Quality and innovation in the health care services

In the next few years, the health care services will have to cope with major challenges. In 2050, Norway will have twice as many people over 65 years. This means among other things that the health care services must care for twice as many people with dementia.

The number of people under 65 years with dementia is also increasing. Due to this, national guidelines highlight the massive need for innovation in the health care services. Research and increased competence in the field are therefore absolutely necessary.

High quality services will be in demand. The research group sees a clear need to identify and adress the needs of the elderly and family members in order to look at the priorities of these in health services. The health care services will be particularly challenging in areas which implies collaboration between services, particularly regarding care of older people with large and complex needs, such as frailty. The research group emphasizes promotion of health, the role of the family, volunteers and welfare services for older people.

The research group was established in 2012 and consists of 20 researchers from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, hospitals and municipal health services in the region.

The research group gives priority to perform research connected to care practice, and therefore is an important arena for collaboration with the field of practice as well as student involvement.

Objectives of research

The main goal of the research group is to build new knowledge and gain greater understanding of the content of the health care services as well as the role of the family. One important sub-goal is to raise the status of the health care services by creating professional interest in low-priority patient groups in the society. Another sub-goal is to involve students in research. This is how the research group wants to contribute to the development of health care services in a long-time perspective.

Selected projects

  • The nursing students as researchers in the nursing home. The students participated in research by registering activities in daily living (ADL) for residents using the Barthel index. Further, the students have been interviewed to gather their experiences with participating in research.Project manager: Anne Marie Sandvoll
  • Experiences of an ambulatory psychogeriatric team in a rural part of Norway. The purpose of the study was to gain knowledge about how the ambulatory team, the relatives and staff experience the outpatient services offered by the District Psychiatric Centre. Project manager: Anne Marie Sandvoll
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders in different dementias and association with perceived burden in caregivers, PhD project, Toril Marie Terum.
  • How can the health care services meet the needs of homebound older people with large and complex needs? PhD project, Bente Egge Søvde.
  • Nordic Nurse Competence Study. The purpose of the project is to establish knowledge of how nurses assess their own competence and knowledge challenges, from the time they are newly graduated and during the first 10 working years. Project manager: Irene Andersen

Research group leader

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Irene Aasen Andersen

Associate Professor