About The Research Unit of Orthopaedic Nursing

Read more about our purpose, research topics and organisation.

The Research Unit of Orthopaedic Nursing has a primary focus on assuring evidence-based care to the orthopaedic patient. This encompasses the fundamental care following orthopaedic surgery, treatment and rehabilitation as well as organisational structures to support and optimise patient care.   

The unit has a close collaboration with praxis including the nursing managers and the clinical nursing staff. The unit provides supervision to nurses involved in mono- or multi-disciplinary research and development projects related to orthopaedic treatment and care.

Once a year the unit hosts a postgraduate programme for orthopaedic nurses which takes place once a week over a period of four months. The programme aims to qualify and update the nurses' scientific and orthopaedic knowledge. It consists of teaching the newest knowledge in a broad range of subjects as well as a supervision process while also having the participants produce a short report investigating the evidende on a clinical topic. During the last day of the programme, all participants make an oral presentation of their findings for nurses and nurse managers.  

The research unit is involved with the national scientific organisation within orthopaedic nursing (VIDOKS), a national collaboration in Denmark that aims to improve the care for orthopaedic patients.


Research Assistant & Head of Unit, MA in Business, Language and Culture
Lone Assafi
The administrative head of the unit. Responsibilities include initiating development, follow-ups and evaluations of the unit's strategies and ensuring progress towards the set goals. Responsible and co-responsible for the unit's development and research projects.
Fields of interest contain relational coordination and continuity of care.
Can be contacted for guidance concerning further education.
lone.assafi@regionh.dk, phone number: +45 38 62 33 87

Research Assistant, MA in Educational Anthropology, RN
Nina Halberg
Responsible and co-responsible for the unit's development and research projects e.g. a project on measuring and exploring evidence-based practice among the nursing personnel and an implementation project regarding oral care. Educator and supervisor at the Postgraduate Programme for Nurses.
Fields of interest include micro-sociological perspectives on patient experiences and nursing practices.
nina.halberg@regionh.dk, phone number: +4538621664

Gitte Holm
Responsible for coordinating the Postgraduate Programme for Nurses, as well as both teaching and supervision of the participants. Responsible for monitoring clinical data and development of multidisciplinary patient care within the Amputation Unit.
Participates in the unit's development and research projects.
Fields of interest includes fundamental care and clinical data.
gitte.holm@regionh.dk, phone number: +4538623014

Clinical Nursing Specialist, Master in Humanities, Health Sciences and Practice Development, RN
Dorte Evaristi
Responsible for linking the research of the unit to the overall strategies of both the hospital and the region regarding quality and research. Responsible for the supervision process at the Postgraduate Programme for Nurses.
Participates in the unit's development and research projects.
Fields of interest include implementation processes to optimise patient care.
dorte.evaristi.sarovic@regionh.dk, phone number: +4538626175

Postdoc, PhD, MSc Health Science, RN
Pia Søe Jensen
Responsible for a postdoctoral project within the fundamentals of care with a focus on nutritional care.
Field of research focuses on older patients in risk of diabetic wound or amputation.
ann.pia.soee.lytken.jensen@regionh.dk, phone number: +4536322464

PhD student, MA in Educational Anthropology, RN (on leave until October 2019)
Trine Schifter Larsen
PhD student in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in collaboration with Clinical Research Centre at Hvidovre Hospital and Roskilde University Centre. The research project investigates sleep as a way of health-promoting amongst elderly patients undergoing hospitalisation and rehabilitation at home.

Head Nurse
Helle Tvedeskov
Overall responsible and Project owner