PINCOR aims to study the effectiveness of person centered, integrated recovery within a regional network in patients with persistent complaints after COVID-19.


In the Netherlands, more than 8 million people have experienced COVID-19. More than 200,000 people have persistent complaints for more than four weeks. They heavily rely on rehabilitation but it is unknown whether this leads to faster recovery.


The aims of rehabilitation are to increase the quality of life and participation in society and to reduce absenteeism and healthcare costs. In order to achieve this, the patient determines personal treatment goals together with the general practitioner (GP) aimed at better functioning at home and in society.


Depending on the severity of the complaints, the patient is treated by the general practitioner (GP) alone, or, if necessary, supplemented with allied healthcare (eg physiotherapy, occupational therapy or psychology) or specialized rehabilitation care . Experiences of healthcare providers and patients are taken into account in designing the care pathways.


The patient keeps a digital diary to monitor changes in symptoms and functioning during and after treatment. A baseline measurement is performed before the treatment is started. The patient answers questions related to quality of life, physical, cognitive and mental functioning, work and absenteeism. In addition, the extent to which the personal goals in the treatment are actually achieved is measured.

Collaborating partners

The research is conducted in a collaboration of the Departments of General Practice and Rehabilitation Medicine at Maastricht University, Adelante Zorggroep, and Radboud University Medical Centre. Patient organisations and C-support are involved in the study. The research is funded from ZonMw Long Covid Programme


The study started on August 1, 2022 and will take 18 months.

Long covid pincor

Preliminary results

  • On October 10, 2022, ZonMw organized a project leader meeting in which the PINCOR project was also presented. This presentation provides a summary of the project including four work packages. 
  • The literature review (WP2) is finished and described in a knowledge document (in Dutch).
  • The first meeting of the advisory board group was held on 16 November. The participants reflected on the action plan and shared ideas and experiences about the desired rehabilitation care. The report (in Dutch) can be found here.