The Research Unit’s foremost goal is to contribute to the improvement and development of the health of patients in the healthcare system, with particular focus on the efforts in and around general practice.
The Research Unit houses an interdisciplinary environment with research collaboration between general medicine, psychology, theology, sociology of religion, anthropology, medical risk communication, statistics, health economics, occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery and public health science. The unit's interdisciplinary collaboration incorporates multiple methods both within quantitative and qualitative research.
In addition to having several PhD students and Postdoc students, the Research Unit is responsible for the research training programme for general practitioners (GPs).
Our research focuses on:
Symptoms, healthcare-seeking and diagnosis
Organisation of general practice
Medical risk analysis and medical risk communication
Relationships in general practice
Health promotion and prevention of lifestyle-related diseases
Research initiative of activity studies and occupational therapy
The Research Unit of General Practices is established as a cooperation between University of Southern Denmark and an external research unit financed by the Research Foundation of General Practice.
Audit Project Odense (APO) and the affiliated EU project HAPPY Audit is also part of the Research Unit’s activities.
The Region of Southern Denmark has based the Practice Liaison Program and the Quality Development Consulting in proximity to the Research Unit of General Practice. Also the Danish General Practice Database under DAK-E and a University Medical Practice are housed within the building. The unit also collaborates with the Research Units of General Practice in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg.