Rob Houtepen

Birthdate: 15-10-1957


Personal statement:

Rob Houtepen (1957) has studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), graduating in 1983 with a thesis on personal identity and life stories. In 1987 he started in Maastricht as a junior researcher at the then department of health care ethics and philosophy. This resulted in a PhD-thesis on the status of older people in our society, assessed in the light of  liberalism, communitarianism and gerontology (1993).

Since 1992 he has been appointed as an assistant professor at the department that is now HES. Originally his teaching centred on medical philosophy and philosophy of science in the School of Health Sciences, but since 2002 on medical ethics and medical humanities in the Maastricht Medical School. There he has initiated and directed the program in clinical ethics and law, based on case discussions from daily practice. He has broadened the scope to medical professionalism, based on a concept of discussion based professionalism.

He is also a member of the review committee on euthanasia for the south of the Netherlands. He has written ethical analysis of movies for the Dutch journal on health care ethics (TGE) and for the former journal of mental health care MGV. He is an active board member of the society behind the leading Dutch website on patient stories (

Houtepen, R.H. (1993). Op zoek naar een goede ouderdom. Kam­pen: Kok Agora 1993. (Dissertation)

Rob Houtepen (1995). The Meaning of Old Age and the Distribution of Health-Care Resources Ageing and Society 15, 1995: 219-242

Houtepen, R. (1998). The Social Construction of Euthanasia and Medical Ethics in the Netherlands.. Pp. 117-144 in: Vries, R. de, Subedi, J. Bioethics and Society. Prentice Hall, 1998.

Houtepen, R., Meulen, R. ter (2000) Editors Special Issue: Solidarity in Health Care. Health Care Analysis 8 (2000) 4.

Rein Vos, Rob Houtepen, Klasien Horstman. Evidence-Based Medicine and Power Shifts in Health Care Systems. Health Care Analysis 2002.

Rob Houtepen, David Hendrikx (2003) Nurses and the virtues of dealing with existential questions in terminal palliative care. Nursing Ethics, 10 (4) 377-387

Klasien Horstman en Rob Houtepen (2005). Worstelen met Gezond Leven. Ethiek in de preventie van hart- en vaatziekten. Uitgeverij Het Spinhuis, Amsterdam. ISBN 9055892548

Moser A., Houtepen R., Spreeuwenberg, C. & Widdershoven G.: Realizing autonomy in responsive relationships. Med Health Care Philos. 2010 Aug;13 (3):215-23.

J Ubachs-Moust, R Houtepen, T van der Weijden, R Vos, and R ter Meulen.Trust in medical decison-making concerning older people. The views of key professionals in the Dutch health care practice. Health, Nov 2010;14(6):564-84.

P. Jaspers, R. Houtepen, K. Horstman. Ethical Review: Standardizing Procedures and Local Shaping of Ethical Review Practices. Social Science & Medicine 98 (2013) 311-318

Rob Houtepen. Loutering door kanker. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek 23 (2013) nr 1: 29-31

Rob Houtepen. HAVIDOL: When more is not enough. Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidszorg en Ethiek 23 (2013) nr 3: 96-97

Rob Houtepen. Van veel kleurige poppetjes naar één fel schermpje. Personalized Evidence Based Medicine in beeld. TGE jaargang 25 - nr. 4 – 2015: 127-128



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