PhD course: research in health technology is more than clinical research

This week, more than 30 PhD students from all over the world and researchers from the USA and Denmark have gathered at Odense University Hospital to learn more about relevant research methods and their strengths and weaknesses in the design, assessment and implementation of digital health technologies.

They are here because CIMT is hosting its first PhD course which Kristian Kidholm, Head of Socio-Economic Research at CIMT has organised.

Assessments’ impact on research

One of the topics in the course is the interplay between assessments of health technology and research in health technology,

One case from the course was the randomised study on home monitoring of diabetic foot ulcers presented by Knud Yderstræde, Senior Researher at CIMT. The study showed an increased mortality rate for patients who were treated with telemedicine. As is the case here, research and assessments do not always provide the results we hoped for, so it is highly relevant to discuss when to proceed with implementation and when to stop treatment based on research results.

Another central point of the course is that research in health technology is more than clinical research. It is also research in design, qualitative research with focus groups and research in implementation. Interdisciplinarity is thus pivotal for researching health technology.

More than research

The course provided a range of interesting presentations and the students also visited the Mærsk McKinney Møller Institute at the University of Southern Denmark where they saw examples of the newest Danish research in health technology.

There was also time for some of that renowned Danish “hygge” such as a sailing trip and a visit to the local street food market.

The students leave the course with a suitcase full of new knowledge to make use of in their future work with their dissertations. But they have also gained a large, international network of researchers with different educational backgrounds which provide new perspectives to future research and cooperation – ultimately to benefit the patients.

All researchers and students together for the group photo:

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The course is arranged with TTRN – Transatlanic Telehealth Research Network, which works to ensure an interdisciplinary research network on telehealth.

Read more about TTRN on their website here.