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VIP - Very Integrated Program

A project with people in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction in Skåne, Sweden. The purpose of this project is to investigate the effect of integrating health activities in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. VIP identified the presence of health and comorbidity for men and women, and evaluated the effect of health activities on living habits and effect of addiction treatment in a randomized controlled trial.

Contact person: Hanne Tönnesen


In this study we investigate whether an evidence-based education 4 weeks after surgery can have the same positive effect in cases where the surgery is acute and an alcohol-free period is not possible before the surgery, focusing on ankle fractures. Scand-Ankle is a Nordic project involving about 70 patients and conducted by orthopedic surgeons and alcohol researchers from Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Contact person: Hanne Tönnesen

Sleep, media habits and lifestyle in school age children

Sleep problems in school-aged children have increased threefold since the late 1980s. The amount of sleep that children and adolescents have has been reduced by about an hour over the last 100 years. Meanwhile, the number of overweight and obese children is increasing, putting those affected at risk of cardiovascular and other diseases. Both short and overly long periods of sleep are associated with being overweight as an adult. At the same time, media habits and activity patterns have changed significantly. This is a longitudinal survey study (March 2008 to June 2020), where we are investigating sleep duration, body perception, physical activity, BMI and media habits with questionnaires and height/weight measures in school-aged children and adolescents.

Contact person: Pernilla Garmy

Do snuff, e-cigarettes and nicotine products (SEN) affect the orthopedic treatment outcome?

There is evidence that smoking cessation before surgery halves the complication rate, which makes intervention cost-effective. The question is whether this applies to other forms of tobacco dependence, namely the use of snuff and other forms of nicotine addiction, such as the use of e-cigarettes, and the long-term use of nicotine products? If the answer is yes, the users should quit prior to surgery - just as in smokers. If the answer is no, it should be of great importance for future recommendations in the treatment of surgical patients.

Our goal is to evaluate a possible effect of SEN on treatment outcomes and quality of life among approx. 7000 adult patients at the orthopedic clinic in Kristianstad-Hässleholm. All patients are monitored after 1, 6 and 12 months. We will, through interviews, gather knowledge about the attitude and preferences of patients and staff during the study. This is a 4-year study with 2 years of inclusion and 1 year of follow-up.

Contact person: Hanne Tönnesen

Children of alcohol dependent parents

The aim of the study is to investigate whether children of alcohol-dependent parents are affected by their upbringing in a longer perspective, i.e. in adulthood. The studied group are children and adolescents who participated in a children's project during 1993-2002. A follow-up was made in 2003-2004, and a further follow-up is ongoing.

Contact person: Ulla Zetterlind

Systematic Reviews

Effect of clinical health promotion on patient pathway and treatment results in 7 areas: surgery, mental illness, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, pregnancy and perinatal care as well as teaching and training of staff.

Contact person: Hanne Tönnesen

Existential aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction

The purpose of the study is to evaluate existential aspects among patients in treatment for alcohol abuse and addiction. After informed consent, profound interviews of dependent patients are conducted on their perception of life and experiences of treatment and reflections on future goals. Individual patient interviews have been completed.

Contact person: Jan Arlebrink

Ethics in addiction treatment

How do patients perceive being offered/not offered physical activity?

Contact person: Jan Arlebrink

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