I defended my thesis at Linköping University 2018-05-04 with the title "Communication about the Heart Failure Trajectory in Patients, their Families and Health Care Professionals". The thesis is part of a research Project called the TALK-HF project, where professorTiny Jaarsma is the project manager. TALK-HF stands for "Developing and Evaluating a Training Programme Aimed at Reducing the Lack of Knowledge and Communication concerning Palliative Care Issues in Heart Failure Patients". The overall purpose of the study is to improve the quality of care for heart failure patients by focusing on communication problems between healthcare staff and heart failure patients by improving their quality of life, while at the same time preventing unnecessary suffering and use of resources. This is done by setting up, further developing and testing a training intervention in the field of communication for healthcare staff in palliative care. Data will be collected from both the heart failure patients and healthcare staff in order to gain both groups' views on optimal communication concerning palliative care for heart failure patients.
Evaluation of palliative simulation in training in nursing
Simulation is an innovative method used at Linköping University in order to train student nurses in palliative care. In this project we have carried out ethnographic observations in order to study how students feel about such a simulation scenario and what significance it might have for their learning
Problem-based learning in patient education
My Master's thesis was written as part of "COR-PRIM: this is a randomised study which evaluates long-term effects on self-care after an event of CORONARY disease by providing PBL in PRIMARY care”, and where Anita Kärner was project manager. The essay "The enactment adjunct of problem-based learning in patient education – Different scenes and different roles" used ethnography for research, and I was a participant observer at COR-PRIM's patient training sessions where I identified and described scenarios involving problem-based learning which were raised by supervisors and patients of problem-based learning.