dr. M.F. (Martijn) Pisters Assistant Professor
- Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Science & Sport
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.
Currently he 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. Furthermore, he is professor (lector) Health Innovation and Technology at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven and has extensive teaching experience in clinical research, methodology and statistics, and physiotherapy.
Martijn Pisters is program leader and founder of the Center for Physiotherapy Research & Innovation in Primary Care (NL: Academische Werkplaats eerstelijns Fysiotherapie, www.awf.lrjg.nl), 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.
Main research interest of Martijn Pisters is focused on integration of monitoring, coaching and e-Health technology in health care to improve functioning, adherence and self-management; ultimately resulting in more personalized, proactive and integrated care. He is especially interested in (1) movement behavioural patterns, exercise behaviour and adherence in relation to patients functioning and health, (2) coaching and monitoring using e-health and technology to stimulate sustainable health and movement behavioural change, and (3) innovative integrated primary care models to improve self-management, long-term effectiveness and secondary or tertiary prevention.
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)