dr. G.H.H. (Theo) Pouwels

dr. G.H.H. (Theo) Pouwels

Professor Emeritus
dr. G.H.H. (Theo) Pouwels
  • Department of General Practice

Research Programs

Infection & Immunity



After his medical training at the Leiden University Medical Center, Theo Verheij worked as general practitioner in Noordwijk from 1987 to 1997. He got his PhD at Leiden University in 1995 after writing a thesis on Acute Bronchitis in General Practice. In 1997 he was appointed full professor of general practice at the UMC Utrecht. His focus of research is infectious diseases in primary care and antibiotic use in outpatients. Until now he supervised 25 PhD students and co-authored 208 peer-reviewed papers (H-index 32). He was and still is involved in the implementation of research in clinical practice for instance by contributing to guidelines on infectious diseases and by advising on monitoring and improving antibiotic use in the Netherlands and Europe. He combines his scientific work with part-time clinical work at one of the academic primary care health centres of the Julius Center, UMC Utrecht.

Side Activities

Member on the funding committee for infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
Member of the Research Committee Prevention and Care of the Dutch Lung
Member of the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of General Practice
Member of the board of the Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy 
Adviser of the Coordination Group of the European Surveillance of Antimicrobial
Member of the Consumption Network of the ECDC (European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control)
Member of the steering committee of TRACE (Translational Research on Antimicrobial resistance and Community-acquired infections in Europe)
Member of the Supervisory Board of IZER, a large cooperative of GPs in Rotterdam

Research Output (419)

Does C-reactive protein predict time to recovery and benefit from oseltamivir treatment in primary care patients with influenza-like illness?:A randomized controlled trial secondary analysis

Harbin Nicolay Jonassen, Rystedt Karin, Lindbaek Morten, Radzeviciene Ruta, Westin Johan, Gunnarsson Ronny, Butler Christopher C, van der Velden Alike W, Verheij Theo J, Sundvall Pär-Daniel 30 Nov 2021, In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 39 , p. 527-532 6 p.

Diagnostic performance of the IdyllaTM respiratory panel for molecular detection of influenza A/B in patients presenting to primary care with influenza-like illness during 3 consecutive influenza seasons

Matheeussen Veerle, Loens Katherine, Kuijstermans Mandy, Jacobs Kevin, Coenen Samuel, van der Velden Alike W, Bongard Emily, Butler Chris C, Verheij Theo Jm, Goossens Herman, Ieven Margareta 9 Oct 2021, In: Journal of Clinical Virology. 144 , p. 1-6

Multifaceted antibiotic stewardship intervention using a participatory-action-research approach to improve antibiotic prescribing for urinary tract infections in frail elderly (ImpresU):Study protocol for a European qualitative study followed by a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial

Hartman Esther A.R., Groen Wim G., Heltveit-Olsen Silje Rebekka, Lindbaek Morten, Hoye Sigurd, Sundvall Pär Daniel, Gunnarsson Ronny, Skoglund Ingmarie, Snaebjörnsson Arnljots Egill, Godycki-Cwirko MacIej, Kowalczyk Anna, Platteel Tamara N., Zuithoff Nicolaas P.A., Monnier Annelie A., Verheij Theo J.M., Hertogh Cees M.P.M., Van De Pol Alma C. 7 Oct 2021, In: BMJ Open. 11 , p. 1-8 12 p.

Transformation of primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic:Experiences of healthcare professionals in eight European countries

Wanat Marta, Hoste Melanie, Gobat Nina, Anastasaki Marilena, Böhmer Femke, Chlabicz Slawomir, Colliers Annelies, Farrell Karen, Karkana Maria Nefeli, Kinsman John, Lionis Christos, Marcinowicz Ludmila, Reinhardt Katrin, Skoglund Ingmarie, Sundvall Pär Daniel, Vellinga Akke, Verheij Theo J.M., Goossens Herman, Butler Christopher C., van der Velden Alike, Anthierens Sibyl, Tonkin-Crine Sarah Aug 2021, In: British Journal of General Practice. 71 , p. E634-E642

Primary care for patients with respiratory tract infection before and early on in the COVID-19 pandemic:an observational study in 16 European countries

van der Velden Alike W, Bax Eva A, Bongard Emily, Munck Aabenhus Rune, Anastasaki Marilena, Anthierens Sibyl, Balan Anca, Böhmer Femke, Bruno Pascale, Chlabicz Slawomir, Coenen Samuel, Colliers Annelies, Emmerich Susanne, Garcia-Sangenis Ana, Ghazaryan Hrachuhi, van der Linde Sanne R, Malania Lile, Pauer József, Tomacinschii Angela, Tonkin-Crine Sarah, Vellinga Akke, Zastavnyy Ihor, Verheij Theo, Goossens Herman, Butler Christopher C 29 Jul 2021, In: BMJ Open. 11 , p. 1-34

Incidence and management of acute otitis media in adults:a primary care-based cohort study

Rijk Merijn H, Hullegie Saskia, Schilder Anne G M, Kortekaas Marlous F, Damoiseaux Roger A M J, Verheij Theo J M, Venekamp Roderick P 28 Jan 2021, In: Family Practice. 38 , p. 448-453 6 p.

Effects of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccination of adults on lower respiratory tract infections and antibiotic use in primary care:authors' response

van Werkhoven Cornelis H, Bolkenbaas Marieke, Huijts Susanne M, Verheij Theo J M, Bonten Marc J M 6 Jan 2021, In: Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 27 , p. 926 1 p.

Is C-reactive protein associated with influenza A or B in primary care patients with influenza-like illness?:A cross-sectional study

Rystedt Karin, Harbin Nicolay Jonassen, Lindbaek Morten, Radzeviciene Ruta, Gunnarsson Ronny, Eggertsen Robert, C Butler Christopher, van der Velden Alike W, J Verheij Theo, Sundvall Pär-Daniel 11 Nov 2020, In: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 38 , p. 447-453 7 p.

Burden of respiratory syncytial virus infection in community-dwelling older adults in Europe (RESCEU):An international prospective cohort study

Korsten Koos, Adriaenssens Niels, Coenen Samuel, Butler Christopher, Ravanfar Behnaz, Rutter Heather, Allen Julie, Falsey Ann, Pirçon Jean-Yves, Gruselle Olivier, Pavot Vincent, Vernhes Charlotte, Balla-Jhagjhoorsingh Sunita, Öner Deniz, Ispas Gabriela, Aerssens Jeroen, Shinde Vivek, Verheij Theo, Bont Louis, Wildenbeest Joanne, 15 Oct 2020, In: The European respiratory journal. 57 , p. 1-12

Structural antibiotic surveillance and stewardship via indication-linked quality indicators:Pilot in dutch primary care

van der Velden Alike W., van Triest Mieke I., Schoffelen Annelot F., Verheij Theo J.M. 3 Oct 2020, In: Antibiotics. 9 , p. 1-11 11 p.

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