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drs. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters Assistant Professor

  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport

M.F. Pisters


Research Programs


Martijn F. Pisters, PhD, PT graduated as Physiotherapist (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.  


Since 2008 he is assistant professor Physiotherapy Research at University Medical Center Utrecht  and senior researcher Health Innovation and Technology (2010-currently) at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He is program coordinator of the educational master of science program Physiotherapy Science, Clinical Health Sciences, Utrecht University. 


Martijn Pisters is program leader (and founder) of the Center for Physiotherapy Research & Innovation in Primary Care (www.AWFUtrecht.nl ), a collaboration in research, innovation and education between Julius Health Care Centers, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, and University Medical Center Utrecht.


Main research interest of Martijn Pisters is directed at translational and clinical physiotherapy research and innovation in primary care. He is especially interested in (1) physical movement behavioral patterns in relation to patients functioning and health, (2) coaching and monitoring using e-health and technology in primary care physiotherapy, and (3) the role of physiotherapy in integrated primary care. 


He currently supervises eight PhD students and coordinates several large studies, e.g. RISE cohort study on sedentary behavior in stroke survivors (NWO); PARASOL study: proactive, integrated and blended primary care to prevent chronic medically unexplained physical symptoms (NWO); and e-Exercise Low back Pain: blended physiotherapy in patients with low back pain (NWO).

Research Output (55)

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.

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.

Measuring activities and participation in persons with haemophilia:A systematic review of commonly used instruments

Timmer M. A., Gouw S. C., Feldman B. M., Zwagemaker A., de Kleijn P., Pisters M. F., Schutgens R. E.G., Blanchette V., Srivastava A., David J. A., Fischer K., van der Net J. 27 nov 2017, In: Haemophilia. 24 , p. e33-e49

Monitoring joint health in haemophilia:Factors associated with deterioration

Kuijlaars I. A.R., Timmer M. A., de Kleijn P., Pisters M. F., Fischer K. nov 2017, In: Haemophilia. 23 , p. 934-940 7 p.

Partieel belasten van het been: Hoe accuraat en bruikbaar zijn biofeedbacksystemen?

van Lieshout Remko, Stukstette Mirelle, de Bie R., Vanwanseele B., Pisters MF jun 2017, In: FysioPraxis . 2017 , p. 38-40

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