Robbert Sanderman

Robbert Sanderman
University of Groningen | RUG · University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

Full professor at University of Groningen and University Twente (Health Psychology)

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February 2013 - present
University of Twente
Position
  • Professor (Full)
January 1999 - present
University of Groningen
Position
  • Professor
Education
November 1983 - December 1988
University of Groningen
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 1975 - September 1983
University of Groningen
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology

Publications

Publications (512)
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Objective This study investigated the course, predictors, and impact of caregiving stress on the functioning of primary caregivers of children with cancer during the first year after a child's cancer diagnosis.Methods Primary caregivers (N = 95, 100% mother, 86% response rate) of consecutive newly diagnosed paediatric cancer patients (0-18 years) c...
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High neuroticism predicts psychopathology and physical health problems. Nongenetic factors, including major life events and experiences, explain approximately half of the variance in neuroticism. Conversely, neuroticism also predicts these life experiences. In this study, we aimed to quantify the reciprocal causation between neuroticism and life ex...
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Introduction: Sleep problems are common in patients with heart failure (HF) and might be associated with patient outcomes. Aims: The aim of this study was to describe the course of sleep problems in HF patients over 1 year and the association between sleep problems and rehospitalization. Methods: Data from 499 HF patients (mean age, 70 years) were...
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Objective: Depression is a common comorbidity of diabetes, undesirably affecting patients' physical and mental functioning. Psychological interventions are effective treatments for depression in the general population as well as in patients with a chronic disease. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of individual mindfulness-based cog...
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Abstract Co-morbid conditions are frequently found in patients with COPD. We evaluate the association of co-morbidities with mortality, in stable COPD. 224 patients, mean age 61.2 (±10.00), 48.2% female, mean FEV1 1.1 (±0.5) liters, median follow-up time 4.2 years, participated. Medical co-morbidities were scored according to the Charlson Co-morbid...
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Background: Psychosocial eHealth interventions for people with cancer are promising in reducing distress; however, their results in terms of effects and adherence rates are quite mixed. Developing interventions with a solid evidence base while still ensuring adaptation to user wishes and needs is recommended to overcome this. As most models of eHe...
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When schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, teachers suddenly had to teach remotely. To better understand the possible impact of these measures on teachers' work functioning and well-being, this study examined teachers’ needs. Using a thematic analysis approach analyzing the 1115 open-ended answers, three domains related to need...
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BACKGROUND Psychosocial eHealth interventions for people with cancer are promising in reducing distress, however their results in terms of effects and rates of adherence are quite mixed. To overcome this, developing interventions with a solid evidence base is recommended, while still ensuring adaptation to user wishes and needs. Since most models o...
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Objectives: The present study investigated whether illness cognitions mediated the relationship between caregiving demands and positive and negative indicators of adjustment in partners of patients with chronic pain. Methods: The sample of this cross-sectional study consisted of 151 partners (mean age=61.4, SD=13.6▒y, 57% male) of patients with...
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Objective: A waiting-list randomized controlled trial supported the effectiveness of the multimodal Untire app in reducing cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in cancer patients and survivors. However, little is known about the causal mechanisms of different app components through which the intervention effect was achieved. We aim to examine whether spec...
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Informal caregivers are those who provide unpaid care to a relative or friend with a chronic illness, disability or other long-lasting health or care need. Providing informal care in the context of chronic health conditions presents a significant global challenge. Examination of the determinants of informal caregivers’ behaviour, especially in term...
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The emergence of wearable sensors that allow for unobtrusive monitoring of physiological and behavioural patterns introduces new opportunities to study the impact of stress in a real-world context. This study explores to what extent within-subject trends in daily Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and daily HRV fluctuations are associated with longitudin...
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Introduction A demand for informal care exists worldwide. Lithuania presents an interesting case example where the need for the informal care is increasing, but relatively little research has been conducted documenting caregivers’ experiences and needs. Objectives The main objective of this study was to investigate Lithuanian informal caregiver ch...
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Background: Informal caregivers are individuals who provide care for ill, frail, or otherwise dependent family members, siblings, or friends. Due to the caregiving demands, informal caregivers are known to experience negative mental health symptoms, such as stress or anxiety. Interventions based on Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT)...
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International internet-based studies could be accessible by participants from various countries worldwide. However, the jurisdiction of research ethics committees (RECs) or institutional review boards (IRBs) is bound to geographical state or country borders. How can researchers deal with the geographical boundaries in the jurisdiction of RECs/IRBs...
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The increase of People with Dementia (PwD) living at home underscores the need for innovative eHealth technologies that support both patients and informal caregivers (IC). Sustainable implementation of eHealth technologies within this target group can, however, be difficult. Our study aims at providing an overview of (1) technologies employed in th...
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Background: The emergence of smartphones and wearable sensor technologies enables opportunities to easily and unobtrusively monitor physiological and psychological data related to an individual's resilience. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has promise as a biomarker for resilience based on between-subject population studies, but observational studies...
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Objective: Self-criticism is a self-condemning and self-compassion a supportive style of self-to-self relating. These concepts have increasingly been studied in people with cancer, but mainly with quantitative studies. This study is the first to explore how adult cancer patients experience self-criticism and self-compassion in the context of their...
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Self-care support is a key cornerstone of treatment for patients with a cardiovascular disease. The success of any supportive intervention requires adaptation to the distinct needs of individuals. This requirement also applies to eHealth interventions. This study investigates how experts from multiple fields of science assess the potential success...
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BACKGROUND eHealth can revolutionize the way self-management support is offered to chronically-ill individuals such as those with a cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, the patients’ fluctuating motivation to actually perform self-management is an important factor to account for. Tailoring and personalizing eHealth to fit with the values of indiv...
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Background eHealth can revolutionize the way self-management support is offered to chronically ill individuals such as those with a cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, patients’ fluctuating motivation to actually perform self-management is an important factor for which to account. Tailoring and personalizing eHealth to fit with the values of ind...
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BACKGROUND The increasing number of community-dwelling people with dementia worldwide underscores the need for innovative eHealth technologies that aim to provide support to both patients and their informal caregivers in the home setting. Sustainable implementation of eHealth technologies within this target group can, however, be difficult. OBJECT...
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Background: The worldwide increase in community-dwelling people with dementia underscores the need for innovative eHealth technologies that aim to provide support to both patients and their informal caregivers in the home setting. However, sustainable implementation of eHealth technologies within this target group can be difficult. Objective: Th...
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Objective: Psycho-oncological institutions offer specialized care for cancer patients. Little is known how this care might impact fatigue. This study aimed to identify fatigue trajectories during psychological care, examined factors distinguishing these trajec- tories and predicted fatigue severity after nine months of psycho- logical care. Desi...
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Objective: To investigate whether patients' psychological well-being (depression, quality of life, body image satisfaction) and functioning (self-efficacy for eating and exercising behaviours and food cravings) improve 12 months after bariatric surgery and whether self-compassion is associated with better psychological outcomes and lower weight af...
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Background: The COVID-19 lockdown could engender disruption to lifestyle behaviors, thus impairing mental wellbeing in the general population. This study investigated whether sociodemographic variables, changes in physical activity, and sleep quality from pre- to during lockdown were predictors of change in mental wellbeing in quarantined older ad...
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Background Caregiving for a family member can result in reduced well-being for the caregiver. Internet-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) may be one way to support this population. This is especially the case for caregivers in countries with limited resources, but high demand for psychological services. Objective In this study we evalua...
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BACKGROUND The emergence of smartphones and wearable sensor technologies enables easy and unobtrusive monitoring of physiological and psychological data related to an individual’s resilience. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a promising biomarker for resilience based on between-subject population studies, but observational studies that apply a withi...
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(1) Background: The COVID-19 pandemic forced people from all around the globe to strongly modify their daily routines, putting a significant strain on the social aspects of daily lives. While the first wave of the pandemic was a very challenging time in all countries, it is still uncertain whether various lockdown intensities and infection rates di...
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Background Informal caregivers represent an important and vulnerable part of society. Informal caregivers can experience negative psychological symptoms, such as depression and anxiety. Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) is a promising psychological support option that could be effective in reducing informal caregiver burden as wel...
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Introduction Social media recruitment via Facebook Ads seems to be a promising method for large-scale international trials examining the effectiveness of mHealth interventions. However, little is known about this method in terms of strategy, reach, and costs in the context of psycho-oncology. This paper presents the results of the recruitment strat...
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Symptoms of psychological distress and disorder have been widely reported in people under quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic; in addition to severe disruption of peoples' daily activity and sleep patterns. This study investigates the association between physical-activity levels and sleep patterns in quarantined individuals. An international Go...
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Background Implementation of innovations in healthcare, including new medicines, in the United Kingdom is often lacking behind other countries [1]. The slow uptake of new medicines can delay improvements in patient care and healthcare efficiency. This systematic review aimed to identify factors affecting the uptake of new medicines into practice wi...
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Objectives. Partner's responses to pain behaviours play a pivotal role in the patient's adjustment. This study aims to further our knowledge regarding patients' and partners' interpretation of partners' responses to pain behaviours, and the possible discrepancies between patients' and partners' perceptions. Further, this study examines patients' pr...
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Background Public health recommendations and government measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have enforced restrictions on daily-living. While these measures are imperative to abate the spreading of COVID-19, the impact of these restrictions on mental health and emotional wellbeing is undefined. Therefore, an international online survey (ECLB-COVI...
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Background Eliciting professionals’ experiences of current drug treatment programmes can lead to improvements of these youth-centred programmes through the involvement of the concerned youths’ families. We explored perceived barriers amongst professionals concerning interventions incorporating parents or guardians responsible for justice-involved y...
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Objectives: Partner's responses to pain behaviours play a pivotal role in the patient's adjustment. This study aims to further our knowledge regarding patients' and partners' interpretation of partners' responses to pain behaviours, and the possible discrepancies between patients' and partners' perceptions. Further, this study examines patients' p...
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Background Research has increased our understanding of the parental factors associated with the initiation and development of cannabis use disorder in adolescents, but few studies about this have been performed in middle- or low-income countries. Objective First, to examine whether perceived past parental drug use, parental monitoring, and attitud...
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Public health recommendations and governmental measures during the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have enforced numerous restrictions on daily living including social distancing, isolation, and home confinement. While these measures are imperative to mitigate spreading of COVID-19, the impact of these restrictions on psychosocial healt...
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Although recognised as effective measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing and self-isolation have been suggested to generate a burden throughout the population. To provide scientific data to help identify risk factors for the psychosocial strain during the COVID-19 outbreak, an international cross-disciplinary online...
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Objectives: Patients' pain behavior plays an important role in the interaction between patients and their partners, as acknowledged in operant models of pain. However, despite the considerable research attention to pain behaviors, the underlying motives of such behaviors are still unclear. The current study explores the motives to engage in pain b...
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Background: Blended face-to-face and web-based treatment is a promising way to deliver smoking cessation treatment. Since adherence has been shown to be an indicator of treatment acceptability and a determinant for effectiveness, we explored and compared adherence and predictors of adherence to blended and face-to-face alone smoking cessation treat...
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Objective This waiting‐list randomized controlled trial examined the effectiveness of a self‐management mHealth app in improving fatigue and quality of life (QoL) in cancer patients and survivors. Methods Persons with cancer‐related fatigue were recruited across four English speaking countries, via social media, and randomized into intervention (n...
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Prevalence of obesity and associated diseases, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia and non‐alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), are increasing. Underlying mechanisms, especially in humans, are unclear. Bariatric surgery provides the unique opportunity to obtain biopsies and portal vein blood‐samples. The BARIA Study aims to assess h...
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Background: Blended face-to-face and web-based treatment is a promising eHealth service. Since adherence has been shown to be an indicator for treatment acceptability and a determinant for effectiveness, we explored and compared adherence and predictors of adherence to a blended and a face-to-face smoking cessation treatment, both similar in conten...
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Main aim of this oral presentation was to present preliminary results of the project 'Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for informal caregivers: a randomized controlled pilot trial'.
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COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in numerous restrictions on daily living including social distancing, isolation and home confinement. While these measures are imperative to abate the spreading of COVID-19, the impact of these restrictions on health behaviours and lifestyles at home is undefined. Therefore, an international online survey was launche...
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Background: Blended web-based and face-to-face (F2F) treatment is a promising electronic health service because the strengths of one mode of delivery should compensate for the weaknesses of the other. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore this compensation by examining patients’ user experience (UX) in a blended smoking cessation treatmen...
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Introduction Informal caregivers provide the majority of care to individuals with chronic health conditions, benefiting the care recipient and reducing use of formal care services. However, providing informal care negatively impacts the mental health of many caregivers. E-mental health interventions have emerged as a way to provide accessible menta...
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Background: Public health recommendations and governmental measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in numerous restrictions on daily living including social distancing, isolation and home confinement. While these measures are imperative to abate the spreading of COVID-19, the impact of these restrictions on health behaviours and lifest...
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Background: Electronic health (eHealth) is a rapidly evolving field informed by multiple scientific disciplines. Because of this, the use of different terms and concepts to explain the same phenomena and lack of standardization in reporting interventions often leaves a gap that hinders knowledge accumulation. Interventions focused on self-manageme...
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Background Public health recommendations and governmental measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have enforced numerous restrictions on daily living including social distancing, isolation and home confinement. While these measures are imperative to mitigate spreading of COVID-19, the impact of these restrictions on psychosocial health is undefined....
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Background: Although recognised as effective measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing and self-isolation, have been suggested to generate burden throughout the population. To provide scientific data to help identify risk-factors for the psychosocial strain during the COVID-19 outbreak, an international cross-discipli...