The research group is developing and evaluating the meaningfulness and effectiveness of the person- and digital-based patient counseling/health coaching on health, healthy lifestyle and digital wellbeing among children and youth, chronically ill patients and frequent attenders.  

Research focus: 

  • Effectiveness and meaningfulness of human and digital-based counselling/health coaching interventions 
  • Health coaching based on profiling citizen’s health, digital wellbeing, healthy lifestyle

Research materials include qualitative and quantitative data, psychometrically tested instruments (CQI-P, CQI-R, CCI) and health coaching model.  The groups uses methods of theory development and testing, interventional studies, cohort and register studies, systematic reviews with meta-analysis/meta-aggregation, qualitative study with content analysis. 

Keywords: health coaching, patient counselling, healthy lifestyle, digital wellbeing, problematic media use

Research group
The research group is lead by Prof. Maria Kääriäinen. The group includes senior and post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates and master students.
24.3.2019 Researcher

Pirjo Kaakinen

15.6.2020 Researcher

Mira Rajala

8.5.2020 Researcher

Krista Hylkilä

7.5.2020 Researcher

Niko Männikkö

Societal impact

The results of the research group support the Sustainable Development Goals, especially from the perspectives of promoting health and well-being and lowering inequality. The studies provide evidence for social 
and health care, education and leadership needs nationally and internationally,  taking into account the perspective of customers/users.


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