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Research interests

Dr. F.G. Schaafsma is an occupational health physician and senior researcher at the Amsterdam Public Health research institute of Amsterdam UMC. Her research focuses on the needs of workers in different economic and industrial sectors to lead a healthy and sustainable working life, including those with a chronic disease. She also studies the cost- and effectiveness of interventions promoting return to work for workers on sick leave or long term work disability due to physical or mental health problems. An important focus of her work are (Cochrane) systematic reviews dealing with intervention or prognostic studies relevant for occupational health care.


Evidence-based Occupational Health Care 



Education/Academic qualification


1 May 20021 May 2007

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Research Output

Exploring self-control of workers with a chronic condition: a qualitative synthesis

Bosma, A. R., Boot, C. R. L., De Maaker, M., Boeije, H. R., Schoonmade, L. J., Anema, J. R. & Schaafsma, F. G., 3 Sep 2019, In : European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 28, 5, p. 653-668 16 p.

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Open Access

Prognostic factors for return to work and work disability among colorectal cancer survivors; A systematic review

den Bakker, C. M., Anema, J. R., Zaman, A. G. N. M., de Vet, H. C. W., Sharp, L., Angenete, E., Allaix, M. E., Otten, R. H. J., Huirne, J. A. F., Bonjer, H. J., de Boer, A. G. E. M. & Schaafsma, F. G., 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 8, e0200720.

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Open Access

Pre-employment examinations for preventing injury, disease and sick leave in workers

Schaafsma, F. G., Mahmud, N., Reneman, M. F., Fassier, J-B. & Jungbauer, F. H. W., 2016, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 1, CD008881.

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Physical conditioning as part of a return to work strategy to reduce sickness absence for workers with back pain

Schaafsma, F. G., Whelan, K., van der Beek, A. J., van der Es-Lambeek, L., Ojajarvi, A. & Verbeek, J. H., 2013, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 8, CD001822.

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