Physiotherapists Committee Chair
Piet de Kleijn, PT, graduated as a physical therapist in 1979 from the Academy for Physical Therapy (S.U.P.A.) in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has been involved in haemophilia care since 1980 and since 1988 has been fully responsible for physiotherapy in haemophilia patients visiting the Van Creveldkliniek at the University Medical Center Utrecht.
Piet has (co)authored various scientific articles, attended and presented in most Musculoskeletal Committee (MSK) and World Congresses of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), as well as giving numerous other presentations and workshops. In 2012 he was awarded the Vincenzo Pietrogrande Award, an annual award of the MSK of the WFH. He was active in several WFH Twinning programs, including one between the Van Creveldkliniek, Utrecht and Dr. Kandou Hospital, Manado, Indonesia, which was recognised with in the Twin of the Year Award in 2011. He has also supervised numerous foreign physiotherapists and trainees through the International Haemophilia Training Center Programme and other WFH programmes. In 2007, Piet initiated a Global Physiotherapy Initiative, an effort to implement basic physiotherapy in haemophilia treatment centers world-wide, based on the concept of ‘’Train the Trainers’’. He introduced the International Classification of Functioning as well as ‘’functional milestones’’ as a model and practical approach to realize this goal. For his efforts he received the WFH “Healthcare Volunteer of the Year” award in 2012, of which he was the first non-doctor recipient.
In 2012 he initiated a 4-year Dutch project (PHYSHNET – Physical therapy in hemophilia in the Netherlands) to implement and collect evidence for the additional value of physical therapy. This project ends in 2016 and could be an example of a European approach. As a board member of the EAHAD-physio group his contribution and mission is to provide and improve access to physiotherapy in chronic, but also in acute situations. In time, physiotherapy has to be an accepted and formally implemented part of daily care of persons with haemophilia of all ages: ‘’All treatment for all’’.