Collaboration with the health services
If Sweden is to provide decent healthcare services and contribute to the improvement of human health, the bonds between its academic and healthcare sectors must be strong. It is vital that scientific discoveries are translated efficiently into new treatment methods and programmes, new medicines and techniques; conversely, clinical needs have to be fed quickly back into the laboratory so that new treatment methods can be developed.
The Stockholm County Council is Karolinska Institutets most important partner. The universitys mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education; Stockholm County Council practises healthcare and patient-orientated research, with the treatment of patients its paramount concern. So although our missions and priorities differ, our two organisations remain closely interlocked.
The purpose of our partnership is to create a well-integrated infrastructure for healthcare, education, research and development, and to obtain a better strategic overview of needs and resources.
One example of this strong partnership is Programme 4D (”D” as in diagnoses), a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Stockholm County Council (SCC). The overall aim of Programme 4D was to improve the health of and increase participation of the individual.