Maarten de Wit
Maarten de Wit, PhD
VU Medical Centre Amsterdam
Department of Medical Humanities
Maarten de Wit (1961) has been active in organizations of patients with rheumatic diseases at local, national and international level for almost 15 years. From 2005 till 2009 he has been the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Vice President representing People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe (Standing Committee of PARE).
His interest in research started in 2002 when he participated in OMERACT for the first time. Since then he has actively contributed to the development of several support programs for patient representatives, attending medical conferences such as the 6th International Shared Decision Making conference (ISDM), the 2nd COMET conference (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Studies) and the GRAPPA conference (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis).
Maarten will defend his doctoral thesis "Patient participation in rheumatology research. A four level responsive evaluation" in January 2014. This study is mentored by Professor Tineke Abma (VU Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Medical Humanities) and Professor John Kirwan (Bristol University, Department of Rheumatology). A main part of the study evaluates the process and outcomes of a decade of patient involvement in OMERACT. The preliminary results were presented at OMERACT 11 (2012) and will be published in the Journal of Rheumatology. In October 2013 he was elected to become a member of the OMERACT executive committee.
Maarten has had psoriatic arthritis since 1984. He is married and has three children. He is successfully treated with anti-TNFα.