University of Oulu, 2016

Research

The Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management contains a total of five different research categories within nursing science, health care education and health management. The research unit produces high-quality multidisciplinary research with a social impact that is nationally and internationally recognized. The research contributes to health care services and the general health and well-being of the population. The aim of nursing science research is on methods of health promotion on the individual and community level.  The aim of health management is on renewable management and leadership in social and health care. The aim of health care education research is on the development and improvement of the competence of health care staff, students and teachers in professional environments.

Adherence to self-care and healthy lifestyle

Aims to research the effectiveness of counselling for the chronically ill and people with overweight; and people’s adherence to care and/or healthy lifestyle. Research focus:

  • Factors, which predict adherence to care
  • Adherence to self-care and healthy lifestyle
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of self-care intervention
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of counselling and case management intervention

    More information:  Prof. Dr. Helvi Kyngäs  helvi.kyngas (at) oulu.fi
     
  • Health lifestyle for aging well (HLAW-project) (more information: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details-page/?nodeRef=workspace://SpacesStore/db2fb832-957d-49d4-b89d-3caed39bb050)
  • The development of nursing documentation and technologies in nursing
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of counselling on adherence to self-care and capabilities by patients after joint replacement surgery

    More information: Dr. Pirjo Kaakinen pirjo.kaakinen (at) oulu.fi)

Counseling, health coaching and healthy lifestyles

Aims to research the effectiveness of counselling/health coaching on health, healthy lifestyles (incl. technology use) and self-care of the adolescents and adults. The objective is to produce evidence-based knowledge for peoples´ everyday life and for development of client-oriented health care. Research focus:  

  • Effectiveness of technology-supported counselling/health coaching interventions (web, social media, mobile/phone, group, pre-counselling) on health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and self-care
  • Technology users and lifestyle counselling of adolescents and adults
  • Predictors of counselling quality of people with chronic illness
  • Developing and testing an instrument and model of counselling quality

    More information: Prof. Dr. Maria Kääriäinen (maria.kaariainen (at) oulu.fi)
  • Profiling lifestyles and developing effective health coaching interventions to promote physical activity among adolescents and families
    More information: Dr. Heidi Ruotsalainen (heidi.ruotsalainen (at) oulu.fi)

The well-being and functional ability supporting living and care environment

Aims to research the effects of living and health care environment on the wellbeing, health and functional capacity of the elderly and people suffering from memory related disorders. The aim is to produce knowledge on a variety of technological and digital solutions aiming for the well-being and domestic safety of the elderly who live at home. Furthermore, the aim is to increase understanding on physical, social and symbolic health care environment in the area of health care and health promotion. Research focus:

  • Technology and environment supporting the well-being of people suffering from memory related disorders and their families  
  • VALMUSKA - Intelligent lighting and thermal comfort technologies for care services of home-dwelling elderly people with a memory disorder
  • Security feeling at home for those suffering from memory related disorders (TuTunKo 2016-2017)
  • Supportive solutions and approaches for living at home and for maintaining one’s capacity for independent living.  
  • Predictors of environmental factors of self-care of the elderly
  • Development of the environment for long term care of the elderly  
  • The operating environment for the education on care of the elderly

    More information: Adj.prof. Dr. Satu Elo (satu.elo (at) oulu.fi)

Competence of health care staff, students and teachers

Aims to research the competence of health care teachers, students and staff and related predictors. The objective is to create the evidence-based knowledge for basic and continuing education, inter-professional activities and clinical learning. Research focus:

  • Students’ clinical learning environment and mentors’ competence (incl. culturally and linguistically diverse students, challenging students, inter-professional groups) international and national comparative studies
  • Patient counselling competence of students, teachers and nurses
  • Effectiveness of technology-based educational interventions (incl. ubiquitous and e-learning environments, inter-professional and collaborative learning) on competence of students and nurses
  • Working life co-operation in competency-based education
  • Developing and testing instruments of competence (incl. student mentoring in clinical practice, counselling competence)

    More information: Prof. Dr. Maria Kääriäinen (maria.kaariainen (at) oulu.fi)

Management and leadership in social and health care

Aims to describe, analyse, chart, enhance understanding and evaluate renewable management and leadership in social and health care. The research is focused on development work, change processes, and projects in social and health care, particularly in organizational and working unit level. Research focus:

  • Structures and processes of renewable social and health care system and management
  • Organizational change in social and health care
  • Effectiveness of social and health care system and management
  • Work of managers, experts and employees in changing social and health care especially during development work and in health care projects

    More information: Adj.prof. Dr. Marjo Suhonen marjo.suhonen (at) oulu.fi

Last updated: 17.10.2017