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Natasja Koitzsch Jensen

Natasja Koitzsch Jensen


Primary fields of research

The main areas of interest are international perspectives within health services research, inequality in access to health care service, access to health care as a human right and the organization of the health care system and related effects on access to health care services.

Current research

PhD project: Access and use of the psychiatric health care system for immigrants and refugees compared to native-born Danes

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate 1) How patients with psychiatric illness and health professionals experience access to the psychiatric health care system, including barriers and facilitating factors, for immigrants, refugees and native-born Danes 2) how do contact patterns to the psychiatric hospital system vary between immigrants, refugees and native-born Danes 3) what needs do health professionals experience in the meeting with immigrant and refugee patients – including the use of forceful measures. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are employed to investigate the research questions.

EU-project: Best Practices in Health Services for Immigrants in Europe (EUGATE)

The overall aim of EUGATE was to identify good practice in the delivery of health care to immigrants. The project reviewed existing legislation and policies, obtained the opinions of experts on factors constituting best practice, and assessed the views and experiences of health professionals in different types of health services. The study was conducted in 16 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  This is the summary of the common findings across the participating countries, with recommendations for better practice in service delivery to immigrants. EUGATE has been running for three years and was completed by the end of 2010 with a final report and several scientific articles on the way. For further information about the project please visit the website


Structure and function of the health care system on the course 'Medical sociology' at The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Measuring quality of life in developing countries on the course 'Health and quality of life' at The Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Undocumented migrants access to health care at the course 'Health and Human Rights' at The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen 

Legal rights in access to health care and quality of care at the course 'Refugee and Immigrant Health' at The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen

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