Innovative Care

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A DöBra idea - Sophia Savage works with a deck of cards to make people talk about what they think is important at the end of their lives. Read more...(in Swedish)
Max Kleijberg explores how children and elderly people can meet to discuss issues related to dying, death and bereavement to learn from each other. Read more...
Design in academic health care, 10 Dec 2015 (English) - Watch the filmed symposium

Innovative care - what we do

We focus on conducting high quality, health care science-relevant research through multi-disciplinary collaboration, and on improving its translation into practice by linking research, education and practice. 

To achieve our goals, we collaborate with well-renowned researchers nationally and internationally to strengthen common research themes, and to link research grounded in health care sciences, with life sciences, social sciences, and art-design.

A common focus among researchers in our group has been on studying experiences of different aspects of cancer, HIV and other potentially life-threatening but often long-lasting conditions, along the sickness trajectory from risk through diagnosis and treatment, through palliative and end-of-life care.

One particular focus of our present work is related to End-of-Life (EoL) and Palliative Care; notably, we extend our definition of PC from being cancer-specific and primarily focused on specialist PC to a more public health-based perspective in order to facilitate equal quality in EoL care independent of diagnosis and place of death. Other projects focus on quality of life and disease-related stigma in persons living with HIV and other transmissible diseases. We also use translational health science research integrating the biological and experienced body, for example in projects on early symptom experiences and biomarkers in lung cancer. To better support translation of research into practice, we have expanded our research profile to include research related to organizational understanding, knowledge development and change processes, which also incorporates efforts at capacity building and knowledge translation.

A theoretical and methodological common denominator enjoining the different projects in the group, beyond their specific research approach, is a focus on stakeholder experiences which, at the most basic level, involves using knowledge derived from the experiences of different stakeholders and stakeholder groups  to generate new knowledge. We also apply this knowledge through experience-based co-design  (influenced by Bate and Robert (2006)), to design and influence changes in health care provision and services.

Research group

Joint-Research group leader


Carol Tishelman

Telefon: 08-524 837 44
Enhet: MMC/Innovativ vård

Joint-Research group leader


Lars E Eriksson

Telefon: 08-524 838 31
Enhet: MMC/Innovativ vård

Research group members

Jane E Ball graduate student
Kerstin Belqaid graduate student
Britt-Marie Bernhardson postdoc
Ida Carlander postdoc
Malin Henriksson research assistant
Helena Kjellgren graduate student
Max Kleijberg project assistant
Maria Lindberg graduate student
Olav Lindqvist project coordinator
Rikard Lindqvist postdoc
Ylva Orrevall associated
Sara Runesdotter statistician
Sophia Savage project coordinator
Lena Sharp senior researcher
Lisa Smeds Alenius  graduate student
Catarina Widmark  associated

Ongoing projects

  • DöBra: introduction of  health promoting palliative care in Sweden: financed by Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte)

  • Swe-ACP: The overall aim of Swe-ACP is to diminish avoidable suffering related to dying, death and bereavement through development and testing of systematic approaches to promote discussion of values and preferences about End of Life care choices, before death is imminent. (part of the DöBra programme)

  • Space and Place in End-of-Life Care: Co-designing experience-based interventions: Financed by National Research School in Health Care Sciences, PICK-UP (ALF-SLL)

  • Mapping of prediagnostic health changes: linking subjective experience with clinical, metabolic, and molecular changes to facilitate early detection of lung cancer (Symptom descriptors project): Tishelman, Henoch, O. Lindqvist et al. Financed by The Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden); Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), ALF, KI Center for health care sciences (Centrum för Vårdvetenskap)

  • Multi-dimensional evaluation of chemosensory perceptions in cancer populations at risk for involuntary weight loss: Bernhardson, Tishelman et al. Financed by Swedish Research Council, National post-graduate research school for health care sciences

  • SOL project: We investigate how people with cancer experience that their taste and smell senses are affected in different stages of their cancer disease. We relate these symptoms to other problems, well-being and food intake.

  • RN4CAST: R. Lindqvist, Tishelman et al. Financed by EU 7th Framework, National post-graduate research school for health care sciences, KI Center for health care sciences (Centrum för Vårdvetenskap)

Latest events

Watch the filmed symposium- Design in academic health care, 10 December, 2015

Innovative care in the media

In Swedish (Innovativ vård i media)

DöBra in the media

In Swedish (DöBra i media)

Palliative Care