Research Projects

The Scool of Health Science conducts research in the areas of Caring Science, Public health Science, Applied Health Technology and Medical Science. The basis for new research projects are developed in collaboration with the other schools at BTH as well as with external partners such as Blrkinge Conty Council and other Institutes of higher learning. Some of the projects that researchers at the School of Health Science are involved in are presented below.

Blekinge Health Arena

The project Blekinge Health Arena involves a number of local and regional stakeholders in the development of sport, health, tourism and events in the Karlskrona area. Karlskrona municipality is the principal of the three-year project, started in 2010. At the School of Health Science research includes a public health perspective on life events influencing the performance of outdoor recreation and physical activity as well as opportunities for mobile recording of ECG.

Finaciers: Karlskrona municipality, European regional development fund, Region Blekinge, BTH, Blekinge County Council and SISU.

Partners: Karlskrona municipality, European regional development fund, Region Blekinge, BTH, Blekinge County Council, SISU, Blekinge IF, TelecomCity and Netport.

Contact: Louise Stjernberg



The Baltic Sea region is facing an increasing proportion aging population, leading to an increased demand for primary care services. At the same time there is an increasing shortage of health care professionals and doctors in the Baltic sea region, which challenges the maintenance of primary care. In particular this affects the brain drain of health professionals especially in rural areas throughout the Baltic region. The overall purpose of PrimCare IT is to increase interest for medical and health practitioners for primary care at a distance by means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring.

Financiers: European regional development fund. A project within the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

Partners: South Ostrobothnia Health Care District FI,  Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences FI, Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia FI, Kauhava Primary Health Care District FI, eHealth Institute, Linnaeus University SE, County Council of Västerbotten SE, Flensburg University of Applied Sciences DE, The Estonian Society of Family Doctors EE, Institute of Clinical Medicine of the Technomedicum ofthe Tallin Technical Unviversity EE, Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiy Klinikos LT, Kaunas University of Technology LT, State Educational Institution Belarusian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education BY, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences LT, National Health Service LV


INNOVAge aims to increase the effectiveness of regional development policies in the field of eco-independent living for elderly by networking and mentoring activities at regional and interregional level. Aging is considered part of an overall strategy of mutually reinforced INNOVATION policies and regional competitiveness.

Financier: European regional development fund (Interreg IVC - the programme for regional cooperation)

Partners: Marche Regional Authority IT, ADEBAG FR, Culminatum Innovation Oy FI, Sofia Municipality BG, Region of Central Macedonia EL, Regional Management of Social Services – Junta de Castillia y Léon ES, Geriskopou Miunicipality CY, SEHTA UK, Development Centre Litija SI, Lithuanian Innovation Centre LT, INTRAS FOUNDATION ES, Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia CZ, Rzeszow Regional Development Agency PL, Netherlands organization for applied scientific research TNO NL.

Äldres bästa

Older people's best in 2013 - nursing with a focus on sustainable health care for older people involves planning and responsibility for studies on the health-care process for older people with high needs of care. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with Blekinge Competence Center at Blekinge County Council and the structure which is built up to conduct a three-year trial with "older people pilots" is being funded by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL). The "older people pilot" will have a mandate to provide direct support to the most ill elderly and their relatives and will identify gaps in the current system of care and initiate improvements. This will be particularly studied in the research a number of researchers and doctoral students at the School of Health Science are involved in.

Contact: Göran Holst


SNAC - The Swedish National Study on Aging and Care - is a long-term national study on aging and care for older people. The project started in 2001 and the study was initiated by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and carried out in four areas in Sweden: The five municipalities in southern Sweden - Eslöv, Hässleholm, Osby and Ystad, a municipality in Blekinge - Karlskrona; the area of Kungsholmen in Stockholm and Nordanstig municipality in Hälsingland.

Contact: Johan Berglund


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