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Helle Ploug Hansen

Professor & PI Narrative Medicine
Department of Public Health

Phone: +45 6550 2989

Helle Ploug Hansen is professor in Humanistic Rehabilitation Research, Department of Public Health, Research Unit of General Practice, University of Southern Denmark. She holds a PhD degree and an extended master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. She is also trained as an intensive care nurse. Hansen has conducted several ethnographic fieldwork studies in Denmark including psycho-social-cultural aspects related to women and men with a cancer disease, evaluation of creative writing workshops for people with cancer, and nursing care in an oncology ward. Theoretically she has expertise within health anthropology with a focus on narratives, temporality, communication and ritualization. She is the author of several books for nurses and other health care professionals and of a substantial number of peer-reviewed articles. Furthermore, Hansen has been active within the national and international field of patient involvement in Health Technology Assessment (2001-2018), and she is one of the editors and authors to the book: “Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment” (2017).