dr. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters

Assistant Professor

  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport

dr. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters

Research Programs


Martijn F. Pisters, PhD, PT is senior researcher Physiotherapy research at the UMC Utrecht Brain Center – Utrecht University and program coordinator of the educational master of science program Physiotherapy Science, Clinical Health Sciences at Utrecht University.

His research aims to contribute to empowering patients towards sustainable movement behavioural change.

His  research focuses on:

(1)     Movement behavioural patterns, exercise behaviour and adherence in relation to patients functioning and health;

(2)     Health behaviour coaching, eCoaching and monitoring technology to stimulate sustainable health and movement behavioural change;

(3)     Innovative integrated primary care models to improve self-management, long-term effectiveness and more personalized care, proactive prevention and integrated care.

Martijn Pisters is program leader and founder of the Center for Physiotherapy Research & Innovation in Primary Care (NL: Academische Werkplaats eerstelijns Fysiotherapie,, a collaboration in research, innovation and education between Fontys University of Applied Sciences, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, and the Leidsche Rijn Julius Health Care Centers.

Furthermore, he is professor (lector) Empowering Healthy Behaviour, at the department Health Innovation and Technology, at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven and has extensive teaching experience in clinical research, methodology, statistics, and physiotherapy.

He currently supervises ten PhD students and coordinates several large studies, e.g. RISE cohort study on sedentary behaviour in stroke survivors (NWO); PARASOL study: proactive, integrated and blended primary care to prevent chronic medically unexplained physical symptoms (NWO); e-Exercise Low back Pain: blended physiotherapy in patients with low back pain (NWO); RISE intervention study on Feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of the RISE intervention to reduce and interrupt sedentary behaviour in community dwelling sedentary people after stroke (NWO); e-Exercise haemophilia: blended physiotherapy in primary care on to improve joint health, physical functioning and movement behaviour (Pfiser). Several research projects are conducted in international collaboration (e.g. Boston University, USA; New Castle University, Australia; Keele University, UK; KU Leuven, Belgium)

Martijn F. Pisters, PhD, PT graduated as Physiotherapist BSc (2002), Physiotherapy Scientist MSc (2006) and Clinical Epidemiologist MSc (2009). Besides working as a physiotherapist in primary care, he started in 2006 a PhD project at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) and VU University Amsterdam. In 2010, he completed his PhD thesis on exercise adherence and long term effectiveness of exercise therapy in patients with osteoarthritis. As a post-doc researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) he studied the course of physical functioning in elderly with osteoarthritis and primary care Cardiovascular Risk Management.  


Research Output (60)

Quality of life in primary care patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms

Van Westrienen P. E., Pisters M. F., Toonders S. A. J., Gerrits M., De Wit N. J., Veenhof C. mrt 2020, In: Quality of Life Research. 29 , p. 693-703 11 p.

Movement Behavior Patterns in People With First-Ever Stroke

Wondergem Roderick, Veenhof Cindy, Wouters Eveline M.J., de Bie Rob A., Visser-Meily Johanna M.A., Pisters Martijn F. 1 dec 2019, In: Stroke. 50 , p. 3553-3560 8 p.

Identifying subgroups based on self-management skills in primary care patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms

Beems M. E.C., Toonders S. A.J., van Westrienen P. E., Veenhof C., Pisters M. F. 1 okt 2019, In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 125

Current use of PROMs and factors associated with their use in patients with nonspecific low back pain

Brinkman Marjon, Barten Di-Janne, Pisters Martijn, Verheij Robert okt 2019, In: Learning Health Systems. 3

Identification of patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms in primary care with a five years follow-up

van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, Pisters Martijn Frits, Veenhof Cindy, de Wit Nicolaas Johannes 21 mei 2019, In: BMC Family Practice. 20

Identifying factors associated with sedentary time after stroke. Secondary analysis of pooled data from nine primary studies

Hendrickx Wendy, Riveros Carlos, Askim Torunn, Bussmann Johannes B.J., Callisaya Michele L., Chastin Sebastien F.M., Dean Catherine M., Ezeugwu Victor E., Jones Taryn M., Kuys Suzanne S., Mahendran Niruthikha, Manns Trish J., Mead Gillian, Moore Sarah A., Paul Lorna, Pisters Martijn F., Saunders David H., Simpson Dawn B., Tieges Zoë, Verschuren Olaf, English Coralie 26 apr 2019, In: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 26 , p. 327-334 8 p.

Identifying Treatment Modalities for a Multidisciplinary and Blended Care Intervention for Patients With Moderate Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms:Qualitative Study Among Professionals

van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, Pisters Martijn F., Gerrits Marloes, Veenhof Cindy, de Wit Niek J. 12 apr 2019, In: JMIR mental health. 6

Effectiveness of a blended multidisciplinary intervention for patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms (PARASOL):Protocol for a cluster randomized clinical trial

Van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, Pisters Martijn F., Toonders Suze A.J., Gerrits Marloes, Veenhof Cindy, De Wit Niek J. 1 mei 2018, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 7

Movement behaviour in adults with haemophilia compared to healthy adults

Timmer M. A., Pisters M. F., de Kleijn P., de Bie R. A., Schutgens R. E.G., Veenhof C. 2018, In: Haemophilia. 24 , p. 445-451 7 p.

Validation and responsiveness of the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument Computerized Adaptive Test in community-dwelling stroke survivors

Wondergem Roderick, Pisters Martijn F, Wouters Eveline J, de Bie Rob A, Visser-Meily Johanna M, Veenhof Cindy 2018, In: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. 55 , p. 424-432 9 p.

All Research Output (60)