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University Medical Center Groningen
Dept of Community & Occupational Health
Antonius Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, the Netherlands

Assoc. Prof. J.P. van Dijk (1950) graduated in Medicine as well as in Law and Public Administration and is a specialist in the field of Public Health. He is appointed as an Associate Professor and Principle Researcher in the Department of Community & Occupational Health at the University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. He lectures for medical students on the following topics: the Organisation of the Health Care System in the Netherlands and formerly also on Health Law, a compulsory subject for medical students. The subject of his PhD thesis focused on the structural determinants of municipal health policy in the Netherlands. He has been co-operating with PJ Safarik University since 1994. His collaborative research in the UPJS Medical Faculty has been focused on the Social Determinants of Health in Adolescents, on Chronic Disease and their participation in society. Since the early 1990s, he has co-operated with universities in a number of Central European countries. He was one of the founders of the Central European Network and of KISH, and a Scientific Director of KISH.

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(S)SCI articles

  1. Behanova M, Reijneveld SA, Nagyova I, Katreniakova Z, van Ameijden EJ, Dijkshoorn H, van Dijk JP. Are area-level and individual-level socioeconomic factors associated with self-rated health in adult urban citizens? Evidence from Slovak and Dutch cities. European Journal of Public Health 2017, 27, Suppl_2:86-92
  2. Benka J, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Macejova Z, Lazurova I, van der Klink JL, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Social participation and health related quality of life in early and established rheumatoid arthritis patients Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities 2016, 28:381–392
  3. Benka J, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Macejova Z, Lazurova I, van der Klink JL, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Social participation in early and established rheumatoid arthritis patients. Disability and Rehabilitation 2016, 38, 12:1172-1179
  4. Sudzinova A, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Studencan M, Vargova H, Middel B, van Dijk JP, Reijneveld SA. Seven years’ mortality in Roma and non-Roma patients after coronary angiography. European Journal of Public Health 2015, 25, 5:765–769
  5. Mikula P, Nagyova I, Krokavcova M, Vitkova M, Rosenberger J, Szilasiova J, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. The mediating effect of coping on the association between fatigue and quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis. Psychology, Health and Medicine 2015, 20, 6: 653-661
  6. Gavelova M, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Krokavcova M, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Importance of an individual’s evaluation of functional status for health-related quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Health Journal, 2015, 8:372-379
  7. Skorvanek M, Gdovinova Z, Rosenberger J, Ghorbani Saeedian R, Nagyova I, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. The associations between fatigue, apathy, and depression in Parkinson’s disease. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 2015,133: 80-87
  8. Mikula P, Nagyova I, Krokavcova M, Vitkova M, Rosenberger J, Szilasiova J, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Social participation and health-related quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Health Journal 2015, 8: 29-34
  9. Kolvek G, Podracka L, Rosenberger J, Stewart RE, van Dijk JP, Reijneveld SA. Solitary Functioning Kidney in Children-A Follow-Up Study. Kidney & Blood Pressure Research 2014, 39:272-278
  10. Prihodova L, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Majernikova M, Roland R, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Adherence in patients in the first year after kidney transplantation and its impact on graft loss and mortality: a cross-sectional and prospective study. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2014, 70, 12:2871-2883
  11. Behanova M, Katreniakova Z, Nagyova I, van Ameijden EJC, Dijkshoorn H, van Dijk JP, Reijneveld SA. The effect of neighbourhood unemployment on health-risk behaviours in elderly differs between Slovak and Dutch cities. European Journal of Public Health 2015, 25, 1: 108-114
  12. Vitkova M, Gdovinova Z, Rosenberger J, Szilasiova J, Nagyova I, Mikula P, Krokavcova M, Groothoff J.W., van Dijk J.P. Factors associated with poor sleep quality in patients with multiple sclerosis differ by disease duration. Disability and Health Journal 2014, 7:466-471
  13. Benka J, Nagyova I, Rosenberger, Macejova Z, Lazurova I, van der Klink J, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Is coping self-efficacy related to psychological distress in early and established rheumatoid arthritis patients? Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities 2014, 26:285-297.
  14. Behanova M, Nagyova I, Katreniakova Z, van Ameijden EJC, van Dijk JP, Reijneveld SA. Health-risk behaviours in deprived urban neighbourhoods: a comparison between Slovak and Dutch cities. International Journal of Public Health 2014, 59:405-414
  15. Benka J, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Calfova A, Macejova Z, Lazurova I, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW. Social Support as a Moderator of Functional Disability’s Effect on Depressive Feelings in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Four-Year Prospective Study. Rehabilitation Psychology 2014, 59,1: 19-26.
  16. Ghorbani Saeedian R, Nagyova I, Klein D, Skorvanek M, Rosenberger J, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Self-rated health mediates the association between functional status and health-related quality of life in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Clinical Nursing 2014,23,13-14:1970-1977
  17. Vitkova M, Rosenberger J, Krokavcova M, Szilasiova J, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis patients with bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction. Disability and Rehabilitation 2014,36,12:987-992
  18. Prihodova L, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Roland R, Groothoff JW, Majernikova M, van Dijk JP. Health-related quality of life 3 months after kidney transplantation as a predictor of survival over 10 years: a longitudinal study. Transplantation 2014,97,11:1139-1145
  19. Silarova B, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Studencan M, Ondusova D, Reijneveld SA, van Dijk JP. Sense of coherence as a predictor of health-related behaviours among patients with coronary heart disease. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2014, 13, 4:345-356
  20. Silarova B, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Reijneveld SA. Differences in health-related quality of life between Roma and non-Roma coronary heart disease patients: the role of hostility. International Journal of Public Health 2014, 59:271-277.
  21. van Dijk JP, Havlikova E, Rosenberger J, Nagyova I, Skorvanek M, Gdovinova Z, Lok W, Groothoff JW, Middel B. Influence of disease severity on fatigue in patients with Parkinson’s disease is mainly mediated by symptoms of depression. European Neurology 2013, 70, 201-209
  22. Behanova M, Nagyova I, Katreniakova Z, van Ameijden EJC, van Dijk JP, Reijneveld SA. The effect of urban-area unemployment on the mental health of citizens differs between Slovak and Dutch cities. Health & Place 2013, 24: 210-215
  23. Silarova B, Nagyova I, van Dijk JP, Rosenberger J, Reijneveld SA. Anxiety and sense of coherence in Roma and non-Roma coronary heart disease patients. Ethnicity & Health 2014, 19, 5: 500-511
  24. Mikula P, Nagyova I, Krokavcova M, Vitkova M, Rosenberger J, Szilasiova J, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Coping and its importance for quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation 2014, 36, 9:732-736
  25. Noone D, Mahony O, van Dijk JP, Prihodova L. A survey of the outcome of prophylaxis, on-demand treatment or combined treatment in 18-35-year old men with severe haemophilia in six countries. Haemophilia 2013,19,1: 44-50
  26. Skorvanek M, Rosenberger J, Gdovinova Z, Nagyova I, Ghorbani Saeedian R, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Apathy in Elderly Nondemented Patients With Parkinson´s Disease: Clinical Determinants and Relationship to Quality of Life. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 2013, 26,4:237-243
  27. Sudzinova A, Nagyova I, Studencan M, Rosenberger J, Skodova Z, Vargova H, Middel B, Reijneveld SA, van Dijk JP. Roma coronary heart disease patients have more medical risk factors. and greater severity of coronary heart disease than non-Roma. International Journal of Public Health 2013, 58, 3:409-415
  28. Benka J, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Calfova A, Macejova Z, Middel B, Lazurova I, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW. Social support and psychological distress in rheumatoid arthritis: a 4-year prospective study. Disability & Rehabilitation 2012, 34, 9: 754-761
  29. Benka J, Nagyova I, , Rosenberger J, Calfova A, Macejova Z, Lazurova I, Van Dijk JP Groothoff JW. Social support as a moderator of functional disability on depressive feelings in early rheumatoid arthritis: a four-year prospective study. Journal of Rheumatology; pending revisions.
  30. Dubayova T, Nagyova I, Havlikova E, Rosenberger J, Gdovinova Z, Middel B, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW: The association of Type D personality with Quality of Life in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Aging & Mental Health, 2009, 13, 6: 905-912
  31. Krokavcova M, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Gavelova M, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW. Perceived health status as measured by the SF-36 in patients with multiple sclerosis: a review. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 2009, 23, 3: 529-538
  32. Skodova Z, Nagyova I, van Dijk J.P., Sudzinova A, Vargova H, Rosenberger J, Middel B, Studencan M, Reijneveld SA. Socioeconomic inequalities in quality of life and psychological outcomes among cardiac patients. International Journal of Public Health 2009, 54, 4:233-240.
  33. Skodova Z, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Ondusova D, Studencan M, Reijneveld SA. Psychosocial factors of coronary heart disease and quality of life among Roma coronary patients: a study matched by socioeconomic position. International Journal of Public Health 2010, 55, 5: 373-380.
  34. Prihodova L, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Roland R, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW. Impact of personality and psychological distress on health-related quality of life in kidney transplant recipients. Transplant International 2010, 23, 5: 484-492
  35. Majernikova M, Rosenberger J, Prihodova L, Nagyova I, Roland R, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW. Self-rated health after kidney transplantation and the change in graft function. Dialysis & Transplantation 2010, 39, 10: 440-444
  36. Krokavcova M, Nagyova I, van Dijk JP, Rosenberger J, Gavelova M, Middel B, Szilasiova J, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW. Self-rated health and employment status in patients with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation 2010,32,21: 1742-1748.
  37. Dubayova T, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Havlikova E, Gdovinova Z, Middel B, Groothoff JW. The impact of the intensity of fear on patient’s delay regarding health care seeking behavior: a systematic review. International Journal of Public Health 2010, 55, 5: 459-468.
  38. Skodova Z, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Ondusova D, Middel B, Reijneveld SA. Psychosocial predictors of change in quality of life in patients after coronary interventions Heart & Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 2011, 40, 4:331-339.
  39. Kolvek G, Reijneveld SA, Podracka L, Rosenberger J, Nagyova I, van Dijk JP. End-stage renal disease in Slovak children: epidemiology from a European perspective. European Journal of Pediatrics 2011, 170, 11:1445–1451
  40. Kolvek G, Rosicova K, Rosenberger J, Podracka L, Stewart RE, Nagyova I, Reijneveld SA, van Dijk JP. End-stage renal disease among Roma and non-Roma: Roma are at risk. International Journal of Public Health 2012, 57, 4: 751-754.
  41. Dubayova T, Krokavcova M, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Gdovinova Z, Middel B, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Type D, anxiety and depression in association with quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease and patients with multiple sclerosis. Quality of Life Research, 2013, 22, 6:1353–1360.
  42. Krokavcova M, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Gavelova M, Middel B, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Employment status and perceived health status in younger and older people with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 2012, 35, 1:40-47
  43. Majernikova M, Rosenberger J, Prihodova L, Nagyova I, Roland R, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Self-rated health predicts mortality and graft loss after kidney transplantation: A 10-year follow-up study. American Journal of Nephrology 2012, 36, 5: 459–465
  44. Silarova B, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Studencan M, Ondusova D, Reijneveld SA, van Dijk JP. Sense of coherence as an independent predictor of health-related quality of life among coronary heart disease patients. Quality of Life Research, 2012, 21, 10:1863–1871
  45. Havlikova E, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Middel B, Dubayova T, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW. The impact of sleep and mood disorders on quality of life in Parkinson’s disease patients. Journal of Neurology, 2011, 258, 12: 2222-2229
  46. Majernikova M, Prihodova L, Rosenberger J, Nagyova I, Roland R, GRoothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Factors associated with self-rated health after kidney transplantation: a prospective study. American Journal of Nephrology 2011, 33, 4:364–369
  47. Rosenberger J, van Dijk JP, Prihodova L, Majernikova M, Nagyova I, Roland R, Madarasova Geckova A, van den Heuvel WJA, Groothoff JW. Differences in perceived health status between kidney transplant recipients and dialysed patients are based mainly on the selection process. Clinical Transplantation 2010, 24, 3: 358-365
  48. Dubayova T, Nagyova I, Havlikova E, Rosenberger J, Gdovinova Z, Middel B, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW. Neuroticism and extraversion in association with quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Quality of Life Research 2009, 18, 1:33-42
  49. Skodova Z, Nagyova I, van Dijk JP, Sudzinova A, Vargova H, Studencan M, Reijneveld SA. Socioeconomic differences in psychosocial factors contributing to coronary heart disease: A review. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 2008, 15, 3:204-213
  50. Skodova Z, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, van Dijk JP, Middel B, Vargova H, Sudzinova A, Studencan M, Reijneveld SA. Vital exhaustion in coronary heart disease: the impact of socioeconomic status European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation 2008, 15, 5:572-576
  51. Chylova-Krokavcova M, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Rosenberger J, Gavelova M, Middel B, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW. Social support as a predictor of perceived health status in patients with multiple sclerosis. Patient Education and Counseling 2008, 73, 1: 159-165
  52. Chylova Krokavcova M, Nagyova I, van Dijk JP, Rosenberger J, Middel B, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW. Mastery, functional disability and perceived health status in patients with multiple sclerosis. European Journal of Neurology 2008, 15, 11: 1237-1244
  53. van Dijk JP. Public health facts – why don’t they lead to healthy public policy? International Journal of Public Health, 2008, 53:121–122
  54. Havlikova E, Rosenberger J, Nagyova I, Middel B, Dubayova T, Gdovinova Z, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW. Impact of fatigue on quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease. European Journal of Neurology 2008, 15, 5: 475-480
  55. Havlikova E, Rosenberger J, Nagyova I, Middel B, Dubayova T, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW, van Dijk JP. Clinical and psychosocial factors associated with fatigue in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders 2008, 14, 3: 187-192
  56. Havlikova E, van Dijk JP, Rosenberger J, Nagyova I, Middel B, Dubayova T, Gdovinova Z, Groothoff JW. Fatigue in Parkinson’s disease is not related to excessive sleepiness or quality of sleep. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 2008, 270, 1-2: 107-113
  57. Wynia K, Middel B, de Ruiter JH, Van Dijk JP, De Keyser JHA, Reijneveld SA. Stability and relative validity of the Multiple Sclerosis Impact Profile. Disability and Rehabilitation.
  58. El Baz N, Middel B, van Dijk JP, Oosterhof A, Boonstra PW, Reijneveld SA. Are the outcomes of clinical pathways evidence-based? A critical appraisal of clinical pathway evaluation research. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2007, 13:920-929
  59. Sarkova M, Nagyova I, Katreniakova Z, Madarasova Geckova A, Middel B, van Dijk JP, van den Heuvel W. Psychometric evaluation of the general health questionnaire-12 and Rosenberg self-esteem scale in Hungarian and Slovak early adolescents. Studia Psychologica 2006, 48, 1: 69-79
  60. Bacikova-Sleskova M., Salonna, F, Madarasova Geckova A, Nagyova I, Stewart RE, van Dijk JP, Groothoff JW. Does parental unemployment affect adolescents’ health? Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006, 38:527-535
  61. Rosenberger J, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Zezula I, Madarasova Geckova A, Roland R, van den Heuvel W, Groothoff JW. Predictors of perceived health status in patients after kidney transplantation. Transplantation 2006, 81, 9: 1306–1310.
  62. Rosenberger J, Madarasova Geckova A, van Dijk JP, Roland R, van den Heuvel W, Groothoff JW. Factors modifying stress from adverse effects of immunosuppressive medication in kidney transplant recipients. Clinical Transplantation 2005, 19, 1:70-76.
  63. Rosenberger J, Madarasova Geckova A, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Roland R, van den Heuvel W, Groothoff JW. Prevalence and characteristics of noncompliant behaviour and its risk factors in kidney transplant recipients. Transplant International 2005, 18, 9:1072-1078
  64. Bara AC, van den Heuvel WJA, Maarse HPM, van Dijk JP. Opinions on changes in the Romanian health care system from people’ s point of view: a descriptive study. Health Policy 2003,66:123-134
  65. van Poppel FWA, van Dijk JP. The development of cause-of-death registration in the Netherlands, 1865-1955 Continuity and Change 1997, 12, 2: 265-287
  66. Nagyova I, Krol B, Szilasiova A, Stewart RE, van Dijk JP, Heuvel W. General Health Questionnaire-28: Psychometric evaluation of the Slovak version. Studia Psychologica 2000, 42, 4:351-361
  67. Rosenberger J, van Dijk JP, Nagyova I, Roland R, Madarasova Geckova A, van den Heuvel W, Groothoff J. Do dialysis- and transplantation-related medical factors affect perceived health status? Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 2005, 20, 10: 2153-2158
  68. Nagyova I, Stewart RE, Macejova Z, van Dijk JP, van den Heuvel WJA. The impact of pain on psychological well-being in rheumatoid arthritis: the mediating effects of self-esteem and adjustment to disease. Patient Education and Counseling 2005,58,1:55-62.