M.P. Fransen PhD

Assistant Professor, Research Associate
Main activities
Education, Research
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. participation in screening and vaccination programs, lifestyle changes, and treatment of diseases. This requires adequate health literacy skills, also defined as individual skills to obtain, understand, appraise and apply health related information to make informed decisions.

In my research program we gain insight in informed and shared decision making in curative and preventive health care and systematically develop and evaluate interventions for health care providers, citizens and patients, thereby taking into account diversity in health literacy skills. We are specifically interested in innovative strategies to support informed and shared decision making such as digital decision support tools, blended training programs, applied games, and new media.

In addition to this research program, I am actively involved as a teacher and coordinator in the Bachelor and Master programmes ‘Medical Informatics’ and ‘Medicine’. I am a member of the Educational Committee that controls and contributes to the quality of education in Medical Informatics, and as coordinator 'Academic and Professional Skills Development' I am actively involved in the development of the new Bachelor for Medical Informatics (MI-X).

Key publications
  • Fransen Mirjam P., Hopman Miriam E., Murugesu Laxsini, Rosman Ageeth N., Smith Sian K. Preconception counselling for low health literate women: an exploration of determinants in the Netherlands Reproductive health 2018;15 (1):192 [PubMed]
  • Woudstra Anke J., Timmermans Daniëlle R. M., Uiters Ellen, Dekker Evelien, Smets Ellen M. A., Fransen Mirjam P. Health literacy skills for informed decision making in colorectal cancer screening: Perceptions of screening invitees and experts Health expectations 2018;21 (3):636-646 [PubMed]
  • Woudstra Anke J., Smets Ellen M. A., Dekker Evelien, Broens Tom H. F., Penning Judith, Smith Sian, McCaffery Kirsten, Fransen Mirjam P. Development and pilot-testing of a colorectal cancer screening decision aid for individuals with varying health literacy levels Patient education and counseling 2019;102 (10):1847-1858 [PubMed]
  • Derksen M. E., van Strijp S., Kunst A. E., Daams J. G., Jaspers M. W. M., Fransen M. P. Serious games for smoking prevention and cessation: A systematic review of game elements and game effects Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2020;27 (5):818-833 [PubMed]
  • van der Giessen Jeanine A. M., Ausems Margreet G. E. M., van den Muijsenbergh Maria E. T. C., van Dulmen Sandra, Fransen Mirjam P. Systematic development of a training program for healthcare professionals to improve communication about breast cancer genetic counseling with low health literate patients Familial cancer 2020;19 (4):281-290 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

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

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

Current research funding
  • AMC
  • Crediteurenadm. VUmc, p/a Profource Service Center
  • RIVM
  • ZonMw