About SFO-V

Research in health care science is essential to advance knowledge of health promotion, prevention, nursing and rehabilitation as well as organization and management of care.

Today, more people survive injuries and conditions that were previously fatal, people are living longer, and new methodologies are raising hopes for improved quality of life - yet the individual and societal costs of care remain high.

SFO-V's vision

The overall vision for the Strategic Research Area Health Care Science is to ensure that the development and provision of healthcare services is based upon high quality research. The program presents a strategy for a new organization of health care science research at Karolinska Institutet and Umeå University, increased collaboration with healthcare providers and the business sector, and the renewal and expansion of advanced education (Masters/PhD).

SFO-V at Umeå Universitet

SFO-V promotes collaboration and invites stakeholders to take an active role in its work. The research area is strengthened and supported by the active engagement of the two universities' partner organizations: Stockholm and Västerbotten County Councils. It is governed by a board that includes representatives from the community, academia, and from national bodies related to health and welfare.

Our 4 core research areas

Research within SFO-V is focused on four main areas:

  • Co-creation - of services, processes and products refers to collaborative activities and approaches that strive to facilitate users, i.e. any stakeholder in issues related to health, disease and illness, working together on equal terms to create value, based on their different types of knowledge and experience.
  • Self-management - refers to a person’s ability to manage the symptoms, treatment, physical and psychological consequences, and life-style changes inherent in living with a health condition.
  • eHealth - refers to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health and health-related fields, including health care services, health surveillance, health communication, health education and research.
  • Bio-behavioural health care science - refers to the intercept of health care sciences with biological and behavioural sciences, to study the complex interactions among biological, social, behavioural and environmental factors and their effects on outcome to address issues of relevance for health care sciences.


Executive management and coordinator

The members in the executive management represent the surrounding society, academia and national organisations in the field of health care service, as well as Stockholm and Västerbotten county council.


Helena Lindgren

p.t. Director SFO-V
K6 Department of Women's and Children's Health

Louise Nygård

Professor / Board member SFO-V
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Yvonne Wengström

Professor / Nurse / Boardmember SFO-V
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Carol Tishelman

Professor / Board member SFO-V
C7 Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics

Stephanie Bonn

Assistant professor / Board member SFO-V
K2 Department of Medicine, Solna

Ingeborg Nilsson

Professor / Board member SFO-V

Umeå University, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, enheten för arbetsterapi.

Ing-Mari Dohrn

Postdoctoral researcher / Board member SFO-V
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society