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Research Groups at Section of General Practice

  1. Child Health in General Practice - The general purpose of our research is to facilitate early detection and intervention against factors, that may have negative effects on the well-being of children. The research group has a general practice perspective on child health and we have a special focus on prophylactic consultations.
  2. Healthy "Patients" in General Practice - In this group we work with the screening of healthy individuals seen in a general medical perspective. We are particularly interested in the consequences screening has on citizens’ perception of their own health, as well as the consequences of false positives in screening results. The themes we are interested in range from screening of the unborn child to screenings for infectious diseases and cancers such as breast, colon and rectal cancer.
  3. Acute Conditions in General Practice - Acute conditions are responsible for about half of all enquiries in general practice. The majority of reasons for encounter are due to symptoms of infectious diseases. About 90% of all antibiotics consumed in Denmark are prescribed by a General Practitioner (GP). Overuse of antibiotics is the main reason for the increasing prevalence of resistant bacteria.  The research group focuses on methods to improve the diagnostic process and treatment of patients with infectious diseases. The aim is to avoid inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and to identify which patients may benefit from antibiotic treatment.
  4. Chronic Diseases - Chronic diseases are a growing problem and more than half of the population above the age of 65 years suffers from two or more chronic diseases (multimorbidity). Multimorbidity has been cited as one the main challenges in health care, because health care is mainly organized after the idea that patients only have one disease - such as seen in the design of management programs for chronic diseases. The research group works with the investigation and treatment of patients with chronic diseases in general practice, since there is a lack of knowledge of how the treatment of patients with more than one chronic disease most effectively can be organized both in general practice and shared between the primary and secondary health sector.
  5. Drug Prescription in General Practice - The drug prescription study group wants to address the problems related to extensive use of preventive drugs and antidepressants in general practice.

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