The research group ICare

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The research group ICare.
The research within ICare focuses on Interaction, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Innovation, Intervention and Implementation.

Research Group Leader

Professor

Ann Langius-Eklöf

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 835 78
Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: ann.langius-eklof@ki.se

Asst research group leader

Lecturer

Kay Sundberg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 835 72
Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: Kay.Sundberg@ki.se

The research area

The research in the group is based on the salutogenic idea of what, from the patient’s perspective, promotes health and wellbeing, inner strength and strives for improvement. The emphasis is on the implication of the patient's own statements and the experience of living with a disease and how this is handled in order to improve health and well-being. The research covers method development, intervention studies and implementation carried out in close collaboration between researchers, patients and clinicians. Based on theories of patient participation, interventions are developed and tested from the patients, the care providers and the organizations perspective.

Ongoing Projects

1-Reporting in an application for smartphones and tablets (PhONEME)

Patients are today increasingly treated on outpatient basis which requires the patient to be an expert in their own health but also the provision of safe care from the healthcare givers. This project evaluates an interactive application for use in a smartphone or tablet connected to a Web interface enabling decision support for medical personnel. Via the application the patients reports their symptoms and concerns, and a pre-defined alert system instigates an immediate contact with a nurse when needed. In the application there is also access to evidence-based self-care advice and the possibility to view the reported symptoms through graphs. The content of the application is developed in collaboration with patients and healthcare personnel. The hypothesis is that the application gives extra support and increases the patient’s participation in care which ultimately leads to greater patient safety and cost effectiveness while patients experience a safe and appropriate care.
Ongoing projects include patients with prostate, breast and pancreatic cancer as well as older people receiving home care.

Links to Publications

2-SOC

An important research question is how perceptions and experiences differ between people and if this can be explained by the individual's ability to handle stressful situations, mainly based on the concept of sense of coherence (SOC). The research includes methodological studies of the questionnaire that measures SOC and its predictive value for recovery, relapse and survival.                                         

Financial support

The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

Swedish Cancerfoundation (Cancerfonden)

The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte)

The Kamprad Family Foundation for Entrepeneurship, Research and Charity (Familjen Kamprads stiftelse)

Internal KI funding for doctoral education (KID-medel)

Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences (Forskarskolan)

Members of the research team

Senior lecturer

Lena-Marie Petersson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 837 95
Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: Lena-Marie.Petersson@ki.se

Lecturer

Veronica Lindström

Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: Veronica.Lindstrom@ki.se

Graduate Student

Mats Christiansen

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 838 40
Organizational unit: Division of nursing- Nursing 1
E-mail: Mats.Christiansen@ki.se

Graduate Student

Tina Gustavell

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 838 43
Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: tina.gustavell@ki.se

Postdoc

Marie Nilsson

Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: marie.i.nilsson@ki.se

PhD student

Maria Fjell

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 837 42
Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: maria.fjell@ki.se

Graduate Student

Marie-Therese Crafoord

Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: marie-therese.crafoord@ki.se

Selected Publications

 

Symptoms and self-care strategies during and six months after radiotherapy for prostate cancer - Scoping the perspectives of patients, professionals and literature.

Educational Preparation of Nurses Caring for Older People with Cancer: An International Perspective.

Stability of the 13-item sense of coherence (SOC) scale: a longitudinal prospective study in women treated for breast cancer.

Characteristics of the Family Caregivers Who Did Not Benefit From a Successful Psychoeducational Group Intervention During Palliative Cancer Care: A Prospective Correlational Study.

Sense of coherence as a mediator of health-related quality of life dimensions in patients with breast cancer: a longitudinal study with prospective design.

Feasibility of an interactive ICT-platform for early assessment and management of patient-reported symptoms during radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

Measurement properties of the 13-item sense of coherence scale using Rasch analysis.

Short-term and long-term effects of a psycho-educational group intervention for family caregivers in palliative home care - results from a randomized control trial.

Delivering and participating in a psycho-educational intervention for family caregivers during palliative home care: a qualitative study from the perspectives of health professionals and family caregivers.

Feasibility of an interactive ICT-platform for early assessment and management of patient-reported symptoms during radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

Self-reported quality of life in long-term survivors of childhood lymphoblastic malignancy treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation versus conventional therapy.

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