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Health and Welfare


PREVIVE

Policy, Reimbursement, Evidence, Implementation, Value and Effectiveness in health and welfare technologies

We define health and welfare technology as technology-based interventions that aim at maintaining or promoting health, wellbeing, quality of life and/or increasing efficiency in the service delivery system of welfare, social and health care services, while improving working conditions of the staff.” Such interventions include tools, services and ways of working.

Wamala et al. 2021. Health Policy and Technology 10(2).

Our vision

Health, well-being and sustainability in society is optimized through effective use of evidence-based health and welfare technology.

Our main goal

To conduct research in health and welfare technology interventions that leads towards our vision, creating substantial and positive outcomes for users. Our research supports the Sustainable Development Goals, primarily goals 3, 9, and 12.

Our main tasks

  • To generate timely and robust evidence for the effectiveness of HWT interventions in the real world
  • To develop relevant research methods to address value of HWT for different stakeholders in society
  • To co-create and co-develop tools and knowledge together with relevant stakeholders
  • to support evidence-based and sustainable implementation and evaluation of HWT interventions
  • To contribute to building HWT research capacity at local, national and international levels

The group conducts intervention studies, implementation studies, economic and policy analysis, organisational research, as well as systematic compilation and evaluation of existing knowledge. The group’s work encompasses both international and local research needs, in close co-operation with end-users, technical developers, public health- and welfare organizations, agencies and international organizations, as well as research groups in other scientific fields.

Sustainable Development Goals 3,9 and 12

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HWT Research webinars

Research capacity building in health and welfare technology – International HWT Research webinars.

PREVIVE hosts monthly international research webinars about HWT. The aim is to increase research capacity in health and welfare technology and enhance research collaborations be inspired by international research. For every finalized webinar we publish a paper on the topic and invite speakers to contribute as co-authors.

Read more about HWT Research webinars



Our recent publications

Evidence-related requirements in Swedish public sector procurement of health and welfare technologies – a systematic review. External link, opens in new window. M. X. Richardson, S. Landerdahl Stridsberg and S. Wamala Andersson, BMC Health Serv Res 2022, 22(1).

Gray Literature in Evaluating Effectiveness in Digital Health and Health and Welfare Technology: A Source Worth Considering. External link, opens in new window. S. Landerdahl Stridsberg, M. X. Richardson, K. Redekop, M. Ehn and S. Wamala Andersson, Journal of Medical Internet Research 2022, 24(3).

Do we need a decision framework for integrated digital health to ensure sustainable healthcare? External link, opens in new window. M. Kyhlstedt, R. Di Bidino and S. W. Andersson. Health Policy and Technology 2021, 10(2).

Nocturnal digital surveillance in aged populations and its effects on health, welfare and social care provision: a systematic review. External link, opens in new window. M. X. Richardson, M. Ehn, S. L. Stridsberg, K. Redekop and S. Wamala-Andersson, BMC Health Serv Res 2021, 21(1).

Mobile Safety Alarms Based on GPS Technology in the Care of Older Adults: Systematic Review of Evidence Based on a General Evidence Framework for Digital Health Technologies. External link, opens in new window. M. Ehn, M. X. Richardson, S. Landerdahl Stridsberg, K. Redekop and S. Wamala-Andersson. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2021, 23(10).

Addressing evidence in health and welfare technology interventions from different perspectives External link, opens in new window.. S. W. Andersson, M. X. Richardson, M. Cozza, M. Lindén and K. Redekop. Health Policy and Technology 2021,10(2).

Nocturnal digital surveillance in aged populations and its effects on health, welfare and social care provision: a systematic review. External link, opens in new window. M. X. Richardson, M. Ehn, S. L. Stridsberg, K. Redekop and S. Wamala-Andersson, BMC Health Serv Res 2021, 21(1).

 

Ongoing research projects

Swedish municipalities widely use health and welfare technologies (HWT) in their health and social care services, but have noted challenges in procurement, implementation, and evaluation of these interventions. This project aims to investigate the use of, and support evidence-based working methods in these critical processes.


Project manager at MDU: Sarah Wamala Andersson

The primary purpose of the project will be to empower EU citizens in using digital tools to take a more active role in the management of their own health and well-being, as well as supporting social innovations for person-centred care models.


Project manager at MDU: Sarah Wamala Andersson

Main financing: European Union

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