The Acute Patient

Purpose & organization

The network "The acute patient" is a hospital-wide initiative to stimulate and evolve research in all professions, including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, medical laboratory technicians, and radiographers. Research topics encompass the entire width of the acute patient from perceptions to survival by use of both quantitative, qualitative, epdemiological and mixed-methods research approaches.  

Network manager

Marianne Lisby

Associate Professor

The overall aim is this project is to improve the performance of PEWS and its acceptability among healthcare professionals. Three studies including a scoping review, a Delphi study and a prospective, cluster-randomized cross-over project will be conducted. The project will contribute to the existing knowledge of PEWS and nurses’ clinical judgment in relation to clinical deterioration of children. 

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The aims of this project are to

1) investigate whether the Multidimensional Prognostic Index tool based on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment is feasible to use interdisciplinary in older patients admitted to hospital with an acute illness

2) examine if moderate and severe frailty is associated with unplanned readmissions

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The PhD project aims to develop and pilot test a social nurse led holistic intervention that increases equal outcome of treatment and enhanced quality of life for patients suffering from harmful alcohol use.

Three inter-related studies will be conducted, focusing on cross sectorial collaboration between acute medical units and the community-based alcohol treatment.

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The project investigates ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) among patients with multimorbidity. The project uncovers patient-related and organisational characteristics of admissions to hospital emergency departments. The aim is to develop and test risk assessment tool for use in primary care in order to prevent certain acute admissions effectively.

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The association between length of stay and readmission for patients diagnosed with urinary tract infection (UTI) in the emergency department (ED).


Studies show that patients are discharged from the ED before the results of their urine cultures are available. This occasionally results in patients being discharged with ineffective antibiotic treatment; thus, increasing the risk of readmission. This study is based on the hypothesis that the shorter length of stay in the hospital, the higher risk of readmission. 

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