The PhD project aims to investigate the effect of digital health solutions promoting physical activity among people with one or more chronic diseases. The project will also uncover attitudes, barriers, facilitators, and readiness for using digital health solutions within physical activity and analyze the data to determine who can be considered users/non-users of digital health solutions among people with one or more chronic conditions.

Estimated time of completion September 2023

Patients who are discharged from hospital often experience challenges as the responsibility for treatment, care, and rehabilitation shifts to multiple actors in both primary and secondary sectors. To address these challenges, focus has increased on developing a coherent health care system that is able to integrate care across sectors and across diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, exercise training, and health promotion. To ensure high quality of such care, and patient involvement in integrated care, we need to draw on patients’ experiences in a valid and structured way because each individual patient is the only person who has information about all aspects of his or her specific care journey. A reliable cross sectorial patient-reported experience measure (PREM) will structure and express this invaluable information but there exists no validated, reliable questionnaire that captures the concept of patient-experienced quality in integrated care. This project aims to develop such a PREM to enable valid, scientifically reliable data in quality improvement. This may allow for systematically uncovering areas for improvement and evaluating the effect of improvement initiatives for coordination across health care sectors.

Estimated time of completion 31-08-2024

The PhD project is regarding everyday life, physical activity and patient education among people with type 2 diabetes in Region Zealand.

Estimated time of completion Ultimo 2024

Sofie will in her ph.d.-project describe and investigate physical activity behaviour and associated health parameters among Danish individuals with diabetes sampled from recent population-based studies. Furthermore, the ph.d.-project will consist of an evaluation of an e-based intervention aiming to develop an online training community for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common, potentially disabling condition and an increasing health burden. The general practitioner plays an important role as a facilitator of KOA treatment and referral. However, there is a gap between recommended evidence-based care and actual practice. Clinical guidelines recommend first line treatment comprising education, exercise and weight control (if applicable), before surgery. Yet, only one third of the KOA patients referred to orthopedic clinics in Denmark was consulted by a physiotherapist prior to referral. Currently, there is a need to better understand KOA care in Denmark.

This PhD-project will consist of three interrelated qualitative studies with the overall aim to investigate the diverse perspectives and practices of care providers and patients on KOA treatment and referral from general practice. The first sub-study will explore the perspectives and practices of general practitioners on treatment and referral of KOA patients through semi-structured interviews with general practitioners. The second sub-study will examine the experiences of knee KOA patients with their treatment and referral pathways from general practice through semi-structured interviews with patients. In the third study, results from the two first sub-studies will be presented at a multidisciplinary workshop were key stakeholders will identify barriers and facilitators for cross-sectional collaboration as well as suggestions for improvement strategies of care. Results could potentially inform policy-makers and professional bodies in the development of future healthcare strategies aimed at optimizing quality of KOA care.

Estimated time of completion – 23 May 2025

The primary aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of 12 weeks of progressive resistance training (PRT) compared to neuromuscular exercise (NEMEX) on physical function in patients with hip osteoarthritis. We also investigate the effectiveness of booster sessions in prolonging the effects of the initial interventions and their cost-effectiveness.

Estimated time of completion
November 2023

Physical activity and exercise has shown the potential to prevent and treat numerous chronic conditions. It has also proven both feasible and safe among people with multiple chronic conditions (multimorbid). However, little is known about the actual physical activity behavior among people with multimorbidity. Such knowledge is important in order to identity the populations of multimorbid people e.g specific clusters of conditions that has the most potential to benefit from prevention and treatment strategies containing physical activity. This Phd project investigates physical activity behavior among people with multimorbidity using data from the Lolland-Falster Health Study (LOFUS).

Estimated time of completion: 31 march 2023