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PhD defense by Tim Alex Lindskou

The Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital are pleased to invite to PhD defense by Tim Alex Lindskou, who will defend the thesis entitled: Prehospital Dyspnoea Measurement


14.05.2020 kl. 12.30 - 15.30


The PhD defense will take place

Thursday the 14th of May 2020
Time: 12:30 via Skype for Business

Because of COVID-19 the PhD defense will be via Skype for Business.
For registration to the defense, please write an e-mail to Christina Elmer later than May 12, 2020


Clinical professor, Erika Frischknecht Christensen
Aalborg University

Clinical Associate Professor, Ulla Møller Weinreich
Aalborg University

Associate Professor, Birgitte Schantz Laursen
Aalborg University

Clinical professor, Søren Mikkelsen
University of Southern Denmark

Assessment Committee

Clinical Professor, Jan Mainz (chairman)
Aalborg University

Professor, Maaret Castren
University of Helsinki

Clinical Associate Professor, Anders Løkke Ottesen
University of Southern Denmark


About the PhD thesis

In 2018, the Danish Council on Ethics published a report on prioritisation in the Danish health services. The council emphasised a considerable unjust prioritisation of patients, as the quality of care appear to depend on their specific disease. As such patients suffering from e.g. chronic obstructive lung disease appear to receive less resources. The focus of the thesis is a patient group that include many of the low prioritized patients, namely those with acute dyspnoea in the prehospital setting.

Acute dyspnoea is a severe and complex symptom, but knowledge of the patient’s characteristics, perceived dyspnoea and if they experience a relief of symptom is limited. Studies assessing perceived dyspnoea in the prehospital setting are scarce, as are studies investigating the relation between acute dyspnoea, objective measurements, and patient outcome.

The objective of the thesis was to characterize ambulance patients with acute dyspnoea and investigate their initial perceived intensity of the symptom and whether they experience a relief hereof. Finally, to assess the clinical usefulness of a verbal numerical rating scale for assessing the patients’ perceived acute dyspnoea.

The article-based thesis is centred around three studies:

  • A population-based historic cohort study, investigating characteristics of ambulance patients with acute dyspnoea
  • A prospective cohort study, investigating patients’ perceived intensity of acute dyspnoea, relief hereof, and relation to objective measurements
  • And finally, a prospective cohort study, assessing a prehospital dyspnoea scale’s ability to predict patient outcome.


Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital


Sdr. Skovvej 15, 9000 Aalborg

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