Jan vanderMeulen


of Clinical Epidemiology

Room 105

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2266

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I studied medicine at the University of Groningen (1985), and I received a PhD (neurology / medical physics) from the University of Utrecht (1989). Since 1990, I have worked as a clinical epidemiologist in the Netherlands and the UK. I joined the School in January 2000. I collaborate with the Royal College of Surgeons of England (from 2001 to 2011 as the Director of the College's Clinical Effectiveness Unit). I also advise the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on research and audit since 2006.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy


I am involved in the Public Health MSc. I am the organiser of the Proposal Development module. I also contribute to the Basic Epidemiology and Reviewing the Literature modules. In addition, I organise courses on critical appraisal of the literature and statistics for The Royal College Surgeons of England.


The central theme of my research is the study of determinants of variation in processes and outcomes of surgical care ("epidemiology of the quality of surgical care"). I am involved in a number of national studies of surgical practice and outcome that are run by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  I do similar work within obstetrics and gynaecology in collaboration with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Other topics of my research include methods for case-mix adjustment, continuous monitoring of outcomes, the usefulness of routine databases for clinical audit as well as clinical and cost effectiveness of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Previous work looked at the effect of the fetal environment on the development of disease later in life.

Research Area
Health outcomes
Health services research
Maternal health
Quality improvement
Statistical methods
Disease and Health Conditions
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Quantifying severe urinary complications after radical prostatectomy: the development and validation of a surgical performance indicator using hospital administrative data.
Sujenthiran, A. ; Charman, S.C. ; Parry, M. ; Nossiter, J. ; Aggarwal, A. ; Dasgupta, P. ; Payne, H. ; Clarke, N.W. ; Cathcart, P. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
International comparison of emergency hospital use for infants: data linkage cohort study in Canada and England.
Harron, K. ; Gilbert, R. ; Cromwell, D. ; Oddie, S. ; Guttmann, A. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
BMJ Qual Saf
Birth "Out-of-Hours": An Evaluation of Obstetric Practice and Outcome According to the Presence of Senior Obstetricians on the Labour Ward.
Knight, H.E. ; van der Meulen, J.H. ; Gurol-Urganci, I. ; Smith, G.C. ; Kiran, A. ; Thornton, S. ; Richmond, D. ; Cameron, A. ; Cromwell, D.A. ;
PLoS Med
Patient Mobility for Elective Secondary Health Care Services in Response to Patient Choice Policies: A Systematic Review.
Aggarwal, A. ; Lewis, D. ; Mason, M. ; Sullivan, R. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
Med Care Res Rev
Linking Data for Mothers and Babies in De-Identified Electronic Health Data.
Harron, K. ; Gilbert, R. ; Cromwell, D. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
PLoS One
Increased orthogeriatrician involvement in hip fracture care and its impact on mortality in England.
Neuburger, J. ; Currie, C. ; Wakeman, R. ; Johansen, A. ; Tsang, C. ; Plant, F. ; Wilson, H. ; Cromwell, D.A. ; van der Meulen, J. ; De Stavola, B. ;
Age Ageing
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