The research group is researching the effects of innovative interventions on adherence to health regimes and self-care among chronically ill and frequent attending patients.  A further aim is to provide knowledge about the content and phenomena of adherence, and issues closely relating to adherence, using different types of research methods. Research teams is multi-disciplinary, including national and international partners. 

Research focus: 

  • evaluation of the effects of self-care interventions, technology-based and others
  • factors, which predict good adherence with health regimens 
  • adherence of self-care and healthy lifestyle 
  • adherence with health regimens connection to quality of life, patient’s participation in care and activity in care and some medical variables 
  • interactive counselling in Digital Care Path to support self-care and adherence to treatment 
  • cost-effectiveness of the digital care path
  • methodological issues (e.g. theory development – to create knowledge of nursing science, instrument developing and testing, content analysis)

Research materials include qualitative and quantitative data, psychometrically developed and tested instruments (incl. adherence with health regimens)  and care-path models. The groups uses methods of theory development and testing, interventional studies, systematic reviews with meta-analysis/meta-aggregation, qualitative study with content analysis, and psychometrically validated instruments.

Keywords: adherence, self-care, healthy lifestyles, quality of life, chronically ill patients

Research group
The research group is lead by Prof. Helvi Kyngäs. The group includes senior and post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates and master students.
4.5.2020 Researcher

Anne Oikarinen

23.3.2019 Researcher

Outi Kähkönen

Main partners: