Research Group for Prevention and Rehabilitation

The overall purpose of the research conducted in the Prevention and Rehabilitation group at the Section of Social Medicine is to study psychosocial and behavioral determinants of health and function, as well as the socioeconomic consequences of disease and functional decline, with a focus on social inequality. Further we aim at developing and evaluating health policies especially with a focus on social determinants and inequalities in health. Our research includes epidemiological studies of causal mechanisms to identify modifiable factors, the development of inter-sectoral policies to tackle the health divide and development of tools to facilitate their implementation. Further, we quantify and compare the expected health consequences of major policy initiatives and interventions also from a clinical perspective.The health policy research is done in collaboration with policy makers at international, national, regional and municipal level. Since long we put emphasis on the collaboration with the City of Copenhagen.

In addition, we work with epidemiological studies on social and economic consequences of longstanding illness, as well as international comparative studies on how people with illness are managing in the labor market in countries with different labor market policies. We have a special emphasis on social inequality in access to, and the effect of, rehabilitation. We study e.g. cancer, coronary heart diseases, mental and functional disorders and oral health.

A main focus of the group is intervention and evaluation studies with an emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized groups, and the interaction between the user and the health care system. Another focus is the development of methods within complex interventions.

Associated with the research group is also CopenRehab unit, who are doing research into how rehabilitation can be reordered, so more citizens be helped to change habits and make healthier choices in a lifelong perspective.

We have a special focus on the following research programs: