Helena Larsson
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20152023

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My research area is about existential aspects and existential health. Several studies are based on  a person-centred approach and usually concerns the situation and well-being of older people and their relatives. The research is conducted in the contexts where older persons are given care and which their relatives encounter, such as palliative care, nursing homes and home environment with care from home care and home care services. I work mainly with qualitative methods such as focus group interviews and individual interviews are with different approaches in analysis - hermeneutics, phenomenology, content analysis, thematic analysis. I have also made approaches to quantitative studies such as a national survey aimed at carer coordinators in Sweden's 290 municipalities.

At home in Sweden, I collaborate with other researchers and clinically active in the field of care/health sciences, but also with theologians. Internationally, I collaborate in an interdisciplinary project together with researchers from Norway, Finland and Belgium.

Some examples of projects I am involved in are: person-centred conversations on existential and emotional aspects; equitable, close and safe care for people with Parkinson's disease and their families; and 'EXIST-well in Nursing Homes'.

I defended my thesis in 2020 about existential loneliness in frail older persons from the perspective of significant others. The thesis is part of the LONE study which has provided the basis for various interventions such as 'Alone' - an EU funded project on training for care staff on loneliness and person-centred care.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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