Research in Health and Welfare
The research at the school concerns health and welfare, specifically within the area where these fields of knowledge and practice overlap in health related aspects of welfare and welfare related aspects of health. Our research profile is interdisciplinary and focused on three themes: equity and access, professional knowledge and development, and creativity and innovation in the service sector.
Equality and participation
Research for value and benefit
Our research departs from the professional need of knowledge and relevance for practice. The different projects contribute to the development of a knowledge base for practitioners within the health sector, social services and other care and welfare institutions. Research questions also emerge through dialogues with the surrounding society locally, regionally and nationally. Several projects focus on support for assessment and decision-making and a more evidence-oriented field of practice. Others aim at a deeper understanding of the working conditions of professionals, and at the realisation of the goals and values central to health and welfare. Another area focuses on knowledge about how participants’ own resources and inner motivation can be enabled, and on the integration of such knowledge into professional roles.
Societal development combined with changes in the population structure, new life patterns, factors of (ill)health and technical developments create new demands on flexibility, openness and innovation within research, education and practice. Creativity and innovation both concern the organisation of health and welfare services, and how they are carried out in dialogue with service users/clients/patients. One example of our research activity in this area is health and welfare technology and the cooperation arena for Health and Welfare Technology (named “the Arena”) which coordinates the Mälardalen University research on health and welfare technology with user perspectives as its research profile.