Niek de Wit is professor in Primary Care and head of department at the Julius Center of Health Sciences and Primary Care of the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands (www.juliuscenter.nl). He is medical director of the Julius health centers, the academic primary care practice in Leidsche Rijn (www.lrjg.nl). His initial research focussed on the management of gastro-intestinal symptoms in primary care. In the past 10 years he has been working at the interface of clinical primary care practice and academic research, and initiated innovative programs on cardiovascular disease, elderly care, and cancer. His cancer research involves early diagnosis, shared decision making and follow-up care from general practice.
He actively participates in the guideline development program of the Dutch College of General Practice, and co-authored the Future strategy 2022 of the College. In 2012 he was appointed in the Quality of care Board of the Dutch Ministry of Health. He is one of the founding members of the European Society of Primary Care Gastroenterology, and served for 8 years in the scientific committee of the United European Gastroenterology. He is an active member of Ca-Pri, the primary care cancer research group, and in 2018 he joined CanTest as an international collaborator.
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Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands
Diagnostic process of cancer in primary care
- Rubin G, Walter F, Emery J, and de Wit N. Reimagining the diagnostic pathway for gastro-intestinal cancer. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2018; doi:10.1038/nrgastro.2018.1
- Renzi C, Kaushal A, Emery J, Hamilton W, Neal RD, Rachet B, Rubin G, Singh H, Walter FM, de Wit NJ, Lyratzopoulos G. Comorbid chronic diseases and cancer diagnosis: disease-specific effects and underlying mechanisms. Nature Reviews: Clinical Oncology, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41571-019-0249-6
- Jones OT, Calanzani N, Saji S, Duffy SW, Emery J, Hamilton W, Singh H, de Wit N, Walter F. Application of artificial intelligence to electronic health records for early detection and diagnosis of cancer in primary care: a Systematic Review. JMIR, 2020:23483, doi: 10.2196/preprints.23483
- van Erp NF, Helsper CW, Olyhoek SM, Janssen RRT, Winsveen A, Peeters PHM, de Wit NJ. Potential for reducing time to referral for colorectal cancer patients in primary care. Ann Fam Med, 2019, 17(5): 419-427, doi: 10.1370/afm.2446
- van Erp NF, Helsper CW, Slottje P, Brandenbarg D, Büchner FL, van Asselt KM,Muris J, Kortekaas MF, Peeters P, de Wit NJ. Time to diagnosis of symptomatic gastric and oesophageal cancer in the Netherlands: Where is the room for improvement? United European Gastroenterol J, 2020, 8(5): 607-620, doi: 10.1177/2050640620917804