Preventing Failed Interventions in Behavorial Research [MP05]

Course highlights

EC points




Course days

Monday to Friday


Adriaan van 't Spijker, PhD, and others

Course fee

€ 870


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




  • Medical Psychology


How to apply

Detailed information about this course:


This course elaborates on intervention development, implementation and evaluation in the field of medical psychology. The focus is on learning from encountered difficulties, mistakes en failures from previous research and researchers. Questions that will be discussed are:

  • How to design an intervention taken into account both common and specific therapy factors?
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of your intervention and not the effectiveness of the therapist?
  • How to motivate other professionals and institutions to cooperate in a multicenter trial?
  • How to prevent loss to follow-up and dropout?
  • How to prevent various biases in your outcome measures?
  • What is the best available outcome instrument for the intervention studied?
  • How to determine which elements of your intervention are most effective?
  • How to implement your intervention?


  • Understanding the rationale of interventions in the psychosocial care for somatic patients;
  • Understanding the development of psychological interventions incorporating common and specific therapy factors;
  • Understanding the difficulties and barriers in psychological intervention research;
  • Being able to choose and apply different strategies in psychological intervention research;
  • Being able to choose an appropriate outcome measure, based on a state-of-the-art overview of psychological questionnaires.

Participant profile

This elective is for researchers of (psychological) intervention studies. Basic statistical knowledge and basis knowledge about study design is assumed to be present.



Reduction on fees


50% reduction on our fees for participating institutes of NIHES

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the departments or sections participating in NIHES.

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam:

  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Psychiatry, Section of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology
  • Department of Medical Informatics
  • Department of General Practice
  • Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management
  • Generation R

50% reduction on our fees for NIHES affiliated partners

This 50% reduction is offered to participants formally appointed at the following NIHES affiliated partners:

University Medical Center Rotterdam/Erasmus University Rotterdam, departments of:

  • Dermatology
  • General Paediatrics
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine

Institute of Medical Education Research Rotterdam (iMERR)

Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

  • Department of Cancer Epidemiology

25% reduction on our fees for partner institutes of NIHES

For participants formally appointed at the following departments, institutes:

  • Departments of Erasmus MC (except the departments mentioned above)
  • Addiction Research Institute (IVO)
  • Integraal Kankercentrum Zuid (IKZ)
  • Pallas Health Research and Consultancy
  • Municipal Health Service Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam)
  • Municipal Health Service Rotterdam (GGD Rotterdam)
  • Havenpolikliniek
  • Admiraal De Ruyter Ziekenhuis

25% reduction for all (international) PhD students
Please state your supervisor/promotor’s name and email address on the application form (remarks field).

25% reduction on our course fees (maximum 3 EC points per academic year) for all NIHES alumni
Please state that you are a NIHES alumnus/alumna and the academic year you graduated (remarks field). Please note that the reduction on fees for alumni does not apply to the Erasmus Summer Programme.