Irene Korstjens

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We compared the effect of a 12-week group-based multidisciplinary self-management rehabilitation program, combining physical training (twice weekly) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (once weekly) with the effect of 12-week group-based physical training (twice weekly) on cancer survivors’ quality of life over a 1-year period. One hundred forty-seven(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The admission to a hospital for elective surgery, like arthroplasty, can be planned ahead. The elective nature of arthroplasty and the increasing stimulus of the public to critically select a hospital raise the issue of how patients actually take such decisions. The aim of this paper is to describe the decision-making process(More)
OBJECTIVE to explore low-risk pregnant women's views on their preferences for psychosocial support from midwives during their transition to motherhood. DESIGN a qualitative design with focus-group interviews and thematic analysis of the discussions. SETTINGS AND RESPONDENTS: 21 Dutch participants were included in three focus groups. Groups 1 (n=7) and 3(More)
We compared the effect of a group-based 12-week supervised exercise programme, i.e. aerobic and resistance exercise, and group sports, with that of the same programme combined with cognitive-behavioural training on physical fitness and activity of cancer survivors. One hundred and forty seven cancer survivors (all cancer types, medical treatment >or=3(More)
OBJECTIVE Group-based physical training interventions have been shown to be effective in increasing quality of life in cancer survivors. Until now, however, the impact of cohesion within the group on intervention outcome has not been investigated. METHODS We examined self-reported individual group cohesion ratings collected in the first half of a 12-week(More)
OBJECTIVE To get insights into the decision-making strategy of health-care consumers when confronted with comparative consumer information. METHODS Qualitative descriptive study among 18 consumers who had a hip or knee replacement no longer than five years ago. To study their decision-making strategies a paper draft for a website was used providing(More)
OBJECTIVE Mediating mechanisms of a 12-week group-based exercise intervention on cancer survivors' quality of life (QoL) were examined to inform future exercise intervention development. METHODS Two hundred nine cancer survivors ≥ 3 months posttreatment (57% breast cancer) aged 49.5 (± 10.4) years were assigned to physical exercise (n = 147) or wait-list(More)
An existing 12-week cancer rehabilitation group programme, combining physical training and psychosocial sessions, was recently tested in a quantitative longitudinal cohort study (n = 658) among adult patients who have problems coping with cancer. Results showed improvements in all quality of life domains. The objective of the present study was to explore(More)
We tested the effects on problem-solving, anxiety and depression of 12-week group-based self-management cancer rehabilitation, combining comprehensive physical training (PT) and cognitive-behavioural problem-solving training (CBT), compared with PT. We expected that PT + CBT would outperform PT in improvements in problem-solving (Social Problem-Solving(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the use of a submaximal exercise test in detecting change in fitness level after a physical training program, and to investigate the correlation of outcomes as measured submaximally or maximally. DESIGN A prospective study in which exercise testing was performed before and after training intervention. SETTING Academic and general(More)