prof. drs. X. (Martijn) Wellens

prof. drs. X. (Martijn) Wellens

Associate Professor
prof. drs. X. (Martijn) Wellens
  • 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 (81)

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 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 24

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

The effect of interventions anticipated to improve plantar intrinsic foot muscle strength on fall-related dynamic function in adults:a systematic review

Willemse Lydia, Wouters Eveline J.M., Bronts Henk M., Pisters Martijn F., Vanwanseele Benedicte 20 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 15 , p. 1-18

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.

Self-Efficacy Is a Modifiable Factor Associated with Frailty in Those with Minor Stroke:Secondary Analysis of 200 Cohort Respondents

Aminu Abodunrin Quadri, Wondergem Roderick, Van Zaalen Yvonne, Pisters Martijn 8 Oct 2021, In: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra. 11 , p. 99-105 7 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. May 2021, In: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 30 11 p.

The course of physical functioning in the first two years after stroke depends on peoples' individual movement behavior patterns

Wondergem Roderick, Pisters Martijn F, Wouters Eveline Jm, de Bie Rob A, Veenhof Cindy, Visser-Meily Johanna Ma 7 Apr 2021, In: International Journal of Stroke. 17 , p. 83-92 10 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 Mar 2021, In: PLoS ONE. 16

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