THE REHABILITATION CLINIC
TREATMENT OF TRAUMATISED REFUGEES AND THEIR FAMILIES
Rehabilitation in Denmark
DIGNITY is approved by the Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) as a highly specialised national centre specialising in the rehabilitation of severely traumatised refugees. The treatment is free of charge in accordance with Danish health legislation, and patients are referred via their own general practitioners. DIGNITY’s interdisciplinary team consists of doctors, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, and interpreters. The team helps torture victims, other severely traumatised refugees, and their families to cope with physical and mental trauma and tackle social challenges.
Rehabilitation with interdisciplinary approach
The rehabilitation process in the clinic in Denmark typically lasts approximately 10 months and is based on an interdisciplinary and biopsychosocial model, where physicians, psychologists, social workers, and physiotherapists cooperate closely in teams around the patient. A psychiatric consultant is also attached to the clinic. We offer individual treatment, group treatment, and family treatment and use highly skilled interpreters when needed. The purpose of the rehabilitation effort is to raise the individual’s (and possibly the family’s) physical, mental, and social ability to function.
Monitoring and evaluation of rehabilitation efforts
DIGNITY is continuously working to explore the effect of the various rehabilitation efforts both in Denmark and internationally. The aim is to document, further develop, and test the quality of the rehabilitation. Based on a thorough cost-benefit assessment, DIGNITY strives to identify the best and most effective treatment in any given context.
For this purpose, we work diligently to develop and implement credible and valid monitoring tools, preferably in collaboration with partners in Denmark and internationally.
In order to conduct research on the effects of our rehabilitation efforts, DIGNITY works on the basis of a 'multicentre' approach, where other Danish rehabilitation centres are invited to participate in the evaluation work in order to achieve results based on a larger patient population.
Internationally, we collaborate with partner organisations on the development and implementation of systems to monitor the course of and evaluate the effect of rehabilitation measures. We develop culturally relevant effect indicators and promote the use of indicators and monitoring.
Research in the clinic
Documentation and research in the clinical work have been done since our rehabilitation clinic was established in 1982 at Denmark’s main national hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Clinical research takes place in close interaction between researchers and therapists. The aim is to develop a more evidence-based knowledge about the treatment of traumatised refugees and gain more knowledge about the target group.