The Research Unit of Orthopaedic Nursing

The Research Unit of Orthopaedic Nursing aims at assuring evidence-based nursing to the orthopaedic patient.

Our field of research includes health and social sciences. This encompasses both the fundamental care following orthopaedic surgery, social inequality in health as well as organisational structures to support and optimise patient care.

The unit has a close collaboration with clinical praxis, including the nursing managers and the clinical nursing staff. We provide 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 program for orthopaedic nurses which takes place once a week over four months. The program 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 evidence on a clinical topic. During the last day of the programme, all participants present their findings on a small symposium.  

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.


Postdoc researcher, PhD, MA in Educational Anthropology, RN
Trine Schifter Larsen
Responsible for a postdoctoral program in the field of Social Inequality in Health in a collaboration between the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Clinical Research. Trine's field of research focusses on patient care and the relation between institutional praxis and peoples' everyday life and rehabilitation.
Furthermore, Trine is an assistant professor at Roskilde University, Department of People and Technology.

Postdoc researcher, PhD, MSc Health Science, RN
Pia Søe Jensen
Responsible for the postdoctoral program "I would like to keep my leg!" Early detection of risk factors for lower extremity amputation and a nurse-led nutritional intervention in a collaboration between the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Clinical Research. The program has received 1.8 million kr. from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
In addition, Pia Søe is an assistant professor at Aarhus University, Department of Public Health.

Research assistant, MSc in Nursing, RN
Isabella Lund Rasmussen
Responsible for the research project Receiving, doing and improving oral care among older orthopaedic patients (The ORCA Study). The project is a part of the above postdoctoral program led by Pia Søe Jensen.

PhD-student, MA in Educational Anthropology, RN
Nina Halberg
PhD student in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in collaboration with the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University. The research project explores social inequality in health among ethnic minority patients undergoing standardised hospitalisation. The PhD is part of the above postdoctoral program led by Trine Schifter Larsen.

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.

Head Nurse
Gitte Kammersgård
Overall responsible and project owner