Professor Jako Burgers: Why Dutch GPs are happier than UK GPs

Professor Jako Burgers

A recent debate has suggested that Dutch GPs are happier in their work than their UK counterparts, with one of the key factors being the control they exert over the creation of clinical guidelines (BMJ 2015;351:h6870).

Professor Jako Burgers, head of the Department of Guideline Development and Research at the Dutch College of General Practitioners, will present the reasons behind the comparative happiness of his colleagues, in the morning plenary session on Saturday 14 October.

Professor Burgers is also professor in ‘Promoting Personalized Care in Clinical Practice Guidelines’ at the Care and Public Health Research Institute of Maastricht University, and a practising primary care physician in the Netherlands.

He was senior researcher at IQ healthcare, Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on guideline development and effectiveness, and healthcare system performance.

In 2008/9 he was Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, based at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

Professor Burgers served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) in 2007/8 and was chair of the organising committee of the G-I-N conference in 2015 in Amsterdam. He holds a medical degree from the Free University Amsterdam and a PhD from the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, where his dissertation, Quality of Clinical Practice Guidelines, received the CARE award in 2002.