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 (91)

Development and feasibility of stratified primary care physiotherapy integrated with eHealth in patients with neck and/or shoulder complaints:results of a mixed methods study

van Tilburg Mark L, Kloek Corelien J J, Foster Nadine E, Ostelo Raymond W J G, Veenhof Cindy, Staal J Bart, Pisters Martijn F Mar 2023, In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 24 14 p.

Effectiveness of an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour as a personalised secondary prevention strategy for patients with coronary artery disease:main outcomes of the SIT LESS randomised clinical trial

van Bakel B M A, Kroesen S H, Bakker E A, van Miltenburg R V, Günal A, Scheepmaker A, Aengevaeren W R M, Willems F F, Wondergem R, Pisters M F, de Bruin M, Hopman M T E, Thijssen D H J, Eijsvogels T M H 14 Feb 2023, In: The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 20

Effectiveness of a blended multidisciplinary intervention for patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms (PARASOL):A cluster randomized clinical trial

van Westrienen Paula Elisabeth, de Wit Niek, Toonders Suze, Veenhof Cindy, Gerrits Marloes, Pisters Martijn 2023, In: PLoS ONE. 18

Self-management behaviour after a physiotherapist guided blended self-management intervention in patients with chronic low back pain:A qualitative study

Achten J. P.J., Mooren-van der Meer S., Pisters M. F., Veenhof C., Koppenaal T., Kloek C. J.J. Dec 2022, In: Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 62

Proof of concept and feasibility of a blended physiotherapy intervention for persons with haemophilic arthropathy

Timmer Merel A, Kuijlaars Isolde A R, Kloek Corelien, de Kleijn Piet, Schutgens Roger E G, Veenhof Cindy, Pisters Martijn F 17 Nov 2022, In: Haemophilia. 29 , p. 290-307 18 p.

Patient Perspectives on Using a Smartphone App to Support Home-Based Exercise During Physical Therapy Treatment:Qualitative Study

Arensman Remco, Kloek Corelien, Pisters Martijn, Koppenaal Tjarco, Ostelo Raymond, Veenhof Cindy 13 Sep 2022, In: JMIR Human Factors. 9

Sedentary Behaviour Intervention as a Personalised Secondary Prevention Strategy (SIT LESS) for patients with coronary artery disease participating in cardiac rehabilitation:rationale and design of the SIT LESS randomised clinical trial

van Bakel B M A, Kroesen S H, Günal A, Scheepmaker A, Aengevaeren W R M, Willems F F, Wondergem R, Pisters M F, Dam J, Janssen A M, de Bruin M, Hopman M T E, Thijssen D H J, Eijsvogels T M H 25 May 2022, In: BMJ open sport & exercise medicine. 8 , p. 1-11 61 p.

Movement behavior patterns composition remains stable, but individuals change their movement behavior pattern over time in people with a first-ever stroke

van der Laag Patricia J., Wondergem Roderick, Pisters Martijn F. 22 Apr 2022, In: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity. 19 , p. 1-11

The 3-Month Effectiveness of a Stratified Blended Physiotherapy Intervention in Patients With Nonspecific Low Back Pain:Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

Koppenaal Tjarco, Pisters Martijn F., Kloek Corelien J.J., Arensman Remco M., Ostelo Raymond W.J.G., Veenhof Cindy 25 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 24 , p. 1-16

Intra-assessor reliability and measurement error of ultrasound measures for foot muscle morphology in older adults using a tablet-based ultrasound machine

Willemse Lydia, Wouters Eveline J M, Pisters Martijn F, Vanwanseele Benedicte 25 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 15

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