20092019
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Personal profile

Specialisation

  • Dizziness in older patients;
  • Continuity of care;
  • Prediction rules;
  • And - as a practising GP - translating theory into practice.

Research interests

Dizziness

Research interests

Dr. Maarsingh is a GP, researcher and epidemiologist at the Department of General Practice & Elderly Care Medicine, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. His main focus of research is dizziness in older patients. In 2010, he wrote his thesis Dizziness in older patients in general practice: a diagnostic challenge. In 2011, he received an individual grant from the Stichting Beroepsopleiding Huisartsen (SBOH) for 4 years and continued his research on dizziness as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2013, he obtained a ZonMw/SBOH grant for his research project Improving the diagnosis of dizzy elderly: a three-arm validation and intervention study in general practice. This research project resulted in 7 international peer-reviewed publications. In 2015, he obtained a ZonMw/SBOH grant for his research project 'Internet-based vestibular rehabilitation for older dizzy adults: does it work? A single blind, three arm, randomised controlled trial in general practice. Until present, this research project resulted in 3 international peer-reviewed publications (and the research group is aiming at 5 more accepted scientific papers in 2019).

In 2015, continuity of care became another research focus. Probably initiated by his father and grandfather - who were both fulltime GPs in a small village - dr. Maarsingh investigated the associaton between continuity of care in general practice and survival in older patients, using the data of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. The results of this study (i.e. low continuity of care in general practice is associated with a higher risk of mortality) inspired him to write a grant proposal aiming to improve continuity of care in general care. In 2018, he obtained a ZonMw/SBOH grant for his research project Optimising personal continuity for older patients in general practice: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial. This research project started March 2019.

More recently, depression became a research focus. In 2018, dr. Maarsingh constructed and validated a prediction rule for an unfavorable course of late-life depression. Also, he is involved in the OPERA study, a double-blind placebo-controlled multicenter trial on discontinuation of antidepressants.

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Research Output 2009 2019

Guided and unguided internet-based vestibular rehabilitation versus usual care for dizzy adults of 50 years and older: A protocol for a three-armed randomised trial

Van Vugt, V. A., Van Der Wouden, J. C., Bosmans, J. E., Smalbrugge, M., Van Diest, W., Essery, R., Yardley, L., Van Der Horst, H. E. & Maarsingh, O. R., 1 Jan 2017, In : BMJ Open. 7, 1, e015479.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Chronic vertigo: Treat with exercise, not drugs

Van Vugt, V. A., Van Der Horst, H. E., Payne, R. A. & Maarsingh, O. R., 2017, In : BMJ (Online). 358, j3727.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Continuity of care in primary care and association with survival in older people: a 17-year prospective cohort study

Maarsingh, O. R., Henry, Y., van de Ven, P. M. & Deeg, D. J. H., Aug 2016, In : British Journal of General Practice. 66, 649, p. E531-E539

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Development and external validation of a prediction rule for an unfavorable course of late-life depression: A multicenter cohort study

Maarsingh, O. R., Heymans, M. W., Verhaak, P. F., Penninx, B. W. J. H. & Comijs, H. C., 1 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 235, p. 105-113 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Membership of committee

Authorisation Committee of the Dutch College of GPs (External organisation)

Otto Maarsingh (Member)
20172021

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee