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Professor Harm van Marwijk

Prof Harm Van Marwijk

Professor Harm van Marwijk (Ph.D)

Professor in General Practice and Head of Primary Care and Public Health
T: +44 (0) 1273 644774
Location: 318a Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

PA/DA: Sonia Khan / Rosie Neville
Tel: 01273 641924

Areas of expertise: general practice, consultation skills, long-term conditions, medically unexplained symptoms.

Research areas: co-design, community engagement, medical education, mental health, long-term conditions, digital solutions, consultation skills.

Other relevant positions: Head of Primary Care and Public Health  



Harm is Head of the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, and part-time GP, after being in similar roles in Manchester from 2015 to 2017. Before that he worked at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. His PhD was on depression in the elderly as seen in general practice. 


Harm believes in dialogue, community engagement, task-sharing and simple digital tools. As a clinical generalist, teacher, researcher, and innovator, he is particularly interested in connectedness. This concept is a core value in Harm's practice, in his teaching, and his research. Harm believes that connections are necessary for all aspects of medicine, including discussing a patient's symptoms and questions in the encounter, making a diagnosis, and managing consultations and practice. He is interested in improving connections, with an emphasis on vulnerable groups such as those with mental issues, frailty, a poor lifestyle or unexplained physical symptoms, and on evaluating digital 'innovations'. His core task is to help medical students to prepare themselves for the challenging but exciting world of general practice. He co-authored 249 papers in PubMed, with H-Indexes for Web of Science 40, Scopus 42, and Google Scholar 56. 



Harm’s core task is student-centred medical learning and teaching. He has been involved in this for a long time, in many different capacities. He continues to enjoy working with the excellent and enthusiastic young general practice team at BSMS to ensure a memorable learning experience for undergraduate and postgraduate students and to stimulate them to become generalists, and particularly GPs, as an exciting career option. He wants to stimulate portfolio careers. He is involved in the supervision of 10 PhD students and a wide range of other students.

Selected publications

Zghebi SS, Mamas MA, Ashcroft DM, et al. Development and validation of the DIabetes Severity SCOre (DISSCO) in 139 626 individuals with type 2 diabetes: a retrospective cohort studyBMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care 2020;8:e000962. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000962

Kontopantelis, Evangelos, Mamas, Mamas A, van Marwijk, Harm, Buchan, Iain, Ryan, Andrew M and Doran, Tim (2018) The increasing socio-economic gap between the young and old: temporal trends in health and overall deprivation in England by age, sex, urbanity and ethnicity, 2004 to 2015. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. ISSN 0143-005X (Accepted)

Kontopantelis, Evangelos, Mamas, Mamas A, van Marwijk, Harm, Ryan, Andrew, Bower, Peter, Guthrie, Bruce and Doran, Tim (2018) Chronic morbidity, deprivation and primary medical care spending in England in 2015-16: a cross-sectional spatial analysis. BMC Medicine, 16 (19). ISSN 1741-7015

van Dijk, Susan E M, Adriaanse, Marcel C, van der Zwaan, Lennart, Bosmans, Judith E, van Marwijk, Harm W J, van Tulder, Maurits W and Terwee, Caroline B(2018) Measurement properties of depression questionnaires in patients with diabetes: a systematic review. Quality of Life Research. ISSN 0962-9343

van Eck van der Sluijs, Jonna F, Castelijns, Hilde, Eijsbroek, Vera, Rijnders, Cees A Th, van Marwijk, Harm W J and van der Feltz-Cornelis, Christina M (2018)Illness burden and physical outcomes associated with collaborative care in patients with comorbid depressive disorder in chronic medical conditions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. General Hospital Psychiatry, 50. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0163-8343

Sitnikova, Kate, Dijkstra-Kersten, Sandra M A, Mokkink, Lidwine B, Terluin, Berend, van Marwijk, Harm W J, Leone, Stephanie S, van der Horst, Henriëtte Eand van der Wouden, Johannes C (2017) Systematic review of measurement properties of questionnaires measuring somatization in primary care patients. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 103. pp. 42-62. ISSN 0022-3999

Petrazzuoli, Ferdinando, Vinker, Shlomo, Koskela, Tuomas H, Frese, Thomas, Buono, Nicola, Soler, Jean Karl, Ahrensberg, Jette, Asenova, Radost, Foguet Boreu, Quintí, Ceyhun Peker, Gülsen, Collins, Claire, Hanževački, Miro, Hoffmann, Kathryn, Iftode, Claudia, Kurpas, Donata, Le Reste, Jean Yves, Lichtwarck, Bjørn, Petek, Davorina, Pinto, Daniel, Schrans, Diego, Streit, Sven, Tang, Eugene Yee Hing, Tatsioni, Athina, Torzsa, Péter, Unalan, Pemra C, van Marwijk, Harm and Thulesius, Hans (2017) Exploring dementia management attitudes in primary care: a key informant survey to primary care physicians in 25 European countries. International Psychogeriatrics, 29 (9). pp. 1413-1423. ISSN 1041-6102

Barengo, Noel Christopher, Pols, Alide D, van Dijk, Susan E, Bosmans, Judith E, Hoekstra, Trynke, van Marwijk, Harm W J, van Tulder, Maurits W and Adriaanse, Marcel C (2017) Effectiveness of a stepped-care intervention to prevent major depression in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and/or coronary heart disease and subthreshold depression: A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 12 (8). e0181023. ISSN 1932-6203

Biesheuvel-Leliefeld, Karolien E M, Dijkstra-Kersten, Sandra M A, Van Schaik, Digna J F, van Marwijk, Harm W J, Smit, Filip, Van Der Horst, Henriette E and Bockting, Claudi L H (2017) Effectiveness of supported self-help in recurrent depression: a randomized controlled trial in primary care. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 86 (4). pp. 220-230. ISSN 0033-3190

Janssen, Noortje, Huibers, Marcus J H, Lucassen, Peter, Voshaar, Richard Oude, van Marwijk, Harm, Bosmans, Judith, Pijnappels, Mirjam, Spijker, Jan and Hendriks, Gert-Jan (2017) Behavioural activation by mental health nurses for late-life depression in primary care: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 17 (1). p. 230. ISSN 1471-244X

Dijkstra-Kersten, Sandra M A, Sitnikova, Kate, Terluin, Berend, Penninx, Brenda W J H, Twisk, Jos W R, van Marwijk, Harm W J, van der Horst, Henriette E, van der Wouden, Johannes C and Unset (2017) Longitudinal associations of multiple physical symptoms with recurrence of depressive and anxiety disorders.Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 97. pp. 96-101. ISSN 0022-3999

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