Prof.dr. J.J. Rasker, Hans

Rheumatologist, Emeritus Professor

Building: Cubicus, secretary B119b
Telephone: +31 (0)53 – 489 4470 (secretary)

English profile


From 1991 till 2004 he was professor of psychosocial aspects of patients with rheumatic disorders, including education of patients and general public, in the dept of Communication sciences, Faculty Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy. He is since 2004 attached as emeritus professor to the department of Psychology, Health and Technology of the Faculty of Behavioral Management and Social Sciences.


  • After studying medicine at Leiden University he worked as a locum GP in several practices during half a year
  • After military service (first lieutenant doctor) he specialized in Groningen in internal medicine and rheumatology
  • In 1975 he worked as a research fellow in the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic diseases in Bath, England
  • From 1976 till 2004 he worked as consultant rheumatologist in the Medical Spectrum Twente Hospital in Enschede
  • Since then he works as consultant rheumatologist in several practices in the Netherlands, since 2008 in the MCL Leeuwarden and 2017 Jan-May Alkmaar 


At the moment no education activities at the UT.

Current Research projects

  • Since 2004 he is involved in Epidemiologic studies (COPCORD) and clinical studies together with Prof. Atiqul Haq and prof Nazrul Islam (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and with Prof. Fereydoun Davatchi (Iran)
  • Since 2007 he is involved in studies using MRI, CT scan etc in people with rheumatic disorders (spondylarthropathies, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis and other), in cooperation with prof. Yasser Emad rheumatologist en Prof. Yasser Ragab radiologist in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Cairo University (Egypt)
  • Since many years he studies several aspects of fibromyalgia syndrome, the last years mainly with Prof Fred Wolfe, Wichita, (USA) and with dr. Ewa Klaver-Krol, neurologist. He is especially interested in the philosophy of diseases
  • In cooperation with Jan-Willem Dannenberg and Peter ten Klooster he is involved in studies regarding the attitude of nursing students and nurses towards physically or mentally handicapped people
  • He studies feelings of guilt and shame in patients with rheumatoid arthritis with the dept of Rheumatology in Apeldoorn, dr. Jan Maarten van Woerkom and dr. Frank Eggelmeijer and with the department of rheumatology in Dhaka (prof Atiqul Haq en Prof Minhaz Choudhuri)
  • He has a long time interest in alternative and complementary treatments in patients with rheumatic disorders. A new edition of his book on this topic will be published in 2013


  • Honorary member Dutch society for Rheumatology
  • Member British Society Rheumatology
  • Member IGS (Institute for Innovation and Governance studies )
  • Member editorial board Clinical Rheumatology ( ILAR Journal)
  • Associate Editor International Journal of Rheumatology (APLAR Journal)
  • Ambassador of the Bone and Joint Decade representing the Netherlands
  • Member Editorial Board LER (Letter to the editor, rheumatology)
  • Member Editorial Board Iranian Journal Rheumatology

Some past functions:

1970-1972 Member study Group Euthanasia of the KNMG. (Royal Dutch Medical Organisation)
1970-1974 Elder Dutch Reformed church Haren (Gron.)
1972-1985 Member board Dutch foundation for voluntary euthanasia, the Hague (until the foundation was discontinued as the aims were reached
1976-1995 Co-founder and medical advisor Dutch rheumatic patients society, now called reumapatiëntenbond
1980-1988 Member consilium and visitation committee of the Dutch society for rheumatologists
1995-2001 Idem of the Dutch Society of rheumatology
1985-1992 Founder en chairman of the Ethtical committee for research in people of the Medical Spectrum Twente Hospital Enschede
1989-1992 Member Scenario Committee chronic diseases and subcommittee Rheumatoid Arthritis
1990-1998 Member Editorial board British Journal of Rheumatology
1995-2000 Member editorial board Rheumatology in Europe
1995-1997 Member advisory board Ministry of health regarding indications for chronic physiotherapy
1977-2000 Member and between 1986 and 1994 chairman of the National Rheumatology Research Committee TNO.
1995-2000 Member Advisory Board for Rheumatology research of the National Rheumatism Foundation (ARO)
1997-2001 Secretary-General of the International League of Associations for Rheumatology. (ILAR)
1997-2001 Member of the international advisory committee American College for Rheumatology (ACR).
1990-2002 Chairman of the Van Hoytema Research Committee an member of the board of the Dr. G.J. van Hoytema Foundation
1985-2003 Consultant in the Rehabilitation Centre the Roessingh
2001-2005 Chairman Standing Committee Health Professionals van de International League of Associations for Rheumatology. (ILAR)
2006 Guest professor in Health Sciences, faculty BBT
1990-2010 Guest teacher nursing institution Bunnik
1995-2006 Visiting professor in Cairo, Egypt
2000-2014 Associate editor Clinical Rheumatology (ILAR Journal)
2008-2016 consultant rheumatologist MCL Leeuwarden


  • Knight in the order of Oranje- Nassau (1998) Honorary Member Dutch Society for Rheumatology
  • Honorary Member Patient Societies Enschede, Oldenzaal and Hengelo
  • Merit Award Dutch Rheumatic Patient’s Society
  • Honorary member Dutch society for Rheumatology (2004)


  • MD-thesis: Detection of tumours with radio-labeled Bleomycin, 1975
  • Author: Rheumatism and alternative treatments 1993 and 2014 (in Dutch)
  • (Co-)author of chapters in many books on rheumatology
  • Author of more than 400 articles in rheumatological and medical journals; mainly clinical studies regarding different rheumatological disorders including RA, gout and fibromyalgia and other. He did long term follow-up studies on RA, studies on psychosocial aspects of people with rheumatic disorders education of patients and the general public and in the field of physiotherapy, especially the effects of cold and heat
  • He published in cooperation with foreign groups (UK, Indonesia, BanglaDesh, Poland, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Germany, USA and other) among others epidemiological (COPCORD) and clinical studies
  • He is author of articles on alternative and complementary medicine in people with and rheumatic disorders
  • He is author of articles in the fields of nuclear medicine and medical ethics (euthanasia) and philosophy of illness

Some representative publications in the last years

Hazemeijer I and J.J. Rasker, Fibromyalgia and the therapeutic domain. A philosophical study on the origins of fibromyalgia in a specific social setting. Rheumatology 2003; 42: 507-515

Minaur, N., Jacoby, R, John Cosh, Gordon Taylor, Johannes Rasker Outcome after 40years with rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective study of function, disease activity and mortality. J Rheumatol 2004; 31 suppl 69: 3-8

Patberg W, Rasker JJ, Weather effects in rheumatoid arthritis: from controversy to consensus, a review. J Rheumatol 2004; 31: 1327-1334

Zijlstra TR, van de Laar MAFJ, Bernelot Moens HJ, Taal E, Zakraoui L, Rasker JJ. Spa treatment for primary fibromyalgia syndrome: a combination of thalassotherapy,exercise and patient education improves symptoms and quality of life. Rheumatology 2005; 44; 539-546

Taal E, Bobietinska E, Lloyd J, Veehof M, Rasker WJM, Oosterveld FGJ, Rasker JJ. Successfully living with chronic arthritis. The role of allied health professionals. Clin Rheumatol 2006; 25: 189-197

Klooster PM ten, Vlaar APJ, Taal E, Gheith GE, Rasker JJ, El-Garf Ayman K, van de Laar MAFJ. The validity and reliability of the graphic rating scale and verbal rating scale for measuring pain across cultures: A study in Egyptian and Dutch women with rheumatoid arthritis. Clin J Pain 2006; 22: 827-830

Wolfe F, Rasker JJ. The Symptom Intensity Scale, fibromyalgia and the meaning of fibromyalgia like symptoms J Rheumatol 2006; 33: 2113-4

Wolfe F, Rasker JJ, Boers M, Wells GA, Michaud K. Minimal disease activity, remission and the long-term outcomes of rheumatoid arthritis, Arthritis Rheum 2007; 57:935-942

Zijlstra TR. Taal E, van de Laar MAFJ, Rasker JJ Validation of a Dutch translation of the Fibromyalgia Impact questionnaire. (Concise report) Rheumatology 2007; 46: 131-134

van Berlo WTM , van de Wiel HBM, Taal E. Rasker JJ, Weijmar Schultz WCM and van Rijswijk MH; Sexual functioning of people with rheumatoid arthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Rheumatol 2007; 26: 30-38

Zijlstra TR, Braakman-Jansen LMA, Taal E, Rasker JJ, van de Laar MAFJ. Cost-effectiveness of Spa treatment for fibromyalgia: general health improvement is not for free Rheumatology 2007; 46: 1454-1459

Bulthuis Y, Drossears-Bakker KW, Taal E, Rasker J, Oostveen J, van 't Pad Bosch P, Oosterveld F, van de Laar M. Arthritis patients show long-term benefits from 3 weeks intensive exercise training directly following hospital discharge. Rheumatology 2007 Nov; 46: 1712-7

Vlaar APJ, Klooster PM ten, Taal E, Gheith PR, El-Garf AK, Rasker JJ, van de Laar MAFJ, A cross cultural study of pain intensity in Egyptian and Dutch women with rheumatoid arthritis. J of Pain 2007;8: 730-736

Veehof M, Taal E, Rasker JJ, Lohmann J, van de Laar M. Possession of assistive devices is related to improved psychological well-being in patiënt with rheumatic conditions. J Rheumatol 2006; 33: 1679-83

Emad Y, Ragab Y, Zeinhom F, El Khouly G, Abo-Zeid A, Rasker JJ, Hippocampus dysfunction may explain symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome. A study with Single-Voxel Magnetic resonance spectroscopy, J Rheumatol 2008; 35:1371-7

Haq SA, Rasker JJ, Darmawan J, Chopra A. WHO-ILAR-COPCORD in the Asia-Pacific: the past, present and future. Intern J Rheum Dis 2008;II: 4-10

Emad Y, Ragab Y, Shaarawy A, Raafat H, El-Kiki HA, Rasker JJ. Enhanced MRI in early undifferentiated oligoarthritis of the knee joints: Improvements already visible after 2 months of DMARDs treatment. Clin Rheumatol 2008; 27:1177-1182

El-Mansoury TM, Taal E, Abdel-Nasser AM, Riemsma RP, Mahfouz R, Mahmoud JA, El-Badawy SA, Rasker JJ. Loneliness among women with rheumatoid arthritis. A cross-cultural study in the Netherlands and Egypt. Clin Rheumatol 2008; 27: 1109-1118

Oosterveld FGJ, Rasker JJ, Floors M, Landkroon R, van Rennes B, Zwijnenberg J, van de Laar MAFJ, Koel GJ. Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. A pilot study showing good tolerance, short term improvement of pain and stiffness and a trend towards long term beneficial effects. Clin Rheumatol 2009; 28: 29-34

Klooster PM ten, Dannenberg J-W, Taal E, Burger G, Rasker JJ. Attitudes towards people with physical or intellectual disabilities: nursing students and non-nursing peers Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2009; 65:2562-2573

Emad Y, Ragab Y, Shaarawy A, Abou-Zeid A, Saad A, Fawzy M, Jokhdar H, Rasker JJ. Can magnetic Resonance Imaging differentiate undifferentiated arthritis based on knee imaging? J Rheumatol 2009; 36: 1963-70

Emad Y, Ragab Y, Bassyouni I, Moawayh O, Fawzy MY, Saad A, Abou-Zeid A, Rasker JJ. Enthesitis and related changes in the knees in seronegative spondyloarthropathies and skin psoriasis: Magnetic resonance imaging case-control study J Rheumatol 2010;37 1709-1717

Syed Atiqul Haq, Fereydoun Davatchi, Saeideh Dahaghin, Nazrul Islam, Aniruddha Ghosh, John Darmawan, Arvind Chopra, Zeng Quing Yu, and I Dans. Johannes J. Rasker. Development of a Questionnaire for Identification of the Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis of the Knees, in developing countries. A pilot study in Iran and Bangladesh. An ILAR- COPCORD phase III study. International Journal Rheumatology (APLAR Journal Rheumatology) 2010;13:203-214

Klooster PM ten, Weekers AM, Eggelmeijer F, van Woerkom JM, Drossaert CHC, Taal E, Baneke JJ, Rasker JJ . Optimisme en/of pessimisme: Factorstructuur van de Nederlandse Life Orientation Test-Revised; Psychologie en gezondheid 2010; 38: 89-101

Rasker JJ. Are we letting the genie out of the bottle by diagnosing (classifying) Fibromyalgia in RA? Commentary. Pain 2011; 152: 249-250

Ragab Y, Emad Y, Darweesh H, El Shaarawy NE, Rasker JJ. Enthesitis in seronegative spondyloarthropathies with special attention to the knee joint by MRI: A step forward toward understanding disease pathogenesis. Clinical Rheumatology 2011; 30: 313-322

Jansen T L, Rasker JJ. Crystal –induced arthritis, a review for clinicians. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2011;29:1032-9

Islam Md. Nl, Hossain M, Haq S A, Alam M N,. ten Klooster P M and Rasker JJ Efficacy and Safety of Methotrexate in Articular and Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. International J Rheumatic Diseases 2012;15:62-68

E.G. Klaver-Król, J.J. Rasker, N.R. Henriquez, W.G. Verheijen, M.J. Zwarts

Muscle fiber velocity and electromyographic signs of fatigue in fibromyalgia Muscle&Nerve . 2012 ;46:738-45,

Wolfe F, Rasker JJ. Fibromyalgia. Chapter 52  pg 733-752 In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel Se, McInnes IB, O’Dell JR, editors. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. 9th ed: Elsevier; 2012.   ISBN: 978-1-4377-738-9

Feroz AH, Islam MN, ten Klooster PM, Hasan M, Rasker JJ, Haq SA The Bengali Short Form-36 was acceptable, reliable, and valid in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. J Clin Epidemiol. 2012 Nov;65(11):1227-35

Mohammed M Muquith, , Md N Islam, Syed A Haq, Peter M ten Klooster, Johannes J Rasker and Muhammad B Yunus; Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of a Bengali version of the modified Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012;13:157- doi 10:1186/1471-2474-13-157

Yasser Emad, Yasser Ragab, Tamer Gheita, Ashraf Anbar, Hoda Kamal, Ahmed Saad, Hanan Darweesh, Nashwa El-Shaarawy, Amr Azab, Ahmed Ismail, Johannes J. Rasker, and Knee Enthesitis Working Group

Knee Enthesitis and Synovitis on Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Psoriasis without Arthritic Symptoms J Rheumatol . 2012 Oct;39(10):1979-86.

Emad Y, Ragab Y, El- Shaarawy N, Rasker JJ. Transient osteoporosis of the hip, complete resolution after treatment with Alendronate as observed by MRI Description of 8 cases and review of the literature. Clinical Rheumatology 2012 31: 1641-1647

Wolfe F, Rasker J , Häuser W. Hearing loss if fibromyalgia? Somatic sensory and non-sensory symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia and other rheumatic disorders Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 2012: 30 (suppl 74) S88-S93 PMID:23137751

E.G. Klaver-Król, M.J. Zwarts, P.M. ten Klooster, J.J. Rasker. Abnormal muscle membrane function in fibromyalgia patients and its relationship to the number of tender points. Clin Exp Rheumatol . 2012 : 30 (Suppl 74) S 44-S50 PMID:23191983

Rasker JJ, Bird HA. Introductory editorial: a themed issue on performing arts medicine. Clin Rheumatol. 2013;32:419-20.

J.J.Rasker and HA Bird Guest editor Clin Rheum themed issue on performing arts medicine 2013

Islam N, Baron Basak T, OudeVoshaar MA, Ferdous N, Rasker JJ, Atiqul Haq S.Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of a Bengali Health Assessment Questionnaire for use in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Int J Rheum Dis. 2013 ;16:413-7

Emad Y, Ragab Y, Khalifa M, Bassyouni I, El-Shaarawy N, Rasker JJ. Axial involvement with facet joint arthropathy and bony ankylosis in a case of camptodactyly, arthropathy, coxa vara, pericarditis (CACP) syndrome. Joint Bone Spine. 2013; 80 :520-2.

J.J. Rasker en B van den Bemt Reuma en Alternatieve Behandelmethoden Nationaal Reumafonds 2014 ISBN/EAN 978-90-803864-0-2

Emad Y, Anbar A, Abo-Elyoun I, El-Shaarawy N, Al-Hanafi H, Darwish H, Gamil M, Rasker JJ. In palindromic rheumatism, hand joint involvement and positive anti-CCP antibodies predict RA development after 1 year of follow-up. Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Jun;33(6):791-7. PMID: 24623460

Emad Y, Al-Sherbeni H, Ragab Y, Abo-El-Youn I, El-Shaarawy N, Nassar DY, Fathy A, Al-Hanafi H, Rasker JJ. Arterial vasculopathy in systemic sclerosis: Computerized tomography (CT) angiographic features of macrovascular and microvascular upper limbs arteries. Joint Bone Spine. 2014 Jun 20. pii: S1297-319 PMID:24956984

Islam MN, Ferdous N, Ten Klooster PM, Uddin MS, Nasrin S, Pal B, Rasker JJ. Translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the WHO fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX® ) into Bengali.Int J Rheum Dis. 2014 Jun 26. doi: 10.1111/1756-185 PMID:24965880

Wolfe F, Häuser W, Walitt BT, Katz RS, Rasker JJ, Russell AS. Fibromyalgia and physical trauma: the concepts we invent J Rheumatol. 2014 Sep;41(9):1737-1745

Wolfe F, Michaud K, Busch RE, Katz RS, Rasker JJ, Shahouri SH, Shaver TS, Wang S, Walitt BT, Häuser W. Polysymptomatic Distress in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Understanding disproportionate response and its spectrum. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2014 (oct); 66: 1465-1471 .PMID:24497433

Ten Klooster PM, Christenhusz LC, Taal E, Eggelmeijer F, van Woerkom JM, Rasker JJ. Feelings of guilt and shame in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Rheumatol. 2014 Jul;33(7):903-10. PMID: 24510063

Wolfe F, Walitt BT , Rasker JJ, Katz RS, and Häuser W,

The Use of Polysymptomatic Distress Categories in the Evaluation of Fibromyalgia (FM) and FM Severity J Rheumatol 2015; 42:1494-1501

Emad Y, Ragab Y, El-Naggar A, El-Shaarawy N, Abd-Allah MA, Gamal RM, Fathy A, Hawass M, Rasker JJ. Gadolinium-enhanced MRI features of acute gouty arthritis on top of chronic gouty involvement in different joints. Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Nov;34(11):1939-47

Islam MN, Ferdous N, Ten Klooster PM, Uddin MS, Nasrin S, Pal B, Rasker JJ. Translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the WHO fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX® ) into Bengali. Int J Rheum Dis. 2015; 18: 360–365 .

Emad Y, Al-Sherbeni H, Ragab Y, Abo-El-Youn I, El-Shaarawy N, Nassar DY, Fathy A, Al-Hanafi H, Rasker JJ. Vasculopathie artérielle dans la sclérodermie systémique. Caractéristiques micro- et macrovasculaire de l’angioscanner des artères des membres supérieurs _ Revue du rhumatisme 2015

Y. Ragab, M. Nabih, Kamal AA, Abd-Allah MA, El-Refai R, Emad Y, El-Naggar A, El-Shaarawy N, Rasker JJ. Magnetic resonance imaging features of hip disorders in an Egyptian pediatric population Reumatismo, 2015; 67 (2): 68-77. doi: 10.4081/reumatismo.2015.830 PMID:26492965

Persistent enthesitis and spondyloarthropathy: A case series of 71 Bangladeshi people. Siddiq MA, Hasan SA, Rasker JJ. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2015 Jun 17;28(3):463-71.

Wolfe F, Walitt BT, Rasker JJ, Katz RS, Häuser W. The Polysymptomatic Distress Scale Is Simple, Useful, and Effective in Clinical Care and Clinical and Epidemiology Studies. J Rheumatol. 2016;43:454. (Comment)

Jansen TL en Rasker JJ Valuable Verities on vitamin D. Int J Rheum 2016; 19: 329-31(editorial)

J.J.Rasker Bescheiden, intelligent accuraat, onvermoeibaar, aardig voor idereen. Liber Amicorum dr Paul MJG Peeters 2016pag 105

Ashraf Anbar , Yasser Ragab, Fatma Zeinhom, Nashwa El-Shaarawy, Yasser Emad, Ihab Abo-Elyoun, Hanan Hussein,  Johannes J. Rasker. Cam Versus Pincer Femoroacetabular Impingement. Which Type is Associated with More Hip Structural Damage? An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Study. Current Orthopaedic Practice 2016    Ref.: Ms. No. COP-S-16-00102R1

Siddiq MAB, Hossain MS, Uddin MM, Jahan I, Khasru MR, Haider NM, Rasker JJ. Piriformis Syndrome: A case series of 31 Bangladeshi people with literature review
Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol (2016). doi:10.1007/s00590-016-1853-0 European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, vol. 27, issue 2 (2017)

Islam N, Khan IH, Ferdous N, Rasker JJ. Translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the English "Short form SF 12v2" into Bengali in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 May 22;15(1):109. doi: 10.1186/s12955-017-0683-z. PMID:28532468