Birgitte Lerbæk

Birgitte Lerbæk
Aalborg University Hospital · Unit for Psychiatric Research

RN, MSc of Health Science, PhD

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Introduction
Primary research interests are exploration of mental health care services from the perspectives of users and professionals, primarily using qualitative research methods. Current research is focused on management of physical health among people with schizophrenia and care coordination targeted complex treatment trajectories. Previous research has been conducted within mental health care services among case managers in assertive community treatment services.
Additional affiliations
November 2022 - present
Aalborg University Hospital
Position
  • Senior Researcher
June 2020 - October 2022
Aalborg University Hospital
Position
  • Postdoc in Clinical Nursing
February 2016 - April 2016
Aalborg University Hospital
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
August 2012 - August 2014
University of Southern Denmark
Field of study
  • Health Science
February 2012 - June 2012
University of Southern Denmark
Field of study
  • Health Science
February 2009 - June 2011
University College Lillebælt
Field of study
  • Registered Nurse

Publications

Publications (14)
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COVID-19 restrictions prevented relatives from visiting and accompanying patients to hospital and required that nurses wore personal protective equipment. These changes affected patients’ relationships with relatives and challenged their ability to connect with nurses. Individual, semi-structured interviews with 15 patients were carried out to expl...
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The role of transitional care nurses is sparsely described and knowledge is needed on their specific tasks and responsibilities to ensure continuity in transitions for older patients with multiple chronic conditions. The aim of this study was to explore and describe transitional care nurses’ practices related to transitional trajectories of older p...
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This study aims to explore how a changed COVID-19 work environment influences nurses’ clinical decision-making. Data were collected via three focus groups totaling 14 nurses working in COVID-19 pandemic wards at a Danish university hospital. The factors influencing decision-making are described in three themes; navigating in a COVID-19 dominated co...
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Introduction: Transitional care for older people with multiple chronic conditions is complex, and it is essential to identify the competencies of the nurses who provide such care. Aim: This study aimed to describe and compare the self-reported characteristics of transitional care nurses to their work areas, job satisfaction, competencies, and need...
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The maintenance of physical distance, the absence of relatives and the relocation of registered nurses to COVID-19 units presumably affects nursing care at non-COVID-19 units. Using a qualitative design, this study explored registered nurses’ experi- ences of how COVID-19 influenced nursing care in non-COVID-19 units at a Danish university hospital...
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The aim of this ethnographic study was to explore how a group of nine Danish people with schizophrenia managed physical health issues as they naturally occurred in everyday life. Qualitative methods were used to generate of data. Thematic analysis led to the description of two typical strategies used by participants to manage debilitating physical...
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Aim: This research thoroughly investigated aspects of everyday life among a group of people with schizophrenia, to gain insight into how physical health issues were managed. Methods: The PhD study was designed as an ethnographic study and drew on social constructionism. Nine participants with schizophrenia were recruited at two residential faciliti...
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Provision of physical health care to people diagnosed with severe mental illness is widely reported as inadequate. This interview study explored perspectives of a group of key informants on current practices of providing physical health care within two mental health care settings in Denmark. Thematic analysis of their accounts provided insights int...
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Background: Life expectancy of people with severe mental illness (SMI) is greatly shortened compared to the general population, and despite extensive research, this issue is unsolved. Although it is widely recognised that people with SMI need support from health care services to manage health related issues, profound health inequalities exist withi...
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Assertive community treatment (ACT) case managers provide healthcare services to people with severe and persistent mental illness. These case managers take on generic roles in multidisciplinary teams and provide all-around services in the clients' private homes. This focus group study aimed to gain insight into Danish ACT case managers' professiona...
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Deep sternal wound infection is one of the most serious complications after cardiac surgery, and it is treated with negative pressure wound therapy, NPWT. In Denmark the incidence rate for postoperative infections are at 3.5%. The aim of the study is to explore how patients with deep sternal wound infection after cardiac surgery experience NPWT. Th...
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The context of care in assertive community treatment (ACT) can be precarious and generate ethical issues involving the principles of autonomy and paternalism. This focus group study examined case managers' situated accounts of moral reasoning. Our findings show how they expressed strong moral obligation towards helping the clients. Their moral reas...

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The aim of this PhD study is to explore illness perspectives and health and illness behaviour among people with schizophrenia and the meaning ascribed to health and illness by these people with schizophrenia through interactions with their everyday surroundings. The objective is to gain insight into how this group is using health care services and through this knowledge gain insight into possible barriers for them seeking out, getting and maintaining treatment related to physical illness. This PhD study is designed as an ethnographic study and we employ qualitative methods, which can provide thick descriptions of health and illness behaviour among people with newly diagnosed and long-term schizophrenia, respectively. This is a three-year ph.d. study conducted in 2016-2019. Supervisor team: Marlene Briciet Lauritsen (main supervisor), Professor Niels Buus (project supervisor), Julie Nordgaard Frederiksen, Andrea McCloughen, and Rikke Jørgensen (co-supervisors) Other collaboration partners: Professor Jørgen Aagaard