Blended therapy: an innovative approach to implement and promote adherence to physical exercise training in patients with Inflammatory Myopathy

Pierrette Baschung

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal

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The main aims of this thesis were, 1) to develop an interactive tabled-based exercise application, 2) to evaluate the usability of this application, and 3) to test the feasibility of a blended therapy combining this application with face-to-face physiotherapy sessions for patients with an inflammatory myopathy. To know the best training regime for these patients, we performed a systematic review evaluating the application of exercise training principles and accordingly, evidence-based exercise guidelines were developed. Because the measurement properties of commonly used measurement instruments were not yet known, we also evaluated the measurement quality of two strength tests and a German questionnaire about activity limitation.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • de Bie, Robert, Supervisor
  • de Bruin, E. D., Supervisor, External person
  • Knols, R., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date17 Jun 2021
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789464232431
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Exercise
  • blended therapy
  • tele-rehabilitation
  • myositis
  • measurement instrument
  • strength training

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