Our research group has developed tests, screening methods and interventions. These products are aimed at use by external parties, including primary, secondary, and tertiary health care institutes.

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BENEFIT for all

A healthy lifestyle is the basis for adequate management in cardiovascular and other chronic conditions. However, current initiatives to promote a healthy lifestyle are rarely linked and often do not involve the patient's personal preferences and needs. To solve this, scientists, medical specialists, entrepreneurs, and patients have joined forces in the BENEFIT project.

Our goal is to create a national ecosystem in which evidence-based interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle are embedded in a system that rewards people for taking actions that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The central element of this ecosystem is an advanced loyalty program that encourages people to live healthy in the long-term. The ecosystem connects public and private parties, integrates existing care and lifestyle programs, and is constantly fed by scientific insights. The BENEFIT initiative is initiated by Leiden University, LUMC and Vital10 together with a broad variety of public-private partners, and is financially supported by partners, such as the Dutch Heart Foundation, ZonMW and Medical Delta. We all BENEFIT.

We reward a healthy lifestyle for the benefit for all. For more information

E-coaching: cognitive-behavioural therapy in chronic somatic conditions through e-health

We offer an e-health self-management intervention that can be tailored and used for treatment of a broad variety of somatic conditions. The programme aims at learning to deal with the condition as optimally as possible. It supports patients in improving their quality of life, diminishing their physical problems (e.g., pain, fatigue, or itch-scratch problems), strengthening their social support, developing coping skills and reducing their acceptance problems.

E-coaching is based on cognitive behavioural methods. Treatment consists of several modules. Online contact with an e-health therapist and a personally tailored treatment make sure that the individual needs of the patients and health care professional are met.

E-coach has been studied in two randomised clinical trials (rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis) and has been proven effective for specific aspects of psychological and physical functioning.


Grip op pijn (grip on pain): cognitive behavioural therapy in chronic or prolonged pain through e-health

Grip op pijn is a specific application of the e-coach programme. The goal of this self-management programme is to help patients cope with pain and the effects of chronic or prolonged pain on daily life. In that way, quality of life and physical functioning can be improved. The intervention consists of six structured modules that can be tailored to the patient’s and health care professional’s needs.

Grip on pain

ViaNova©: optimising health by serious gaming

ViaNova© is a serious game that helps people (with or without a somatic condition) to optimise their health. It is complementary to an online supported training and is based on evidence-based cognitive behavioural methods.

At the beginning of the game participants can choose a coach, who will lead them through the game and provides them with information. People can also create an avatar (an ideal self) with which they can play ViaNova©. The game consists of four spaces that have their own health related theme. Participants can play games related to these themes. Currently, we are evaluating ViaNova©

ViaNova© is developed by Leiden University, Health Medical and Neuropsychology Unit in collaboration with Delft University of Technology (IT specialists: C. Eckhardt, R.A.D. de Hoog, S.Y. van den Oever, S. de Wit, B.G. Lalleman, J.M. Raes and O. Ulusoy. Graphic designers: P. van Dijk, J. de Hoog, and W. Treurniet. Serious game advisor: R. Bidarra).

ViaNova serious game
ViaNova© serious game screenshot

Online screening with Patient Profile Feedback

Patient Profile Feedback is a brief e-health self-management screening tool. It provides easy to understand insight into the specific aspects of functioning (e.g., complaints, coping skills, quality of life) that might need particular attention for the individual patient and also provides insight into changes in functioning over time. The instrument can be used for patients with somatic diseases, such as patients with rheumatic, dermatological, and renal diseases.

Within a single graph, the results are summarised per area of functioning, indicating the level of functioning in comparison to the norm group. In this graph, green indicates good functioning, orange potential risk, and red high risk. The patient perspective is also specifically included by adding the top 3 of improvement priorities of patients.

Patient Profile Feedback can be used at a regular basis (e.g., every 6 months) in standard care to map and discuss the individual need of patients for stepwise care, including the potential of (e-health) self-management interventions.

The screening tool has been developed in collaboration with the LUMC and TNO Expertise Center Lifestyle.

Patient Profile Chart

Patient participation in e-health care development

In a collaborative project of researchers of the Department of Medical Psychology of the Radboud University Medical Center (under supervision of prof. dr. Andrea Evers) and three patient research partners from the 'Psoriasis Vereniging Nederland' and the 'Reumapatiëntenbond', the input of patient research partners in the development and evaluation of e-health care developments was mapped and evaluated.

This project, financed by ZonMw and the VSBfonds, has resulted in a checklist of recommendations for researchers and patient research partners on patient participation in the development and evaluation of e-health care developments.


These questionnaires may be used freely and can be downloaded below. For more information or other languages, please contact us at

Illness Cognition Questionnaire (ICQ)


Evers, A.W.M, Kraaimaat, F.W., Van Lankveld, W., Jongen, P.J., & Bijlsma, J.W.J (2001). Beyond unfavorable thinking: The Illness Cognition Questionnaire for chronic diseases. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69(6), 1026-1036. doi: 10.1037//0022-006X.69.6.1026

Impact of Rheumatic diseases on General Health and Lifestyle (IRGL)


Evers, A.W.M, Taal, E., Kraaimaat, F.W., Jacobs, J.W.G., Abdel-Nasser, A., Rasker, J.J., & Bijlsma, J.W.J (1998). A comparison of two recently developed health status instruments for patients with arthritis: DUTCH-AIMS2 and IRGL. British Journal of Rheumatology, 37, 157-164.

Impact of chronic Skin diseases on Health and Daily Life (ISDL)

pdf (English questionnaire)
pdf (English scoring procedure)

Evers, A.W.M., Duller, P., Van de Kerkhof, P.C.M., Van der Valk, P.G.M., De Jong, E.M.J.G., Gerritsen, M.J.P., Otero, E., Verhoeven, E.W.M., Verhaak, C.M., & Kraaimaat, F.W. (2008). The Impact of Chronic Skin Disease on Daily Life (ISDL): a generic and dermatology-specific health instrument. British Journal of Dermatology, 1, 101-108. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2007.08296.x

Pain Coping Inventory (PCI)


Kraaimaat, F.W., & Evers, A.W.M. (2003). Pain-coping strategies in chronic pain patients: Psychometric characteristics of the Pain-Coping Inventory (PCI). International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 10(4), 343-363.

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