dr. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters

dr. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters

Associate Professor
dr. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters
  • Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport

Research Programs




Martijn F. Pisters, PhD, PT is Associate Professor Physiotherapy Science 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 (76)

Healthcare professionals' perspectives on a blended care program in primary care; A qualitative study

Toonders S A J, Poolman E Y, Nieboer M E, Pisters M F, Veenhof C dec 2021, In: Internet Interventions. 26 6 p.

Coordinating physiotherapy care for persons with haemophilia

Timmer Merel A., Blokzijl Johan, Schutgens Roger E. G., Veenhof Cindy, Pisters Martijn F. nov 2021, In: Haemophilia. 27 , p. 1051-1061 11 p.

Patients' Perspectives on the Usability of a Blended Approach to an Integrated Intervention for Patients With Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms:Mixed Methods Study

Toonders Suze Adriana Johanna, van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, Konings Sophie, Nieboer Marianne E, Veenhof Cindy, Pisters Martijn F 28 sep 2021, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 23 , p. 1-13

Decision-Making on Referral to Primary Care Physiotherapy After Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation

Geerars Marieke, Wondergem Roderick, Pisters Martijn F. mei 2021, In: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 30 11 p.

Validity and reliability of the Dutch STarT MSK tool in patients with musculoskeletal pain in primary care physiotherapy

van den Broek Anke G., Kloek Corelien J.J., Pisters Martijn F., Veenhof Cindy 18 mrt 2021, In: PLoS ONE. 16

Stratified care integrated with eHealth versus usual primary care physiotherapy in patients with neck and/or shoulder complaints:protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

van Tilburg Mark L, Kloek Corelien J J, Pisters Martijn F, Staal J Bart, van Dongen Johanna M, de Weerd Marjolein, Ostelo Raymond W J G, Foster Nadine E, Veenhof Cindy 5 feb 2021, In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 22 15 p.

An exploration of sedentary behavior patterns in community-dwelling people with stroke:A cluster-based analysis

Hendrickx Wendy, Riveros Carlos, Askim Torunn, Bussmann Johannes B.J., Callisaya Michele L., Chastin Sebastien F.M., Dean Catherine, Ezeugwu Victor, Jones Taryn M., Kuys Suzanne S., Mahendran Niruthikha, Manns Patricia J., Mead Gillian, Moore Sarah A., Paul Lorna, Pisters Martijn F., Saunders David H., Simpson Dawn B., Tieges Zoë, Verschuren Olaf, English Coralie 2021, In: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 45 , p. 221-227 7 p.

Movement behaviour patterns in patients with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis in the physical therapy setting:a cross-sectional study

de Hoop Anne Maria Sjoerdtje, Kloek Corelien Jacoba Johanna, Pisters Martijn Frits, Veenhof Cindy 6 okt 2020, In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 21 , p. 1-9

A Blended Physiotherapy Intervention for Persons With Hemophilic Arthropathy:Development Study

Timmer Merel A, Kloek Corelien J J, de Kleijn Piet, Kuijlaars Isolde A R, Schutgens Roger E G, Veenhof Cindy, Pisters Martijn F 19 jun 2020, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22

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