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Virtual PhD defence: Birgit Refsgaard Iversen

The impact of affiliation to a cross-sectorial lung team for patients with COPD

2021.03.22 | Graduate School of Health

Date Mon 12 Apr
Time 14:00 16:00
Location Online via Zoom

On Monday 12 April at 14:00, Birgit Refsgaard Iversen defends her PhD dissertation entitled "The impact of affiliation to a cross-sectorial lung team for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at risk of exacerbations".

This is a new PhD project from Aarhus University, Health. It investigates whether affiliation with a cross-sectorial lung team reduces hospitalisations and length of hospital stays for patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The patients were randomly divided into two groups. One group continued the normal course and the other group was affiliated with a cross-sectorial lung team. The results of the two groups were compared. The cross-sectoral lung team consisted of nurses from the Department of Respiratory Diseases and Allergy at Aarhus University Hospital and the Acute Team in the Municipality of Aarhus. Patients were able to contact the team per. phone 24/7. The cross-sectorial lung team provided home visits and in case of worsening in COPD, the nurses could initiate treatment in consultation with a pulmonary physician. In addition, the safety of being affiliated to a cross-sectorial lung team was examine and compared with the usual care by investigating the differences in quality of life, symptoms of anxiety and depression and patient involvement.     

The summary is written by the PhD student.    

The defence is public and takes place online via Zoom (https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/61191571520). Please read the attached press release for more information.


PhD student Birgit Refsgaard Iversen

Mail: birgiver@rm.dk

Phone: (+45) 23882332

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