Mark van Tilburg is affiliated as a PhD candidate with the Research group Innovation of Movement Care. The aim of his doctoral research is to improve physiotherapy care for patients with neck and/or shoulder complaints by personalising the presentation and content of care.
Mark completed his master’s degree in Physiotherapy while working at a primary physiotherapy care practice, working as a research assistant at University Medical Centre Utrecht, and while working within the Fysio Future Lab of the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. After this, he went straight on to pursue his doctorate, with research into stratified physiotherapy (blended) care for patients with neck and/or shoulder complaints.
"As an entrepreneur, I want to be able to contribute to even better and personalised physiotherapy care"
In his doctoral research, Mark investigates a method by which the physical therapist can determine what form the treatment should take for each individual. Physiotherapists are given tools to determine the suitability for blended physiotherapy (integration with an app) and the risk of long-term complaints. Treatment is then customised based on this analysis.
Fields of expertise
- Neck and shoulder complaints
- Stratified care
- Blended physical therapy
- Demographic and health-related factors associated with reduced work functioning in people with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms: a cross-sectional study
- Feasibility of a stratified blended physiotherapy intervention for patients with non-specific low back pain: a mixed methods study
- Development and proof of concept of a blended physiotherapeutic intervention for patients with non-specific low back pain