Jako Burgers
Jako Burgers
2008-09 Harkness Fellow
Senior Researcher
IQ healthcare
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
Senior Consultant
Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement CBO
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Harkness Project Title: Addressing Multi-morbidity in Health Care Quality Improvement

Mentors: Eric C. Schneider, M.D., and Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.

Placement: Harvard School of Public Health

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Jako Burgers, M.D., Ph.D., a 2008–09 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is a practicing physician and senior researcher at the IQ healthcare, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, where his research interests focus on the development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines to improve quality of patient care. He is also Senior Consultant at the Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement CBO, and is Chair and founding member of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N), an organization that works toward the development, adaptation and implementation of clinical practice guidelines and has a membership of 84 organizations from 37 countries. Previous positions include staff member at the Dutch College of General Practitioners and assistant reader at Free University Amsterdam. Burgers has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles on guidelines development and effectiveness in clinical practice, with publications in the Netherlands Journal of Medicine, Lancet, International Journal of Quality in Health Care, and the British Journal of General Practice. He holds a medical degree from the Free University Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, where his dissertation, "Quality of Clinical Practice Guidelines," received the CARE award in 2002.

Project: Jako Burgers focused on the quality and coordination of care for patients with multiple conditions.  He conducted a secondary analysis of 2008 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Sicker Adults on whether patient-reported experiences of care coordination differ based on the number and type of patients’ chronic conditions.  He also examined the extent to which clinical practice guidelines for prevalent chronic conditions address co-morbidities.


Career Activity Since Fellowship

  • Head, Department of Guideline Development and Research, Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG), 2011


Current Position: •Professor in Promoting Personalized Care in Clinical Practice Guidelines, Dutch College of General Practitioners (Updated November 2016)

E-mail: j.burgers@cbo.nl

Selected Publications


Faber M, Voerman G, Erler A, Eriksson T, Baker R, Lepeleire J, Grol R, Burgers J. “Survey of 5 European countries suggests that more elements of patient-centered medical homes could improve primary care,” Health Affairs, 2013.

Gauld R, Burgers J, Dobrow M, Luxford K, Minhas R, Wendt C, Cohen AB. “Quality improvement, information technology and primary care can improve healthcare system performance. But are policy makers promoting them?” Int J Clin Pract. 2012 Sep;66(9):827-33.

Faber MJ, Burgers JS, Westert GP. “A sustainable primary care system: lessons from the Netherlands.” J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jul-Sep;35(3):174-81.

van der Weijden T, Boivin A, Burgers J, Schünemann HJ, Elwyn G. “Clinical practice guidelines and patient decision aids. An inevitable relationship.” J Clin Epidemiol. 2012 Jun;65(6):584-9.

Willcox S, Lewis G, Burgers J. “Strengthening primary care: recent reforms and achievements in Australia, England, and the Netherlands.” Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 2011 Nov;27:1-19.

Goodyear-Smith F, Gauld R, Cumming J, O'Keefe B, Pert H, McCormack P. “International Learning on Increasing the Value and Effectiveness of Primary Care (I LIVE PC) New Zealand.” J Am Board Fam Med. 2012 Mar;25 Suppl 1:S39-44

Gauld R, Blank R, Burgers J, Cohen AB, Dobrow M, Ikegami N, Kwon S, Luxford K, Millett C, Wendt C., “The World Health Report 2008: Primary Healthcare: How wide is the gap between its agenda and implementation in 12 High-Income Health Systems?” Healthcare Policy. 7(3). 2012.

Boivin A, Lehoux P, Lacombe R, Lacasse A, Burgers J, Grol R. “Target for improvement: a cluster randomised trial of public involvement in quality-indicator prioritisation (intervention development and study protocol).” Implement Sci. 2011 May 9;6:45.

Willekens M, Giesen P, Plat E, Mokkink H, Burgers J, Grol R. “Quality of after-hours primary care in The Netherlands: adherence to national guidelines.” BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Mar;20(3):223-7.

Burgers JS, Voerman GE, Grol R, Faber MJ, Schneider EC. “Quality and Coordination of Care for Patients with Multiple Conditions: Results from an International Survey of Patient Experience.” Evaluation & the Health Professions 2010; 33:343.

Singer SJ, Burgers J, Friedberg M, Rosenthal MB, Leape L, Schneider E. “Defining and Measuring Integrated Patient Care: Promoting the Next Frontier in Health Care Delivery.” Med Care Res Rev. 2010 Jun 16.

Westert GP, Burgers JS, Verkleij H. “The Netherlands’ new health care system; regulated competition behind the dikes?” British Medical Journal. September 2009.


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