26. februar 2020

Fuldt finansieret forskningsår om hoftebrud hos patienter med demens eller Parkinsons sygdom

Medicinstuderende søges til forskningsårsprojekt ved Klinisk Epidemiologisk afdeling (KEA), Aarhus Universitetshospital

Ansøgningsfrist: snarest muligt.

New opportunity for a research year student at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital.

Quality of care and outcome for patients with dementia or Parkinson’s disease after hip fracture.

Fractures are a common manifestation of osteoporosis, with hip fracture being the most serious. In Denmark, approximately 7000 persons experience a hip fracture every year. This common injury in the elderly is associated with a poor prognosis due to high postoperative mortality and an excessive risk of complications following surgery: Almost 10 % of the patients die and 30 % develop complications within the first month. Hence, hip fracture is recognized as a major public health concern worldwide.

The prevalence of dementia and Parkinson’s disease (PD) is increasing worldwide. People with dementia and PD have a high risk of sustaining fractures, due to a high prevalence of osteoporosis and a high risk of falling. Unfortunately, dementia or PD patients are less likely to recover their previous functional status after hip fracture, and have a higher mortality than patients without these conditions. It is poorly understood whether the risk of mortality might be aggravated by a lower quality of in-hospital care and higher risk of postoperative complications.

Since the population in many countries in aging, resulting in an increasing burden of comorbidity, the quality and efficiently of health care in patients with chronic medical conditions is of concern. It would be therefore of great interest to investigate the association between dementia/PD and quality of in-hospital care, postoperative complications and subsequent mortality.

The Danish health registries, which link information on comorbidity, prescription medicines and laboratory results, represent an ideal opportunity to pursue this important research question. We focus on clinically relevant research and aim for publications in high impact journals.

Info about the project
We are looking for a research year student with an interest in geriatric medicine and clinical epidemiology. The project is scheduled in the autumn 2020 and is fully funded. You will become a part of a dedicated team of researchers within orthopedic and musculoskeletal diseases and an international leading research environment at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology. You will also work close together with other research year and PhD students. The project include international collaboration, and during the 1-year scholarship, it may be an option to have a research stay at one of the universities in Europe or the US.

If you are interested in joining our group, please forward a motivated application and CV per e-mail to us.


Professor, overlæge
Alma B. Pedersen,, ph.d.

Klinisk Epidemiologisk Afdeling
Aarhus Universitetshospital
Olof Palmes Allé 43-45
8200 Aarhus N