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Project: Confidence in every step 3.0

This project is about interprofessional knowledge sharing about retaining, training and maintaining physical functioning among older adults integrated into daily living. We will use participatory, scenario-based methods in cooperation with Region Kronoberg, Region Kalmar län, and nearby municipalities.

Project information

Project title
Confidence in every step 3.0 – cross-organizational knowledge sharing about retaining and maintaining physical functioning among older adults in daily living
Project manager
Sofia Backåberg
Other project members
Susanna Strandberg and Mirjam Ekstedt, Linnaeus University; Jessica Olovsson, Region Kronoberg
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University; Region Kronoberg; Region Kalmar län; Växjö, Alvesta, Ljungby, Borgholm and Kalmar municipalities
Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte)
1 Dec 2022–30 Nov 2023
Caring science, e-health (Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

More about the project

This project’s focus is the utilization and sharing of knowledge developed in the previous project Confidence in every step 1.0. The focus is on supporting and motivating older adults to retain their physical functioning (balance, strength, confidence) in the stages when their functional ability suddenly changes, e.g. after an injury or hospital stay. When providing older adults with tools to retain and maintain their physical functioning in daily living at home, the prerequisites for active and independent living and healthy aging increase.

We know, however, through nearby research projects that even if digital support proves to be useful, the big challenges lie in implementing work processes that meet the patients' needs for support when digital tools are integrated and utilized in practice (Ekstedt et al., 2022). This project will contribute to a greater understanding of how the challenges of interprofessional cooperation and knowledge sharing can be bridged and are expected to generate valuable knowledge that can be used to integrate innovations into clinical practice.

The planned activities are five cross-organizational forum meetings with Region Kronoberg, Region Kalmar län and Ljungby, Växjö, Alvesta, Kalmar and Borgholm municipalities. We will use participatory methods, such as scenario-based forum play to promote a cross-organizational understanding of:

  1. How to motivate and support older patients (+65) to retain and practice their physical functioning at home.
  2. Which tools and working methods that work in the healthcare work processes.
  3. What the obstacles are to the use of interactive and innovative e-health tools to support older adults’ physical functioning at home.

The project is part of the research in The ReAction group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment: Sustainable Health.