Deutsch Intern
Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry

PD Dr. Michael Schuler

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Michael Schuler (Dipl.-Psych.)

Phone:   +49 (0)931 /31 80488
Fax: +49 (0)931 /31 840880
E-Mail: m.schuler@uni-wuerzburg.de


short CV

since 2019 Research Associate, Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University Würzburg
2006-2019    Research Associate, Abteilung Medizinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Medizinische Soziologie und Rehabilitationswissenschaften, University Würzburg
2019 Habilitation
2016-2019 Clinical psychologist Universitätsklinikum Würzburg
2014 Promotion Dr. phil. (summa cum laude) at the Univ. Freiburg
since 2006 Training as Psychological Psychotherapist
2006-2016 Lecturer for Psychology at the Vocational School for Speech Therapy Würzburg (Part-time)
2004-2006 Method-Consult
1996-2004 Studies of psychology at the University of Heidelberg


Research intrests


Evaluation of existing and development of new forms of care for patients with chronic diseases, psychological aspects of chronic diseases, development and psychometric testing of Patient Reported Outcome Measures




Main Publications in recent years

2019/in press

Bethge, M., Markus, M., Streibelt, M., Gerlich, C. & Schuler, M. (2019).
Effects of nationwide implementation of work-related medical rehabilitation in Germany: a propensity-score matched analysis.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. DOI: 10.1136/oemed-2019-106065

Zetzl, T, Mann, D., Gruner, S., Schuler, M., Jentschke, E., Neuderth, S., Roch, E., Flentje, M. & van Oorschott, B.
Question prompts to empower cancer patients: results of a randomized controlled trial.
Supportive Care in Cancer. DOI: 0.1007/s00520-019-05036-0

Alma, H.J., de Jong, C., Jelusic, D., Wittmann, M., Schuler, M., Kocks, J.W.H., Schultz, K., Sanderman, R. & van der Molen, T. (2019).
Thresholds for Clinically Important Deterioration versus Improvement in COPD Health Status during Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Routine Clinical Practice: Results from Prospective Research.
BMJ Open 9:e025776. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025776

Schuler, M., Murauer, K., Stangl, S., Grau, A., Gabriel, K.M.A., Podger, L., Heuschmann, P.U. & Faller, H. (2019).
Pre-post changes in main outcomes of medical rehabilitation in Germany – protocol of a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant and aggregated data.
BMJ Open 9:e023826.  doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023826

Neuderth, S., Bethge, M. & Schuler, M. (in press).
Medizinisch-berufliche Ori-entierung (MBOR) in der medizinischen Rehabilitation.
FHWS Science Journal

Reijnders, T., Schuler, M., Wittmann, M., Jelusic, D., Troosters, T., Janssens, W., Stenzel. N.M., Schultz, K. & von Leupoldt, A. (in press).
The impact of disease-specific fears on outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD.
Respiratory Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmed.2018.12.004

Sindlinger, K., Meng, K., Faller, H. & Schuler, M. (2018).
Illness representations, pain and function: Between- and within-person associations.
Psychology & Health. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2018.1523406

Schuler, M., Wittmann, M, Faller, H. & Schultz, K. (2018).
The interrelations among aspects of dyspnea and symptoms of depression in COPD patients – a network analysis.
Journal of Affective Disorders, 240:33-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.07.021

Schuler, M., Wittmann, M., Faller, H. & Schultz, K. (2018).
Including changes in dyspnea after inpatient rehabilitation improve prediction models of exacerbations in COPD.
Respiratory Medicine. 141: 87-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmed.2018.06.027

Bethge, M., Markus, M., Streibelt, M. Gerlich, C. & Schuler, M. (2018).
Implementing the German model work-related of medical rehabilitation: Does the dose received of work-related components increase?
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99, 2465-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.06.018 (JIF2017: 3.08)

Alma, H.J, de Jong, C., Jelusic, D., Wittmann, M., Schuler, M., Kollen, B.J., Kocks, J.W.H., Schultz, K., Sanderman, R. & van der Molen, T. (2018).
Assessing Health Status over Time: Impact of Recall Period and Anchor Question on the Minimal Clinically Important Difference in COPD Health Status Tools.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 16:30. DOI: 10.1186/s12955-018-0950-7

Reijnders, T., Schuler, M., Jelusic, D., Troosters, T., Janssen, W., Schultz, K. & von Leupoldt, A. (2018).
The impact of loneliness on outcomes of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with COPD.
COPD: the journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. DOI: 10.1080/15412555.2018.1471128

Lingner, H, Schmidt, K., Azmann, I, Wittmann, M., Schuler, M. & Schultz, K. (2018).
Reha-Komponenten im Patientenfokus – Sekundärdatenauswertung der Befragungen von COPD- und Asthma-Rehabilitanden.
Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen. DOI: 10.1016/j.zefq.2018.03.008

Schuler, M., Strohmayer, M., Mühlig, S., Schwaighofer, M., Wittmann, M., Faller, H. & Schultz, K. (2018).
Assessment of depression before and after inpatient rehabilitation in COPD patients: Psychometric properties of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9/PHQ-2).
Journal of Affective Disorders, 232, 268-275. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.037

Schuler, M., Schwaighofer, B. & Schultz, K. (2018).
Depression und Angst bei COPD in der Reha.
Atemwegs- und Lungenkrankheiten, 44(5), 258-263. DOI: 10.5414/ATX02288 (JIF: ---)

Schultz, K., Krämer, B., Huber, V., Lehbert, N., Wingart, S., Stojanovic, D., Göhl, O., Jelusic, D., Wittmann, M., Alma, H., de Jong, C., van der Molen, T., Faller, H. & Schuler, M. (2018).
Inspiratory Muscle Training does not improve clinical outcomes in 3-week COPD rehabilitation: Results from a Randomised Controlled Trial.
European Respiratory Journal, 51: 1701107. DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01107-2017

Lueger, S., Lueger, T., Schuler, M. & Deeg, P. (2017).
Screening von generalisierten Angststörungen bei Patienten mit chronischen Rückenschmerzen. Prävention und Rehabilitation, 29(2).
DOI 10.5414/PRX0509

Appel, P., Schuler, M., Vogel, H., Oezelsel, A. & Faller, H. (2017).
Short Questionnaire for Workplace Analysis (KDZA): factoral validiation in hospital setting.
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 12:11. DOI: 10.1186/s12995-017-0157-6

Seekatz, B., Lukasczik, M., Löhr, M., Ehrmann, K., Schuler, M., Kessler, Al., Neuderth, S., Ernestus, R.I. & van Oorschott, B. (2017).
Screening for symptom burden and supportive needs of patients with glioblastoma and brain metastases and their caregivers in relation to their use of specialized palliative care.
Supportive Care Cancer. Online first:. DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-3687-7

Schultz, K., Seidl, H., Nowack, D., Jelusic, D., Wittmann, M., Wagner, R., Faller, H. & Schuler, M. (2017).
Effectiveness of inpatient rehabilitation for patients with asthma: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial with a waiting group design.
BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 17:49. DOI 10.1186/s12890-017-0389-3

Crook, S., Büsching, G., Schultz, K., Lehbert, N., Jelusic, D., Keusch, S., Wittman, M., Schuler, M., Radtke, T., Frey, M., Turk, A., Puhan, M.A. & Frei, A. (2017).
A Multicentre Validation of the 1-Minute Sit-to-Stand Test in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
European Respiratory Journal, 49(3):1601871. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.01871-2016

Musekamp, G., Schuler, M, Seekatz, B., Bengel, J., Faller, H. & Meng, K. (2017).
Does improvement in subjective self-management skills predict improvement in quality of life and depressive symptoms in patients with heart failure up to one year after self-management education?
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 17:51. DOI 10.1186/s12872-017-0486-5

von Leupold, A., Reijnders, T, Schuler, M., Wittmann, M., Jelusic, D., Petersen, S. & Schultz, K. (2017).
Validity of a self-administered questionnaire version of the Transition Dyspnea Index in patients with COPD.
Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 14(1): 66-71, DOI: 10.1080/15412555.2016.1246522

Seekatz, B., Jenschke, E., Lukaszcik, M., Neuderth, S., Schuler, M. & van Oorscht, B. (2016).
Identifikation nicht heilbarer Krebspatienten mit Palliativbedarf durch Screening.
Der Onkologe. Online First. DOI: 10.1007/s00761-016-0122-5

Schuler, M., Lukasczik, M., Laterveer, H, Weilbach, F., Presl, M., Presl, M., Knörzer, J. & Neuderth, S. (2016).
Formative Evaluation der MBO® Kompakt-Neurowoche – eine intensivierte berufsbezogene Behandlungsmaßnahme für neurologische Patienten.
Die Rehabilitation, 55:312-318. DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-116582

Neuderth, S., Schwartz, B., Gerlich, C., Schuler, M., Markus, M. & Bethge, M. (2016).
Work-related medical rehabilitation in patients with musculoskeletal disorders: study protocol of a propensity score matched effectiveness study (EVA-WMR, DRKSDRKS00009780).
BMC Public Health, 16:804. DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3437-7.

Alma, H.J., De Jong, C., Jelusic, D., Wittmann, M., Schuler, M., Flokstra-de Blok, B.M.J., Kocks, J.W.H., Schultz, K. & Van der Model (2016).
Health status instruments for patients with COPD in pulmonary rehabilitation: defining a minimal clinically important difference.
npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. Online first. doi:10.1038/npjpcrm.2016.41

Tsiligianni, I.G., Alma, H.J., De Jong, C., Jelusic, D., Wittmann, M., Schuler, M., Schultz, K., Kollen, B., Kocks, J.W.H. & van der Molen, T. (2016).
Investigating sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve of the Clinical COPD Questionnaire, COPD Assessment Test, and Modified Medical Research Council scale according to GOLD using St George’s Respiratory Questionnaire cutoff 25 (and 20) as reference.
International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 11(1):1045-1052

Achstetter, L., Schultz, K., Faller, H. & Schuler, M. (2016).
Leventhal’s Common-Sense Model and asthma control: Do illness representations predict success of an asthma rehabilitation? Journal of Health Psychology.
Online first. DOI: 10.1177/1359105316651332

Lueger, S., Lueger, T., Schuler, M. & Deeg, P. (2016).
Zusammenhang zwischen posttraumatische Belastungsstörung und depressiven Störungen bei Patienten nach Herzinfarkt oder Herzoperation.
Praxis Klinische Verhaltensmedizin und Rehabilitation, 98:168-175

Ahnert, J., Schuler, M., Legner, R., Schmale, R., Berger, H. & Vogel, H. (2016).
Anträge auf Psychosomatische Rehabilitation – Häufigkeit, Qualität und Befürwortungsrate. Das Gesundheitswesen.
Online First. DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-106968

Musekamp, G., , Bengel, J., Schuler, M.  & Faller, H.1 (2016).
Improved self-management skills predict improvements in quality of life and depression in patients with chronic disorders.
Patient Education and Counseling, 99(8), 1355-1361. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.03.022

Gerlich, C., Schuler, M., Neuderth, S. Jelitte, M., Flentje, M., Krüger, A., Mehnert, A. & Faller, H. (2016).
Prostate cancer patients’ quality of life assessments across the primary treatment trajectory: true change or response shift?
Acta Oncologica (55)7: 814-20. DOI: 10.3109/0284186X.2015.1136749

Schuler, M., Faller, H., Wittmann, M. & Schultz, K. (2016).
Asthma Control Test and Asthma Control Questionnaire: factorial validity, reliability and correspondence in assessing asthma control and change.
Journal of Asthma, 53(4): 438-445. DOI: 10.3109/02770903.2015.1101134.

Meng, K., Musekamp, G., Schuler, M., Seekatz, B., Glatz, J., Karger, G., Kiwus, U., Knoglinger, E., Schubmann, R., Westphal, R. & Faller, H. (2016).
The impact of a self-management patient education program for patients with chronic heart failure undergoing inpatient cardiac rehabilitation.
Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7): 1190-1197. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.02.010

Lukasczik, M., Gerlich, C., Schuler, M., Neuderth, S., Glugosch, D. & Faller, H. (2015).
Stress and resources in women attending an inpatient prevention/rehabilitation measure for parents: Secondary analysis of quality assurance data”.
Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 4, 23-24

Schuler, M., Spanier, K., Luaksczik, M., Schwarze, M., Musekamp, G., Osborne, R.H., Faller, H. & Pohrt, U. (2015).
Individual prevention courses for occupational skin diseases: Changes in and relations between proximal and distal outcomes.
Contact Dermatitis, 72:371-380. DOI:10.1111/cod.12367

Schuler, M., Musekamp, G., Bengel, J., Schwarze, M., Spanier, K., Gutenbrunner, Chr., Ehlebracht-König, I., Nolte, S., Osborne, R.H., & Faller, H. (2014).
Measurement of stable changes after rehabilitation - a latent state-trait analysis of the Health Education Impact Questionnaire (heiQTM).
Quality of Life Research, 23(9), 2531-2543. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-014-0693-9

Schuler, M., Musekamp, G., Bengel, J., Nolte, S., Osborne, R. & Faller, H. (2014):
Measurement invariance across chronic conditions: Systematic review and an empirical investigation of the Health Education Impact Questionnaire (heiQTM).
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes,12:56; DOI: 10.1186/1477-7525-12-56

Ahnert, J., Vogel, H. & Schuler, M. (2014).
Exergames in der Rehabilitation bei depressiven Patienten – Machbarkeit und Akzeptanz.
Praxis Klinische Verhaltensmedizin und Rehabilitation, 94(2), 174-185

Lueger, S., Lueger, T., Schuler, M. & Deeg, P. (2014).
Typ-D-Persönlichkeit und depressive Störungen bei orthopädischen Patienten.
Praxis Klinische Verhaltensmedizin und Rehabilitation, 94(2), 154-164

van Oorschot, B., Assenbrunner, B., Schuler, M., Beckmann, G., & Flentje, M. (2014).
Survival and prognostic factors after moderately hypofractionated palliative thoracic radiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.
Strahlenther Onkol, 190(3), 270-275. doi: 10.1007/s00066-013-0507-y

Driesel, P., Vogel, H., Gerlich, C., Löffler, S., Lukasczik, M., Wolf, H.-D., Schuler, M. & Neuderth, S. (2014).
Patientenschulungen mit arbeits- und berufsbezogener Thematik – Ergebnisse einer bundesweiten Befragung deutscher Reha-Einrichtungen.
Die Rehabilitation, 53(2):81-86. DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1349140

Faller, H. Schuler, M., Richard, M., Heckl, U., Weis, J. & Küffner, R. (2013).
Effects of psychooncological interventions on emotional distress and quality of life in adult cancer patients: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Journal of Clinical Oncology, 31(6):782-93. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2011.40.8922

Schuler, M., Musekamp, G., Faller, H, Ehlebracht-König, I., Gutenbrunner, Chr., Kirchhof, R., Bengel, J., Nolte, S., Osborne, R. & Schwarze, M. (2013).
Assessment of proximal outcomes of self-management programs – Translation and psychometric evaluation of a German version of the Health Education Impact Questionnaire (heiQTM).
Quality of Life Research, 22(6):1391-403. doi: 10.1007/s11136-012-0268-6. Epub 2012 Sep 18.

Jelitte, M. & Schuler, M. (2012).
Messen wir immer das Gleiche? Zur Invarianz von Messungen und Response-Shift in der Rehabilitation – Teil 2. Die Rehabilitation.
Die Rehabilitation, 51(6), 415-423

Schuler, M. & Jelitte, M. (2012).
Messen wir bei allen Personen das Gleiche? Zur Invarianz von Messungen und Response-Shift in der Rehabilitation – Teil 1.
Die Rehabilitation, 51(5), 332-339

Van Oorschot, B., Schuler, M., Simon, A. & Flentje, M. (2012).
Advance directives: prevalence and attitudes of cancer patients receiving radiotherapy.
Supportive Care in Cancer, 20(11), 2729-36; DOI: 10.1007/s00520-012-1394-y

Svitak, M., Müller-Svitak, S., Schuler, M., Koch, A. & Rauh E. (2012).
Vorhersage der Berufsunfähigkeit nach einem Jahr bei BU-Antragstellern mit psychischen Erkrankungen.
Versicherungsmedizin, 64(1), 8-11

Van Oorschot, B., Schuler, M., Simon, A., Schleicher, U. & Geinitz, H. (2011).
Patterns of Care and Course of Symptoms in Palliative Radiotherapy.
Strahlentherapie und Onkologie 187(8), 461-466; DOI: 10.1007/s00066-011-2231-9

Aster-Schenck, I.U., Schuler, M., Fischer, M.R. & Neuderth, S. (2010).
Psychosoziale Ressourcen und Risikomuster für Burnout bei Medizinstudenten: Querschnittstudie und Bedürfnisanalyse Präventiver Curricularer Angebote.
GMS Zeitschrift für Medizinische Ausbildung, 27(4): Doc61 (20100816); DOI: 10.3205/zma000698, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-zma0006986

Schuler, M., Musekamp, G., Faller, H., Kirchhof, R., Gutenbrunner, Chr., Schwarze, M., Ehlebracht-König, I., Nolte, S. & Osborne, R. (2010).
Konzeptionelle Überlegungen zum Einsatz des heiQ ("Health Education Impact Questionnaire") im Kontext medizinisch-beruflich orientierter Rehabilitationsmaßnahmen.
Praxis Klinische Verhaltensmedizin und Rehabilitation, 86, 45-49.

Faller, H., Stork, S., Schuler, M., Schowalter, M., Steinbuchel, T., Ertl, G., Angermann, C.E. (2009).
Depression and disease severity as predictors of health-related quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure--a structural equation modeling approach.
Journal of Cardiac Failure, 15(4), 286-292.

Schwarze, M., Kirchhof, R., Schuler, M., Musekamp, G., Nolte, S., Jordan, J.E., Osborne, R.H., Ehlebracht-König, I., Faller, H. & Gutenbrunner, C. (2008).
Ein Blick Down Under: Selbstmanagementinitiativen und Patientenschulungen in Australien.
Zeitschrift für Rheumatologie, 67(3), 189-198