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Doctoral project: The hope for efficient solutions – integrating technology to enhance the health and wellbeing of older people and their informal carers

This project aims to increase the understanding of the driving forces behind the integration of new technology as a support for health and wellbeing of older people and their informal carers, in the context of the Nordic countries.

Project information

Doctoral student
Maria Nilsson
Main supervisor
Elizabeth Hanson
Co-supervisors:
Lennart Magnusson, Stefan Andersson
Expert adviser
Patrick Hall, University of Birmingham, UK
Participating organisations

Linnaeus University, The Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga)
Project start
1 April 2018
Subject
Health science (Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

More about the project

The project will be based on the following studies:

  1. A scoping review of recent scientific literature describing technology-mediated interventions for older people and/or their informal carers, where health outcomes were assessed for one or both of these groups.
  2. A content analysis of recent health and social policies at local level for older people in the four Nordic countries with a focus on technology for older people and their informal carers.
  3. A qualitative interview study of policymakers’ views and priorities concerning technology for older people and their informal carers, in the context of the Nordic Welfare model.
  4. A case study using a comparative analysis of good practices currently being implemented that are making use of technologies within care for older people and informal carer support in a Nordic context. Including field study works – observing good practices in the field, conducting interviews with stakeholders.

The doctoral project is part of the research at The Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (SFCCC) and the research programme Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems. Maria Nilsson is a member of the Early Career Researchers network, supported by Sustainable Care.