Dr. M.P. Fransen PhD

Scientific staff member (UD)
Main activities
Research, Teaching
Health literacy, decision-making and innovative intervention development
Focus of research

In curative and preventive health care, individuals are expected to make informed and shared decisions on e.g. healthy lifestyle, participation in screening, and treatment of diseases. This is particularly challenging for those who have low health literacy (insufficient skills to obtain, understand, appraise and apply health related information).
In my research programme we investigate what is needed to improve informed and shared decision making for individuals with low health literacy, and systematically develop and evaluate innovative interventions for both provision and target population.

Key publications
  • Fransen MP, Dekker E, Timmermans DRM, Uiters E, Essink-Bot ML, Accessibility of standardized information of a national colorectal cancer screening program for low health literate screening invitees: A mixed method study. PATIENT EDUC COUNS 2017;100 (2):327-336 [PubMed]
  • Fransen MP, Hopman ME, Murugesu L, Rosman AN, Smith SK, Preconception counselling for low health literate women: an exploration of determinants in the Netherlands. REPROD HEALTH 2018;15 (1):192 [PubMed]
  • Woudstra AJ, Timmermans DRM, Uiters E, Dekker E, Smets EMA, Fransen MP, Health literacy skills for informed decision making in colorectal cancer screening: Perceptions of screening invitees and experts. HEALTH EXPECT 2018;21 (3):636-646 [PubMed]
  • van der Heide I, Uiters E, Jantine Schuit A, Rademakers J, Fransen M, Health literacy and informed decision making regarding colorectal cancer screening: a systematic review. EUR J PUBLIC HEALTH 2015;25 (4):575-582 [PubMed]
  • Pander Maat H, Essink-Bot ML, Leenaars KEF, Fransen MP, A short assessment of health literacy (SAHL) in the Netherlands. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2014;14 (1):990 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

Prof. M.L. Essink-Bot † MD PhD (Diversity and quality of care)

Prof. dr. A.E. Kunst PhD (The impact of public policies on population health and health inequalities)

Other research related activities
  • Steering group, Dutch Alliance of Health Literacy
Current research funding
  • AMC
  • Fonds NUTS-OHRA
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding
  • ZonMw