Outi Kähkönen

Outi Kähkönen


University teacher, post doctoral researcher

8 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 84 times. The author has a h-index of 5.00.


I have defended my doctoral thesis in health sciences in 2017. After that, I have worked as a university teacher and post doc researcher at the Nursing and Health Management Research Unit. I have versatile experience of the cardiovascular nursing and development of patient education and care pathways. As a researcher I am particular interested in the cardiac patients’ adherence to treatment.

Research interests

  • Adherence to treatment
  • Cardiovascular nursing

Peer Reviewed Publications

Kähkönen O, Kyngäs H, Saaranen T, Kankkunen P, Miettinen H, Oikarinen A. 2019. Support from next of kin and nurses are significant predictors of long-term adherence to treatment in post-PCI patients. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. First Published  November 20, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474515119887851

Kähkönen O, Kankkunen P, Saaranen T. Miettinen H, Kyngäs H. (2019) Hypothetical model of perceived adherence to treatment among patients with coronary heart disease after a percutaneous coronary intervention. Nursing Open. First published: 27 September 2019. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.381


Kähkönen O, Saaranen T, Kankkunen P, Lamidi ML, Kyngäs H and Miettinen H. 2018. Predictors of adherence to treatment by patients with coronary heart disease after a percutaneous coronary intervention. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27(5–6): 989– 1003. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14153

Kähkönen O, Saaranen T, Lamidi M, Miettinen H and Kankkunen P. Perceived Health among Patients with Coronary Heart Disease Four Months after a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. International Journal of Caring Sciences 10 (1): 54 – 66, 2017.

Kähkönen O, Kankkunen P, Miettinen H, Lamidi ML and Saaranen T. 2016. Perceived social support following percutaneous coronary intervention is a crucial factor in patients with coronary heart disease. Journal of Clinical Nursing 26(9 – 10): 1264 – 1280. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13527.

Kähkönen O, Kankkunen P, Saaranen T, Miettinen H, Kyngäs H and Lamidi ML. 2015. Motivation is a crucial factor for adherence to a healthy lifestyle among people with coronary heart disease after percutaneous coronary intervention. Journal of Advanced Nursing 71(10): 2364 - 2373. doi: 10.1111/jan.12708.

Kähkönen O, Kankkunen P & Saaranen T. 2012. Sepelvaltimotautia sairastavan potilaan ohjaus. Hoitotiede 24(3): 201 – 215.

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Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Member of the working group set up by Nursing Research Foundation
  • Peer reviewer: Nursing Research and Practice 2018
  • Peer reviewer: Patients Preference and Adherence 2019

Research groups

  • Post doc researcher, Member of research group: Adherence to self-care and healthy lifestyle

Research visits

  • EANS

    European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) summer school 2013 – 2015.



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