Elisabeth Bomholt Østergaard
1993 …2023

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Research areas

Mental health:

Mental health in a mind-body perspective, especially including the body’s influence on mental health and on reducing and preventing stress, depression and anxiety. The meaning and the influence of mind-body connection, bodily touch, massage, basic body awareness therapy (BBAT), mindfulness, relaxation etc. on mental health.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):

Everyday life living with COPD. How to achieve rest, reduced anxiety, reduced dyspnea and more energy. Barriers and motivational factors for activities giving breathlessness and how to achieve motivation and courage for getting breathless. Development and implementation of functional testing as a supplement and sometimes instead of the lung function test.


Amputation and claudicatio intermittens:

Prevention of amputation by treatment for claudicatio intermittens. Experiences and identity in cases of leg amputation. Everyday life after amputation of an extremity, incorporation of the prothesis, phantom pain and phantom sensations as different experiences, sorrow and crisis, reintegration in oneself, ones’ own body and in society – now in a new state.


Research approach

Various qualitative approaches and especially anthropological fieldwork with participant observation, interviewing, focus groups etc.



Linguistic competences:
Language: Danish
Level: Native speaker
Language: English
Level: Experienced

Organisational unit competences:
Project management: Several years of experience
Networking: Some experience
Fundraising: Some experience
Administration: Several years of experience
Management: Several years of experience

Education/Academic qualification

Master in the Anthropology of Health, University of Copenhagen

Award Date: 22 Jun 2006

Physiotherapist, Aarhus University

Award Date: 28 Jun 1984

Diploma degree in pedagogy, Videreuddannelsen for Ergoterapeuter og Fysioterapeuter

… → 10 Jun 1993


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