Hanne Birke is employed to evaluate and further develop a multimorbidity model. The multimorbidity model is designed to improve the treatment and collaboration between sectors in relation to patients suffering from multimorbidity. Currently, data from the first pilot project is being evaluated.

She is educated as a physiotherapist, has a Master of Public Health from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in epidemiology. The research topic in her PhD project was the use of opioid treatment for chronic non-cancer pain patients. The project used data from questionnaires and national health care registers and was conducted at Rigshospitalet and affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. Hanne's special research interest is to develop health-promoting and preventive procedures for population-groups that are facing the greatest health challenges. 


Birke H, Ekholm O, Sjøgren P, Fredheim O, Clausen T, Skurtveit S. Tramadol use in Norway: A register-based population study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018;28;1;54-61

Birke H, Ekholm O, Højsted J, Sjøgren P, Kurita GP. Chronic pain, opioid therapy, sexual desire and satisfaction in sexual life: A population-based survey. Pain Med. 2018; 0: 1-9.

Birke H, Ekholm O, Sjøgren P, Kurita GP, Højsted J. Long-term opioid therapy in Denmark: A disappointing journey. European Journal of Pain. 2017 Oct;21(9):1516-1527.

Birke H, Kurita GP, Sjøgren P, Højsted J, Simonsen MK, Juel K, Ekholm O. Chronic non-cancer pain and the epidemic prescription of opioids in the Danish population: trends from 2000 to 2013. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica.  2016: 623–633.

Pisinger C, Aadahl M, Toft U, Birke H, Zytphen-Adeler J, Jørgensen T. The association between active and passive smoking and frequent pain in a general population. European Journal of Pain. 2011 Jan;15(1):77-83.

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