.1820479

Weel C van. Extraordinary diagnostic sensitivity of family physicians Fam Pract 2020; 37: 431–433 doi:10.1093/fampra/cmaa045 https://doi:10.1093/fampra/cmaa045

Weel C van, olde Hartman T, Rouleau K, Bazemore A, Westfall J, Russell G, Kidd M, Howe A, Phillips RL, Li D, Goodyear-Smith F. The Declaration of Astana and what it means for the global role of NAPCRG and WONCA.  Ann Family Med 2020; 18:189-190. https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.2524

Weel C van, Knottnerus J A, van Schayck C P. Managing costs and access to healthcare in the Netherlands: impact on primary care BMJ 2020; 369 :m1181

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