About SFO-V

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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 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
  • Self-management
  • eHealth
  • Bio-behavioural health care science

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.


Professor/physical therapist

Christina Helging Opava

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 888 80
Organizational unit: Sektionen för fysioterapi
E-mail: Christina.Opava@ki.se



Helena Lindgren

Phone: +46-(0)733-44 25 99
Organizational unit: Division of Reproductive Health
E-mail: Helena.Lindgren@ki.se

Board members


Louise Nygård

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 837 92
Organizational unit: Division of Occupational Therapy
E-mail: Louise.Nygard@ki.se


Yvonne Wengström

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 836 83
Organizational unit: Division of Nursing- Nursing 2
E-mail: Yvonne.Wengstrom@ki.se


Carol Tishelman

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 837 44
Organizational unit: Innovative Care Research
E-mail: Carol.Tishelman@ki.se

Assistant professor

Stephanie Bonn

Organizational unit: Group M Fored
E-mail: Stephanie.Bonn@ki.se


Ingeborg Nilsson

Phone: +46-(0)90-786 61 33
E-mail: ingeborg.nilsson@umu.se

Umeå universitet, Institutionen för samhällsmedicin och rehabilitering, Enheten för arbetsterapi.



Anna-Maria Loimi

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 864 36
Organizational unit: SFO-V
E-mail: anna-maria.loimi@ki.se

Care Sciences