Kurt Aagaard Nielsen

Roskilde University, Roskilde, Zealand, Denmark

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Publications (4)3.73 Total impact

  • Mette Bladt · Kurt Aagaard Nielsen
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    ABSTRACT: In Scandinavia there exists an action research tradition called critical utopian action research (CUAR). Within CUAR, criticism and utopia is a core activity in the methods used and in the research as such. The utopian concept in this tradition should be understood as a productive concept, and thus not as eyebrow-lifting fantasy. Utopian horizons are, in light of critical reflection, formulated and developed. They act as horizons indicating the direction of the work. The point of utopian notions - dreams and visions - is that they go beyond the existing' and become a way of working that allows us to think in concrete alternatives; in different futures'. It allows us to ask the question: how do we wish to live? The rationale for the work of utopia must be found in CUAR's connection to critical theory. From there, a perception that the world could be different is collected. It is only by utopian thinking that we can move the world in a different direction. Thus the notion of utopia becomes part of an ontologically basic understanding. But these different orientations must be developed and protected in a free space. In this article we will focus on the creation of free space for the utopia work.
    Action Research 11/2013; 11(4):369-385. DOI:10.1177/1476750313502556 · 0.87 Impact Factor
  • Eva Reiter · Kurt Aagaard Nielsen · Jens Fedder
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    ABSTRACT: The transvaginal ultrasonographic cervix scan has partly replaced digital examination for diagnosing preterm birth; conflicting results are reported about their respective contribution to birth prediction. To review the predictive value of digital examination and transvaginal scan in low-risk asymptomatic and symptomatic women before treatment. A literature search of PubMed, Web of Science and Cochrane Databases from 1994 to 2010 and selected reference lists was carried out. Randomized controlled trials, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, outcome research and studies of clinical decision rules were included. The studies showed that methods for the estimation of cervical ripening are not unequivocal nor is the nomenclature for digital examination. Evidence for routine screening for premature cervical ripening in asymptomatic low-risk women is insufficient. Knowledge of ultrasonographic cervical length in symptomatic women was not associated with a significantly improved outcome in symptomatic women, but may help to reduce length of hospitalization. In women selected by the Bishop Score, a transvaginal scan may reduce the number of false-positive results. Clarification on the methods for performing cervical assessment is needed. The evidence that transvaginal scanning of the cervix improves outcome in symptomatic women is insufficient. The methods for assessing cervical change should be regarded as complementary.
    Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica 12/2011; 91(4):428-38. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01341.x · 2.43 Impact Factor
  • Kurt Aagaard Nielsen · Jørgen Amdam · Britt Dale
    Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift 12/2010; 64(4). DOI:10.1080/00291951.2010.528613 · 0.43 Impact Factor
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    Kurt Aagaard Nielsen · Lise Drewes Nielsen · Eva Munk
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Superficial and volatile relations in working life become increasing subjective prob-