drs. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters Assistant Professor
- Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport
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).