Annette Sofie Davidsen – University of Copenhagen

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Annette Sofie Davidsen

Associate professor, assistant research director, specialist in family medicine, PhD, DrMedSci


The Research Unit for General Practice
Department of Public Health 
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5
P.O. Box 2099
DK-1014 Copenhagen

Telephone: +45 353-37524

My current research focus is on coordinated and collaborative care across sector borders for patients with mental disorders and medically unexplained symptoms. The research projects aim at designing meaningful, realistic and effective interventions when different sectors are involved in the treatment of patients. In particular, I am concerned with the borderland between psychiatry and general practice with a focus on useful cooperation models and integration of treatment, also for comorbid physical disease.

I have conducted projects exploring the understanding between doctor and patients, especially in relation to patients with depression, and the understanding and cooperation across sector borders about patients with mental disorders. I cooperate both with language psychologists about the process of interpersonal understanding and with organisational researchers about implementation aspects. We use linguistic methods as conversation analysis and systemic functional linguistics and different implementation theories as for example normalisation process theory. Besides, I conduct theoretical studies about psychological theories and concepts that are relevant for general practice, and I participate in qualitative method development. I am also interested in philosophical and sociological theories in relation to concepts of illness and treatment in psychiatry and theories about the link between bodily and mental symptoms and disorders. In that respect I work with the concept of mentalization.

Specialist in family medicine, specialist in psychotherapy, PhD, DMSc

Primary areas of research
The borderland between psychiatry and general practice, development of useful collaborative intervention models also involving the municipalities. Understanding of patients with mental disorder. Shared care between general practice and psychiatry.
The phenomenology of the concept of depression, understandings by GP’s and psychiatrists.
The concept of mentalization, its roots and connections.

Research projects

  • Collaborative care. The effect of a bridge building treatment for anxiety and depression. Conditions, processes and organisational consequences of collaborative care for anxiety and depression. 

  • Understandings of depression. GPs' and psychiatrists' understanding of patients with depression and of the concept of depression.

  • Understandings and transsectorial treatment of patients with general widespread pain.

  • Cross-sectorial intervention for young people with common mental disorders and other psycho-social problems.