Section for Health Promotion and Prevention

​Section for Health Promotion and Prevention's research is primarily characterised by its application centered approach and perspective. Studies range from monitoring of patients' health development to development and evaluation of strategies for health intervention and improving models for implementation. Specific focus areas are currently: Structural prevention, complex interventions, social inequality in regards to access to healthcare and treatment and patient empowerment.

Research Focus

  1. Monitoring and analysis
    The research group performs the Danish Capital Region Health Survey. A significant part of the research in the section is centered around these data, in addition to monitoring and evaluating of trial programmes through the Evaluation and Analysis model. Results from these studies are used to support and ensure that national public health programmes function optimally and seamlessly.

  2. Prevention
    Research in this field investigates the effectiveness and utility of health promoting and preventive initiatives. The research projects are primarily intervention and implementation focused. Among these are the following ongoing projects:

    • A RCT-study investigating metabolic and behavioural consequences of reducing salt consumption in the Danish population.

    • A project in six municipalities investigating the effect of economic reward of smoking cessation as means for recruiting socioeconomically disadvantaged citizens to municipal councelling offers.

    • "Vores Sunde Hverdag": Based on the experience and data from the SoL project to establish a concrete, coordinated and interdisciplinary preventive effort in Danish municipalities.

    • "Det Sektorfri Forebyggelseslaboratorium" is a regional project based on Danske Regioner's initiative "SUNDHED FOR LIVET" from April 2017. The project shall produce new knowledge and create a stronger basis for prioritizing new types of evidence-based prevention initiatives.

  3. Chronic disease
    The section is involved with research in the field of chronic disease,  specifically with rehabilitation and vulnerable patient groups. A part of the group are researchers in the national RCT study into active patient support. Patients with a particularily high risk of advanced healthcare requirements are offered a special support from specialised doctors and medical practitioners. The resulting effect on health and quality of life is investigated. The RESULT project is a 5-year research project, which is carried out at Hvidovre Hospital. Focus is on reduction of social inequality in the cross-sectorial rehabilitation work.


Ulla Toft - Head of Section

Anders Blædel Gottlieb Hansen - Postdoc

Anne Sidenius - Research assistant

Barbara Josefine Holm - Student assistant

Cathrine Juel Lau - Team leader

Cecilie Goltermann Funder - Research assistant

Charlotta Holm Pisinger - Professor, PhD, MPH

Christian Ulrich Eriksen - Research assistant

Hanne Birke - Researcher, PhD

Henrik Hansen - PhD student

Kamille Almer BernsdorfKamille Almer Bernstorf Torp - PhD student

Karen Allesøe- Research assistant

Karin Burns - Clinical coordinator

Katrine Lindberg Hansen - Student assistant

Kirsten Schroll Bjørnsbo - Researcher, PhD

Kirstine Lundsfryd Schmidt - Student assistant

Kirstine Skov Benthien - PhD

Lone Prip Buhelt - Research assistant

Louise Barkan Staal - Project coordinator

Louise Hjarnaa - Project head

Louise Meinertz Jacobsen - Researcher, PhD

Lærke Pinstrup Lidegaard, Guest researcher

Maj Bekker-Jeppesen - Research assistant

Maja Bülow Lykke - Research assistant

Mette Krobath Henningsen - Research assistant

Mette Aadahl - Senior researcher, PhD, MPH

Nanna Louise Riis - PhD student

Nermin Ghith - PhD student

Sanne Bjørg Alkærsig -  Research assistant

Sanne Lykke Lundstrøm - Project lead, PhD

Sarah Isabella Højgaard Hansen - Student assistant

Signe Damsbo Birch -  Research assistant

Signe Thorup Gjendal - Statistician

Sofie Amalie Liisberg Helding - Student assistant

Stavros Kyriakidis - Student assistant

Tine Buch Andersen - Postdoc

Vibeke Pie Ellekær - Physiotherapist

Research Collaborations:

In Section for Health Promotion and Prevention we have an expert team providing academic advisory assistance to the regional governments, the national agencies, the press and health oriented NGOs. In addition, we have a particularily close relationship with Steno Diabetes Center, University of Aalborg, University of Copenhagen and numerous other research groups in the health and disease prevention field.

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