This programme covers research “from disease to daily living”. This means the ability to perform activities of daily living, and to live a meaningful life similar to other citizens following disease.
In Denmark, there is an increased interest in rehabilitation as the outcome of rehabilitation has benefits for both people and society. In the “White paper on the concept of rehabilitation”, rehabilitation is described as a process involving the patient’s everyday life, surroundings and conditions of life (1). Moreover, rehabilitation must be evidence-based and include multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial efforts.
The theme of the research programme is rehabilitation of all patients in contact with Aarhus University Hospital. This theme has been chosen because it involves all health professions, focuses on the patient pathway and offers the possibility to conduct both monodisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. Rehabilitation encompasses health promotion, prevention, examinations, diagnostics, nursing, treatment as well as physical training and exercising.
The research programme offers a framework within which researchers can choose clinical research areas and challenge established ways of thinking within clinical practise.
(1) Marselisborgcentret. Rehabilitering i Danmark: Hvidbog om rehabiliteringsbegrebet. Rehabiliteringsforum Danmark og Marselisborgcentret. 2004. (Rehabilitation in Denmark: White paper on the concept of rehabilitation).