PhD M.P. Fransen

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. 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 Mirjam P., Dekker Evelien, Timmermans Daniëlle R. M., Uiters Ellen, Essink-Bot Marie-Louise Accessibility of standardized information of a national colorectal cancer screening program for low health literate screening invitees: A mixed method study Patient education and counseling 2017;100 (2):327-336 [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]
  • van der Heide Iris, Uiters Ellen, Jantine Schuit A., Rademakers Jany, Fransen Mirjam Health literacy and informed decision making regarding colorectal cancer screening: a systematic review European journal of public health 2015;25 (4):575-582 [PubMed]
  • Pander Maat Henk, Essink-Bot Marie-Louise, Leenaars Karlijn E. F., Fransen Mirjam P. A short assessment of health literacy (SAHL) in the Netherlands BMC public health 2014;14 (1):990 [PubMed]
All Publications
Research programmes

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

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

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