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Symptoms, healthcare-seeking and diagnosis

We all experience symptoms from our bodies, but interpret these in widely different ways, and far from all symptoms result in a consultation with a doctor. Within the research field, we explore symptoms in the general population and elucidate factors important for consulting a doctor. We focus on alarm symptoms of cancer, general serious symptoms and non-specific symptoms. We examine different elements of the symptom experience and explore the process of healthcare-seeking. Which personal, structural or organizational circumstances are important to whether the individual consults a doctor with symptom experiences?

Another area of focus is the persons having moved into the system through general practice due to their symptoms, but whose symptoms do not fit into traditional diagnoses. We focus on the prevention of development of persisting symptoms as seen e.g. in case of functional disorders and pain syndromes. Furthermore, we focus on baby colic and the importance of chiropractic treatment.

The research field also elucidates the general practitioner’s handling of the diagnostic process within selected areas with special focus on diagnosing and treatment of gastroenterological issues, gynaecological diseases, symptoms from the respiratory passages and infections in general.

Symptoms, healthcare-seeking and diagnosis
Contact person: Dorte Ejg Jarbøl

Current Research Projects

Epidemiological studies of symptom incidences and factors important for the healthcare-seeking behaviour in the Danish population (DaSK)

PhD Projects

Coping with bodily distress syndrome
By: Isabella Raasthøj
Primary advisor: Dorte Ejg Jarbøl

Assessing vulnerable pregnant women in General Practice
By: Louise Brygger Venø
Primary advisor: Dorte Ejg Jarbøl

By: Gitte Bruun Lauridsen
Primary advisor: Dorte Ejg Jarbøl


By: Steffi Blach Naamansen   
Primary advisor: Peter Haastrup


Post Doc Projects

Prescribing of proton pump inhibitors in general practice
By: Peter Haastrup

The effect of chiropractic treatment on infantile colic:  a single-blind randomized study
By: Lise Vilstrup Holm

Severe pain and multiple physical symptoms – evidence-based early diagnosis and prevention of iatrogenic harm
By: Sanne Rasmussen

Functional bowel disorder, diagnosing and treatment in general practice: A 5-year follow-up
By: Luise Begtrup

Gynecological alarm symptoms in the general population - is concern a significant predictor of healthcare seeking and diagnosis of disease?
By: Kirubakaran Balasubramaniam

Contact: Dorte Ejg Jarbøl


Last Updated 28.01.2022