Prof Harm Van Marwijk PhD


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Harm van Marwijk is a clinician, researcher, teacher and innovator. He is Professor of General Practice at the Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care of the School of Health Sciences of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. He is particularly interested in connectedness, and this concept is a core value in Harm’s practice, in his teaching, and in his research. Harm believes that connections are necessary for all aspects of medical practice, including dealing with a patient’s symptoms, making a diagnosis, and managing a consultation and practice. These three elements come into play any time a patient walks into a doctor’s clinic, and all three need to be connected to one another given the mix of diverse, increasingly well-informed and frail patients that a general practitioner comes into contact. Unfortunately, today's GP office tends towards fragmentation, to an overreliance on procedures, and to a lack of ownership. It is his belief that the thoughts, experiences and decisions of healthcare professionals need to be explored and acknowledged to improve decisions and provide good care.


Harm has combined clinical work and academics since graduating in medicine in 1985. He developed an interest in primary care and the role of those caring for older people while in medical school and his Ph.D. thesis was on 'depression in the elderly as seen in general practice' within the Dutch 'Leadership in General Practice' program. He completed this thesis in 1995. He spent the next twenty years as an associate professor at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. During this time, he taught general practice, consultation, and research skills. He joined the faculty at the University of Manchester in March 2015 as a Professor of General Practice.


He has currently co-authored 217 PubMed publications (for other papers, see Google scholar profile) on best practices in medicine, research, methods, guidelines, and teaching. His current Web of Science SCI H-index is 30, his Scopus H-Index 32, and his Google Scholar H-Index is 43. He has helped to secure over ten million pounds in research support and has advised 24 Ph.D. students.

His main areas of expertise are:

  • implementing and measuring behaviour change and consultation skills
  • developing and evaluating instruments and clinical tools (clinimetrics and psychometrics)
  • systematically (Cochrane) reviewing
  • developing academic networks at the interface of primary and secondary care
  • designing, conducting and reporting randomized clinical trials
  • designing and conducting research on infrastructure and long-term cohorts
  • implementing education research using mixed methods
  • teaching and writing for publication

External positions

GP teacher, VU University Medical Center

1 Jan 19981 Jan 2012

Associate professor of general practice research, VU University Medical Center

Aug 1996Feb 2015

PhD student, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (Leiden Univ)

1 Sep 19901 Sep 1995

General practitioner

1988 → …

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1995 - Doctor of Philosophy, Depression in the elderly as seen in general practice, Leiden University (1990 - 1995)
  • 1985 - Bachelor of Medicine Leiden University (1977 - 1985)

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