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Industrial PhD project: Health communication when seriously ill patients have dependent children

  • Former industrial PhD student: Annemarie Dencker

Children of seriously ill patients are a vulnerable and overseen group of relatives. This project explores the barriers and mechanisms that influence whether and how children are brought up as an issue between healthcare professionals and seriously ill patients.


The project explores: 1) The healthcare professionals’ barriers for addressing children as an issue 2) The significance of the medical context communicating with seriously ill patients about their children, and 3) Patients perspectives on communicating about their children


Fieldwork and interviews on three hospital wards.

Project period



Innovation Fond Denmark and Danish Cancer Society.

Last Updated 19.03.2019