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Welcome to IEMO

The Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine in Old Age | IEMO aims to improve the quality of healthcare for older people, by scientifically supporting their treatment and educating professionals in the field. 


In decision-making for the treatment of a patient, the three pillars of Evidence-Based Medicine play an important role: the situation and preferences of the patient, the knowledge and experience of the care providers and the scientific evidence for the treatment. In order to improve Evidence-Based Medicine for the elderly patient, the IEMO focuses on these pillars in its projects.

Below you will find the current projects of the IEMO:

In addition, the IEMO developed an e-Learning for medical professionals about Evidence-Based Medicine in the elderly patient:


The institute was set up as a collaboration between the Dutch University Medical Centers and other healthcare organisations.

IEMO is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Wellfare and Sports and is being coordinated together with ZonMw. The Leiden University Medical Center acts as the coordinator on behalf of all partners.


Protocol IEMO 80+ Thyroid Trial


In this publication we present the study protocol: the clinical effects of levothyroxine treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism in people aged 80 years and older

Thyroid function during ageing


Recently we were involved in publishing a review article about the clinical aspects of thyroid function during ageing.

Screening for vulnerability to functional deterioration in elderly


This APOP study tried to optimise the ISAR-HP screener by testing different cut-off values.

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