Marianne Uggen Rasmussen graduated as a registered nurse from Stavanger Nursing College in Norway in 1986, and was subsequently employed at Stavanger University Hospital in a gastroenterological ward. After moving to Denmark, Marianne completed her Master’s degree in Public Health, at the University of Copenhagen in 2007, and she was employed by Frederiksberg Hospital afterwards to coordinate and teach in a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program for patients with Chronic Widespread Pain (CWP) and Fibromyalgia (FM), in the outpatient clinic of chronic pain.
Marianne was employed as a research assistant at the Parker Institute in June 2011, while she worked on her Ph.D.-protocol. She was enrolled as a Ph.D.-student in January 2013 at University of Southern Denmark, and she has been lecturing in disease prevention and health promotion at the bachelor of Medicine since then. Marianne defended her Ph.D-thesis: Self-efficacy and rehabilitation af patients with fibromyalgia, on July 1st. 2016.
The focus of Marianne's PhD was to investigate how perceived pain self-efficacy, (the patients confidence in own ability to perform activities in spite of pain), is affected as a result of multi-disciplinary rehabilitation for patients with CWP and FM. The aims of the project was to develop and validate a Danish version of the Pain Self Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ), and to use the Danish version (PSEQ-DK), to evaluate effect on pain self-efficacy after multi -disciplinary rehabilitation in a randomized controlled study. A final aim of the PhD was to conduct a qualitative study to investigate how the rehabilitation can influence the patients’ self-efficacy.