People, health and technology

People, health and technology

 The research focuses on the areas of nursing and health sciences. The recurring element of the research is applied health technology, that is, how health can be affected by the use of new technologies and how technological research can help promote a good life.

The research comprises studies of people in states of both health and illness, after an injury, with disabilities, and with special needs, as well as studies of how technology can support and develop health, healthcare and nursing. The researchers also study the processes, methods, diagnostics or treatments that alleviate symptoms, focusing on understanding, strengthening, supporting and compensating people in different health situations, in different contexts and using different methods.

An important part of the research is interaction in the form of communication, cooperation, and learning, which demonstrate the multidisciplinary perspective that characterises the field.

The research in people, health and technology is mainly conducted at the department of health.

Research specialisations

Research is conducted within the following subjects:

The subject is based on people’s needs – health, environment, interaction and care. The objective is to gain knowledge to support, improve and restore human health; prevent, relieve and endure suffering; and create conditions for a peaceful death. The research focuses on individual patients and their relatives’ needs and resources, the healthcare and environmental circumstances, and on care from an organisational perspective.

Public health science
The subject is based on a multidisciplinary perspective that includes knowledge from different disciplines studying the impact of lifestyles, the environment, social structures and healthcare systems on public health. The objective is to gain knowledge about people’s health, health determinants, and health promotion and preventive healthcare.

Medical science
The subject studies human beings from a biological perspective on the basis of natural science. The research projects seek explanations to the causes, symptoms and processes of different diseases, based on pathophysiological changes and treatments.

Applied health technology
This is an interdisciplinary subject incorporating studies on how health directly or indirectly relates to the application and results of technology. The research projects are based on both individuals and the population at large. The subject is also the subject of a PhD programme at BTH.

Examples of projects


The research SMART4MD (Support Monitoring and Reminder Technology for Mild Dementia) aims to develop new technologies that can help older people with cognitive impairments. In addition to this it aims to raise the quality of life for these elderly people and their relatives as well as improve the care for the patient group. The pojects is conducted in Europe in collaboration with Luxembourg, England, Spain, Czech Republic, Belgium and Sweden.

Funded by the EU, Horizon 2020, 2015-2019
Contact person: Johan Sanmartin Berglund 



Blekinge is one of the four study areas in the national research project Swedish National Study on Aging and Care (SNAC) since the start of the project in 2001. SNAC is a long-term national study of aging and the health and social care for the elderly. SNAC combines a population perspective focuses on describing the aging and older people’s life situation with a health systems perspective that describes and analyzes the care system in relation to the needs of the elderly.

Contact person: Johan Sanmartin Berglund