Jan vanderMeulen


of Clinical Epidemiology

Room 105

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2266

+44 (0)20 7927 2701

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

The Impact of a National Clinician-led Audit Initiative on Care and Mortality after Hip Fracture in England: An External Evaluation using Time Trends in Non-audit Data.
Neuburger, J. ; Currie, C. ; Wakeman, R. ; Tsang, C. ; Plant, F. ; De Stavola, B. ; Cromwell, D.A. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
Med Care
A review of economic evaluations of diagnostic strategies using imaging in men at risk of prostate cancer.
Willis, S.R. ; van der Meulen, J. ; Valerio, M. ; Miners, A. ; Ahmed, H.U. ; Emberton, M. ;
Curr Opin Urol
A population-based cohort study of the effect of Caesarean section on subsequent fertility
Gurol-Urganci, I.; Cromwell, D.A.; Mahmood, T.A.; van der Meulen, J.H.; Templeton, A.
Human Reproduction
Identifying patients at risk of emergency admission for colorectal cancer.
Wallace, D. ; Walker, K. ; Kuryba, A. ; Finan, P. ; Scott, N. ; van der Meulen, J. ;
Br J Cancer
Impact of third- and fourth-degree perineal tears at first birth on subsequent pregnancy outcomes: a cohort study.
Edozien, L.C.; Gurol-Urganci, I.; Cromwell, D.A.; Adams, E.J.; Richmond, D.H.; Mahmood, T.A.; van der Meulen, J.H.;
Model for risk adjustment of postoperative mortality in patients with colorectal cancer.
Walker, K. ; Finan, P.J. ; van der Meulen, J.H. ;
Br J Surg
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