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Patients' participation in everyday life

VIA Health Promotion & Rehabilitation

Center for research

We look at patients' participation in everyday life with disease, and study how behaviour, psychology and social factors impact health.

About the centre

  • Research areas

    The centre has a broad research approach to health promotion and rehabilitation.

    Health promotion in the welfare state

    • Intervention with training of youth aged 10-17
    • Health centres – a meeting point for citizens and advanced healthcare
    • Health capital – health as a social resource

    Rehabilitation, illness and daily life

    • Self-control, motivation and habits
    • Life with Parkinson’s Disease after deep brain stimulation
    • Walking analysis of sclerosis patients
    • Development of rehabilitation in the welfare state in the period 1960-2013
    • Opportunities and challenges in a life with sclerosis
    • Inspiratory muscle training in patients with COPD
    • The psychological repercussions of breast cancer treatment
  • Selected projects

    Our projects are often carried out in co-operation with the healthcare professions.

    Health promotions in municipalities

    The project ”Health centres – a meeting point for citizens and the advanced healthcare service” investigates how the municipalities administer their health promotion role. How can we understand health promotion in a municipal context?

    Project period: Expected to be concluded in 2015.

    Project manager:

    Marie Østergaard Møller, PhD, senior researcher KORA

    Walking analysis of sclerosis patients

    The goal of this study is to describe muscle forces while walking, including muscle co-ordination and the utilization of real muscle capacity.

    Project period: Expected to be concluded in 2015.

    Project manager:

    John Brincks, physiotherapist, PhD

    Women’s experiences and needs during and after treatment for breast cancer

    The goal of the project is to identify important focus areas for an early palliative rehabilitation effort for women with breast cancer. The goal is to develop knowledge about the needs of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer when they are in transition from being healthy to being in treatment for breast cancer.

    Project period: Expected to be concluded in 2016.

    Project manager:

    Mikael Birkelund Jensen-Johansen, psychologist, PhD

  • Researchers

    Contact the researchers

    Dorthe Sørensen, Head of Research Center, cand. cur., PhD 

    VIA Nursing 
    T: +45 21 49 07 64
    Academic profile

    Research specialisation: 
    • Health from the perspective of a citizen/individual 
    • Everyday life with health problems/illness 
    • Research with and for people with COPD 

    John Brincks, Physiotherapy, PhD

    VIA Physiotherapy
    T: +45 87 55 23 18
    Academic profile

    Research specialisation: 
    • Rehabilitation of people with neurological disorders 
    • Gait analysis of individuals with neurological disorders 
    • Physiotherapy for individuals with neurological disorders 

    Marie Ernst Christensen, cand. scient. san. publ. 

    VIA Global Nutrition and Health
    T: +45 87 55 26 23

    Research specialisation: 
    • Epidemiology 
    • Promoting health 
    • Rehabilitation for everyday living

    See an overview of the researchers

  • Partners

    Our projects are developed in co-operation with Danish and international partners.

    Danish partners:

    • Institut for Folkesundhed, Aarhus Universitet
    • Institut for Læring og Filosofi, Ålborg Universitet
    • Rehabiliteringsforum Danmark
    • Sektion for Idræt, Aarhus Universitet
    • Skleroseklinikken, Aarhus Universitetshospital
    • Regionshospitalet Hammel Neurocenter
    • Fysioterapien, Aarhus Universitetshospital
    • Neurologisk Afdeling, Aarhus Universitetshospital

    International partners:

    • Høgskolen in Oslo
    • PHLEGETHON – the Danish-Norwegian network

    If you are interested in working with us, contact our centre manager:

    Dorthe Sørensen,
    T: +45 21 49 07 64