Well-being for Individuals and Families in Nursing (IndFamilyNurs)
Our research is particularly focused on the vulnerable patient groups including infants and children, as well as parents in need of support in their different life situations.
Research group information
Research group leader
Research group description
Research focus areas include:
- Promoting family orientation; developing instruments for the evaluation of family- and people-centered care and increasing the involvement of parents/relatives in the care
- The impact of the care and nature environment on the well-being; emphasizing the diversity of northern nature and its production virtually for different target groups
- Pain assessment and management; developing and testing multimodal pain assessment tools (considering also related concepts, such as fear, stress, and anxiety), evaluating the effectiveness of nonpharmacological methods and increasing the competence of staff through training interventions
Research materials include qualitative and quantitative data based on the interviews, surveys, documents and physiological parameters collected from patients, their families/relatives, and healthcare providers.
The group uses especially the methods of intervention studies (RCT), systematic reviews with meta-analysis, qualitative study with content analysis and developing psychometrically validated instruments. In addition, it is possible to use cohort study and theory development and testing.
Family, Child, Wellbeing, Nursing, Family-centered care, Nature, Technology-based/digital interventions, Pain, Stress, Fear, Anxiety, Participation, Pain assessment, Nonpharmacological methods
The research group is lead by Prof. Tarja Pölkki. The group includes senior and post-doctoral researchers, doctoral researchers and master's students.
The goal of our research group is to produce research evidence that enables the development of consistent practices and multidisciplinary innovations to promote family-orientation and the effectiveness of care in nursing environments. The results have the potential to reduce inequalities, promote justice and increase participation in care for different patient and population groups.
Our goal is to support the sustainable development to ensure healthy life and wellbeing for all ages, also including patients in hospital. Of particular interest are vulnerable children and their families.
The research project integrates knowledge from different disciplines in an innovative way to improve the quality and effectiveness of care. Collaboration is established with actors of the social and health service system, local companies, and researchers in various fields nationally and internationally.