The research and development strategy is based on the mission and vision of Aarhus University Hospital and a local interpretation at the Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy describing a clear research and development strategy for the department.

The department’s research and development activities are related to the four research programmes for staff with a medium-cycle higher education: Rehabilitation, The acute patient, Communication and Ethics and patient involvement. Inter-professional projects are given a high priority and emphasis is on close collaboration with clinical departments, internal and external research environments, AarhusUniversity, UniversityColleges as well as municipalities and regional hospitals. Collaboration agreements are established between Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University. 

The overall purpose of the department’s research and development strategy is to create more knowledge and offer the best treatment to the benefit of patients.

The research and development strategy at Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy must reflect and support the hospital’s focus on coherence between research, development, education and patient treatment. This is illustrated in the figure below:

Research and development activities are primarily focused on optimising patients’ functional ability in accordance with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy conducts research and development applying both quantitative and qualitative approaches. A number of methods are used, including literature review, methodology studies, cohort studies,  effectiveness studies, and economic evaluation alongside the clinical studies.

Coherence between development of therapeutic documentation and clinical guidelines is ensured.

The department management and those responsible for research and development are particularly responsible for supporting and developing a research and development culture in the department, through interaction with clinical practice and implementation of new knowledge to optimise patient treatment.

A research and development culture supports research talent development among staff and promotes academic career paths.


The vision for research and development in Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy is to conduct research and development a high international level collecting, creating and implementing knowledge and communicating research and development results.

Revised: 8 January 2018