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Caring in Community Care

The group’s research encompasses community care in the context of ageing, e-Health and mental health from a public health perspective.

Research focus

Ageing: Global population is ageing as never before. Human ageing is complex with multidimensional health challenges of older persons and organisation how primary health care is organised to meet the needs of older persons in the community.  Social support including care by informal or family caregivers is a crucial and integral component of care of older persons in a society. The focus of the research group is to address multidimensional challenges of ageing including support to family caregivers, their health and e-nursing.

e-Health: Given the rapidly increasing digital literacy in Sweden and globally, e-Health offers a practical platform for health care professionals, by using electronic processes and communication, in providing support to populations across the life span including adolescents, youth, young and older adults and as well as family caregivers. Use of e-Health in community settings, e.g. care services for older persons at municipalities, school nursing, youth clinics, and particularly from the perspective of health promotion and disease prevention is an evolving research focus of the group.

This research group closely collaborates with the project groups “Nursing Care of Older People” and “Primary Care - throughout the life” at the Division of Nursing, Dept of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institute .

The research group Caring in Community Care consists of researchers in various stages of their career. It is a multi-disciplinary group representing, geriatric nursing, public health, gerontology, family nursing, psychology and palliative care.

Ongoing projects

Stress Alleviating Mobile Application for Caregivers (SAMAC): A Feasibility Study

[PI: Zarina N Kabir]:

The study aims to assess feasibility of a mobile application, Stress Alleviating Mobile Application for Caregivers (SAMAC), by collecting views of caregivers of persons with dementia on its use to alleviate stress. Specific objectives of the study include: Explore caregivers’ views on stress alleviation through a mobile application; explore caregivers’ preference of the features of the SAMAC; test the feasibility of the use of the SAMAC for 8 weeks; test usability of health assessment measures in the SAMAC by caregivers. This project is the result of collaboration with the Faculty of Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

SAMAC in Denmark

[PI: Hanne Konradsen]:

The aim of this study is to explore caregivers’ and dementia coordinators’ experiences of using technology in dementia care in everyday life. The study will furthermore be used to evaluate the possibility of conducting a study in Denmark, testing the same mobile app SAMAC.

Care of Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia (CAFCA): Mobile Application to Alleviate Stress and Improve Quality of Life

[PI: Zarina N Kabir]:

The aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of a mobile application (app) in reducing stress depressive symptoms, and loneliness thus improving quality of life of family caregivers of persons with dementia living at home in Sweden. Financed by the Kamprad Foundation and Strategic Research Program in Health Care Sciences (SFO-V), this 3-year long intervention study will be conducted in urban and rural parts of Sweden in collaboration with Umeå University and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Families in Nursing Care

[PI: Hanne Konradsen]:

The study aims to explore nurses' attitudes towards involving families in nursing care. Data have been collected in Sweden, Canada and China using social media as a tool to recruit sample of nurses across the countries. This study is conducted in collaboration with Hong Kong University of Technology and University of Toronto. Data analysis is ongoing. Furthermore, a study exploring changes in nurses’ attitudes in a Swedish context from 2011 to 2019 are being analysed in collaboration with Linneaus University.

In Conversation with a Frontline Worker of a Care Home in Sweden

[PI: Zarina N Kabir]

As the world heard the historic declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic in March 2020, countries had to act rapidly with no previous experience to draw upon. Unlike many countries, Sweden did not impose a lockdown but advised its citizens on precautionary measures, including forbidding visits to care homes. To explore how the pandemic was experienced in the first few months by the frontline workers who found themselves in the midst of the storm, we engaged in a dialogue with one such nurse. This project documents personal experience of a nurse working at a care home in Stockholm during the pandemic.

Rapid Response Research on COVID19 in Bangladesh

[PI at KI: Zarina N Kabir]

The study will be conducted in Bangladesh and aims to investigate i) the socio-demographic factors associated with COVID19 infections; ii) post-recovery consequence of COVID19 on mental and physical health of patients; iii) knowledge, attitude and practice in relation to Coronavirus and COVID19 among family members of COVID19 patients and frontline health workers in Bangladesh. Data collection for the project will begin in July 2020. The project is result of a collaboration with a humanitarian organisation in Bangladesh, Sajida Foundation.

Future care for older adults in home care and care home – associations between home care staff perceived job strain and older persons’ experiences of the quality of home care services.

[PI Home Help component: Anne-Marie Boström]

In this project we will investigate the associations between perceived job strain of home care staff including work environment and older persons’ experiences of the quality of home care services provided by staff. A survey was conducted regarding job strain and work environment among home care staff in 5 municipalities. From these five municipalities we also have data from the Brukarundersökning – the User survey conducted annually by the National Board of Health and Social Welfare in Sweden.

External funding

Kamprad Foundation

Karolinska Institutet Engagement Grant

Karolinska Institutet Verify Impact Grant

Karolinska Institutet and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Grant

Division of Nursing Strategic Grant

Strategic Research Area-Health Care Science, Karolinska Institutet

Research group leader

Zarina Nahar Kabir

Researcher
Omvårdnad 2
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Group members

Anne-Marie Boström

Senior lecturer/nurse
Omvårdnad 1
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Berit Cronfalk

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring
Omvårdnad 2
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Åsa Dorell

Post doc (starts 2020-08-17)

Ana Kallström

Research assistant
Omvårdnad 2
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Hanne Konradsen

Affiliated to research
Omvårdnad 1
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Cecilia Moberg

Lecturer
Omvårdnad 1
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Anne Marie Tyrrell

Affiliated to research
Omvårdnad
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Collaboration

Angela Leung

Associate Professor

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong

Kristina Lämås

Senior Lecturer

Sebastiaan Meijer

Professor

School of Engineering in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden