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Research project

Implementation of evidence-based interventions promoting healthy lifestyles

Which factors influence the adoption, implementation and continuation of evidence based lifestyle interventions?

Winifred Gebhardt

Despite proven efficacy of many interventions that promote healthy lifestyles, the implementation of such interventions in practice is not always as desired or planned. In this line of research, we therefore  investigate the preconditions for effective adoption, implementation and continuation of evidence-based interventions. We also evaluate policy measures, and conduct formative research to support (local) governments in their efforts to enhance healthy lifestyles of their citizens.


Preconditions for effective implementation of tailored-based interventions to enhance an active life-style among high risk population (ZonMW, 2009)

The effects of the public smoking ban on current smokers’ smoking behavior and (self)conceptions, and implications for governmental communication (Miro/Pfizer, 2009)

Who takes care of the caregivers? On risk-profiles for (too) heavy perceived burden among caregivers (ZonMW, 2015)

The background of alcohol use by youth in the municipality of Teylingen: Interviews with 15-year olds and their mothers (ZonMW/Academic Workplace, 2011)


Sandjojo, J., Zedlitz, A.M.E.E., Gebhardt, W.A., Hoekman, J., Dusseldorp, E.M.L., den Haan, J. &  Evers, A.W.M. (online first). Training staff to promote self-management in people with intellectual disabilities". Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Papamikrouli, E., van Schie, C. M., Schoenmaker, J., Berge, A. B. V., & Gebhardt, W. A. (2017). Peer support needs among adults with burns. Journal of Burn Care & Research, 38(2), 112-120.

Groenenberg, I., Crone, M.R., Van Dijk, S., Gebhardt, W.A., Ben Meftah, J., Middelkoop, B.J.C., Stiggelbout, A.M., & Assendelft W.J.J. (2015). “‘Check it out!’ Decision-making of vulnerable groups about participation in a two-stage cardiometabolic health check: a qualitative study”. Patient Education and Counseling, 98:234-344.

Huijg, J.M., Gebhardt, W.A., Verheijden, M.W., Van der Zouwe, N., De Vries, J.D., Middelkoop, B.J., & Crone, M.R. (2015). Factors influencing primary health care professionals’ physical activity promotion behaviors: a systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22(1), 32-50.

Huijg, J.M., Dusseldorp, E., Gebhardt, W.A., Verheijden, M.W., Van der Zouwe, N., Middelkoop, B.J., Duijzer, G. & Crone, M.R. (2015). Physical therapists’ physical activity intervention implementation and associated factors. Physical Therapy, 95:539-577.

Huijg, J.M., Gebhardt, W.A., Dusseldorp, E., Verheijden, M. W., Middelkoop, B.J.C., & Crone, M.R. (2014). Measuring determinants of implementation behavior: psychometric properties of a questionnaire based on the Theoretical Domains Framework. Implementation Science, 9: e33

Rijsdijk, L.E., Bos, A.E.R., Lie, R., Leerlooijer, J.N., Eiling, E., Atema, V., Gebhardt, W.A., & Ruiter, R. (2014). Implementation of school-based comprehensive sex education programmes: A process evaluation of “The World Starts With Me” in Uganda. Health Education Research, 29:340-353.

Nagelhout, G.E., Willemsen, M.C., Gebhardt, W.A., Van den Putte, B., Hitchman, S.C., Crone, M.R., Fong, G.T., Van der Heiden, S., & De Vries, H. (2012). Does smoke-free legislation and smoking outside bars increase feelings of stigmatization among smokers? Findings from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Netherlands Survey. Health & Place, 18, 1436-1440.

Van der Heiden, S., Gebhardt, W.A., Willemsen, M.C., Nagelhout, G.E., & Dijkstra, A. (2013). Behavioral and psychological responses of lower educated smokers to the smoke-free legislation in Dutch hospitality venues: A qualitative study. Psychology & Health, 28, 49-66.

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