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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 (41)

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

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

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

Reproducibility of Ultrasonographic Measurements of the Ulnar Nerve at the Cubital Tunnel

Fink Alexandra, Teggeler Marlijn, Schmitz Marc, Janssen Jaap, Pisters Martijn 1 feb 2017, In: Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. 43 , p. 439-444 6 p.

PROMS 2.0: Computerized Adaptive Testing

Arensman RM, Pisters MF feb 2017, In: FysioPraxis . 2017 , p. 28-30

The Course of Activities in Daily Living:Who Is at Risk for Decline after First Ever Stroke?

Wondergem Roderick, Pisters Martijn F, Wouters Eveline J, Olthof Nick, de Bie Rob A, Visser-Meily Johanna M A, Veenhof Cindy feb 2017, In: Cerebrovascular Diseases. 43 , p. 1-8 8 p.

Lateral trunk lean and medializing the knee as gait strategies for knee osteoarthritis

Gerbrands T. A., Pisters M. F., Theeven P. J R, Verschueren S., Vanwanseele B. 1 jan 2017, In: Gait & Posture. 51 , p. 247-253 7 p.

How do patients and professionals differentiate between intra-articular joint bleeds and acute flare-ups of arthropathy in patients with haemophilia?

Timmer M. A., Pisters M. F., de Kleijn P., Veenhof C., Laros-van Gorkom B. A P, Kruip M. J H A, de Bie R. A., Schutgens R. E G 1 mei 2016, In: Haemophilia. 22 , p. 368-373 6 p.

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