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Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM) in clinical practice during Corona
Wim Veling, Harriëtte Riese, Fionneke Bos, Elise van der Stouwe, Chris Geraets, Erna van 't Hag, Danielle Cath.

The corona pandemic has a large impact on everyone. In people with a psychiatric disorder, the new regulations regarding social distancing - limiting daily activities, structure and social support - can potentially increase symptomatology. Moreover, people with a psychiatric disorder may be especially vulnerable for the anxiety this pandemic brings.
Therefore, a small taskforce has made a special corona ESM diary available for clinicians at the University Center Psychiatry and GGZ Drenthe. Other RoQua sites have already expressed interest in joining this initiative. ESM offers insight into how patients are coping during this period and can therefore be an important clinical tool in times of limited face-to-face contact.
Patients complete an ESM diary seven times a day for four weeks. The diary includes items on mood, worrying, social contacts, and activities. Additionally, patients receive a weekly questionnaire on their experiences with the coronavirus. Feedback reports based on the completed ESM diaries are available at all time to clinicians, so they can monitor patients in between sessions and discuss the results with their patients.
The ESM corona diaries are currently used by several departments within the UCP and GGZ Drenthe. If you have any questions, please contact Fionneke Bos ( or Elise van der Stouwe (
Interesting courses
To be announced when: ESM Data Analysis course Maastricht University by Wolfgang Viechtbauer
30 Sep, 1, 2 Oct 2-2020: REAL ESM/EMA workshop KU Leuven (see site for updated information regarding Coronavirus)
August 2021: Modeling the dynamics of intensive longitudinal data, Utrecht University (this course is cancelled for 2020, but expected to be given again in 2021)
Online courses:
- Learn R through Datacamp (send an e-mail to for login details)
- ARIMA and VAR analysis by Elske Bos (send an e-mail to if you are interested but have no access to the google drive)
Upcoming symposia, conferences
17-19 Juni 2020: Annual Spring meeting Psychiatry, online (theme: 'precision psychiatry')
29 June - 2 July 2021: The Society for Ambulatory Assessment (SAA) 2021 conference, Zurich
Recent iLab publications
Haslbeck JMB, Bringmann LF, Waldorp LJ. A tutorial on estimating time-varying vector autoregressive models. Multivariate Behav Res 2020: Apr 23: 1-30. doi: 10.1080/00273171.2020.1743630324066
Burger J, van der Veen DC, Robinaugh DJ, Quax R, Riese H, Schoevers RA, Epskamp S. Bridging the gap between complexity science and clinical practice by formalizing idiographic theories: a computational model of functional analysis. BMC Medicine 2020: 18(1): 99. doi: 10.1186/s12916-020-01558-1.
Knapen SE, Li P, Riemersma-van der Lek RF, Verkooijen S, Boks MPM, Schoevers RA, Scheer FAJL, Hu K. Fractal biomarker of activity in patients with bipolar disorder. Psychological Medicine 2020: Apr 1: 1-8. doi: 10.1017/S0033291720000331. 
Schoevers RA, van Borkulo CD, Lamers F, Servaas MN, Bastiaansen JA, Beekman ATF, van Hemert AM, Smit JH, Penninx BWJH, Riese H. Affect fluctuations examined with ecological momentary assessment in patients with current or remitted depression and anxiety disorders. Psychological Medicine 2020: Apr 1: 1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0033291720000689. 
Chavez-Baldini U, Wichers M, Reininghaus U, Wigman JTW. Genetic Risk and Outcome of Psychosis Investigators. Expressive suppression in psychosis: The association with social context. PLoS One 2020: 15(3):e0230102. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230102. eCollection 2020.
Riese H, Wichers M. Comment on: Eronen MI. The levels problem in psychopathology. Psychologial Medicine 2019 Dec 26: 1-2. doi: 10.1017/S0033291719003623
Riese H, Zuidersma M, Bos FM. Comment on Pavlova and Uher (2020). Assessment of psychopathology. Is asking questions good enough?. Comment in JAMA Psychiatry March 11, 2020.
iLab website 
iLab staff
Harriëtte Riese: (head of iLab)
Gerda Bloem: (equipment and room reservations)
Klaas Wardenaar: (statistical advice, newsletters)
Marij Zuidersma: (newsletters and iLab website)
Robert Schoevers: (head of UCP) 

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