Ivan (I.P.J.) Huijnen

Phone: +31433882162
Room: C3.536


Personal statement:

Senior Researcher, Research Program Functioning and Rehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

In addition to his research activities, Ivan works in Adelante as project manager.



Health sciences (specialty movement sciences) at Maastricht University and Physiotherapy at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Good Clinical Practice (GCP), April 2011; Clinical Trial Center Maastricht / Dutch Federation of University Medical Centres
Course: Single Case Experimental Design, 2012; Maastricht University / Catholic University Louvain
Teaching Certification (Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs (BKO)), 2015

pain rehabilitation, Optimizing care pathways, Activity monitoring, Human movement sciences, Physiotherapy

Expertise in the field of Chronic pain and rehabilitation
Within this theme, one of the areas of interest is improving the organization of rehabilitation treatment of patients with chronic pain. One aim is to develop a stepped care approach from primary care (general practitioner, physiotherapist), to secondary and tertiary care (multidisciplinary rehabilitation in the hospital and specialized rehabilitation centre). In addition an aim is evaluating whether it is possible to shift rehabilitation care of patients with chronic back pain to primary care. In order to evaluate this, rehabilitation programs for physiotherapists in primary care will be developed and the chain between primary, secondary and tertiary care on back pain should be further improved.
A second area of interest is the physical functioning of patients with chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. Much research so far has focused on the presence of decreased physical functioning levels and avoidance behaviour in patients with chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome. However, lower activity levels have not consistently been found. Therefore more research is needed to get insight in the activity-related behavioural styles. In these studies self-reports and activity registration systems to objectively quantify the patients’ activity related behaviour will be used. The consequences of the different styles of activity-related behaviour for disability and quality of life will be evaluated.


CAPHRI Care and Public Health Research Institute (Assistant professor)