Taal, dr. E. (Erik)

dr. E. Taal

Associate Professor

Building: Cubicus, room B123
Telefoon: +31 (0)53 – 489 6069; +31 (0)53 – 489 4470 (secretary)
Fax: +31 (0)53 – 489 2895


Erik Taal is trained as a social psychologist. His expertise lies in the domain of health psychology. He wrote his Phd thesis about patient education and self-management in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Erik Taal is involved in research concerning psychosocial aspects of rheumatic diseases. This research is performed in cooperation with the Arthritis Centre Twente (Department of Rheumatology and clinical immunology of the hospital Medisch Spectrum Twente in Enschede).

Central theme of the research is “The patient perspective”. Two research lines can be distinguished: “Patient support and information technology” and “Evaluation of instruments for the assessment of health status and quality of life”.


  • Assessment and Health Psychology (Minor Psychology)
  • Behavioural Medicine (MA- Health Psychology)
  • Capita Selecta Health Psychology (MA- Health Psychology)
  • Supervision of bachelor & master theses (Health Psychology)
  • Research assignment (BA-Psychology)
  • Health communication (BA- Health Sciences)


Ongoing projects:

  • Patient involvement in RA-treatment decisions; patient preferences, current practices and the development & evaluation of two computerized Patient Decision Aids (PtDA’s) (researcher Ingrid Nota) (Financially supported by the Dutch Arthritis foundation)
  • Goal management: A way to successfully adapt to arthritis (Researcher R. Arends)
  • Evaluation of the Dutch PROMIS physical function item bank and computerized adaptive test in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (Researcher M. Oude Voshaar) (Financially supported by the Dutch Arthritis foundation)
  • Modeling disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients using item response theory.(Researcher L. Siemons)
  • Implementation of a computerized adaptive test for fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (Researcher S. Nikolaus) (Financially supported by the Dutch Arthritis foundation)
  • DREAM: Dutch Rheumatoid Arthritis Monitoring (projectleaders Prof. Dr. M.A.F.J van de Laar and Prof. Dr. P.L.M.C. van Riel, Rheumatology, Radboud University)

Recently finished projects:

  • E-health in Rheumatology; development and evaluation of an ‘Interactive Health Communication Application’ for patients with Rheumatic disease (researcher Roos van der Vaart)
  • Valuation of health related quality of life form a patient perspective (Researcher L. Buitinga) (full-text phd-thesis)
  • Translation and validation of the Effective Consumer Scale
  • Fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (Researcher S. Nikolaus) (full-text phd-thesis)
  • The value of internet discussion groups for people with rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and fibromyalgia (Researcher C.F. van Uden-Kraan) (full-text phd-thesis) (Financially supported by ZON-MW with co-financing by Dutch Arthritis Association and Integraal Kankercentrum Stedendriehoek Twente)
  • Psychometric properties of patient reported outcome measures in rheumatology (Researcher M. Veehof)
  • Interpreting patient reported outcomes in rheumatology (Researcher P. ten Klooster) (full-text phd-thesis)


  • Coordinator SRO Health Assessment and Promotion
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, of the Dutch Arthritis Foundation.
  • Chair of the Dutch study group for social scientific research in rheumatic diseases (SWORA)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee Allied Health Professionals of the European league against rheumatism (EULAR) (
  • Coordinator of the Psychology Study Group of the European league against rheumatism (EULAR)
  • Member of Editorial Board of the journal Patient Education and Counseling (
  • Member of Editorial Board of the journal Current Rheumatology Reviews (
  • Member of Editorial Board of The Open Rheumatology Journal (