Forte Awards Dalarna University Close to Five Million in Research Funding

Jenny Ericson, Clinical Lecturer, Nursing, has received 2 million SEK for research into breastfeeding and Marie Elf, Professor of Nursing, has received 2.9 million SEK for a project about self-care that aims to support the health and welfare of people with long-term illness.

Forte - the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare - is a research council and government agency that allocates fudning to research, its mission being to "pave the way for a more equal and sustainable society in the future" (Forte - website).

Amning, varför fungerar inte det?
(Breastfeeding, Why Isn't It Working?)

Jenny Ericson will head the project entitled "Amning, varför fungerar inte det?" (Breastfeeding, why isn't it working?). The current situation is such that there is little evidence-based knowledge about when and how problems with breastfeeding arise, and what the problems can be due to. This study will identify factors that affect breastfeeding in the first year of an infant's life so that more individually adapted breastfeeding support can be offered. The project will provide unique information on the factors that lead to women stopping breastfeeding unwillingly.

The project will begin in 2020 and run for two years. Working with the project will be Jenny Ericson of Dalarna University, Lina Palmér of the University of Borås, and Maria Hårdstedt and Anna Svärd from the Centre for Clinical Research Dalarna.

Det borde vara jag som bestämmer vad som är viktigt för mig
(I Should Be Able To Decide What's Important for Me)

Marie Elf, Professor of Nursing, has received 2.9 million SEK for her project. Life after a stroke can mean great challenges for the individual, and over half of all survivors report needs that are not met in terms of their psychosocial well-being. Healthcare is seeing great changes in practice, with care and treatment being more frequently offered at patients' homes.

Yet evidence concerning how to conduct complex interventions for self-care for this group of patients is currently insufficient. This study will be based on a well-established programme for self-care, developed and tested in Great Britain. It will focus on Sweden and look at the capacity of stroke survivors to take care of themselves in terms of their health and well-being.

The project will begin in 2020 and will run for two years. Working with the project are Lars Wallin and Catharina Gustafsson of Dalarna University, Tracy Finch of Northumbria University, Fiona Jones from St George's University of London, and Lena von Koch and Charlotte Ytterberg from Karolinska Institutet.

Senior Lecturer Nursing
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