Health and Society

What is the impact of environmental and social changes when it comes to health development at individual, group or community level? How can we promote health? These are examples of questions that researchers in Health and society seeks to answer.

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This field of research is interdisciplinary and involves knowledge, methods, and researchers from various disciplines. The research involves how environmental and social changes affect the development of health at the level of the individual, the group, and society, as well as strategies that are applied by the various actors in a welfare society to promote health and/or help people to experience a sense of physical, mental, and social well-being.

This includes the significance of movement for health and how people with illnesses, injuries, or handicaps can manage their daily lives, their jobs, and their leisure time. Also in focus are nursing and rehabilitation measures as well as the interaction between care providers and care recipients, and the people close to them, throughout the whole chain of care.

Examples of research objectives:

  • How social changes affect the development of health
  • The level and distribution of health in today’s society
  • Factors that can influence health such as stress, strain, social support, job situation and knowledge
  • Strategies applied by the various actors in a welfare society to promote health
  • The individual’s health conditions, reactions to sickness and ill health, as well as the effects of care and treatment
  • Measures that help people experience a sense of hope and safety, as well as physical, mental, and social well-being
  • The interaction between care provider and care recipient, and the people close to them
  • Changes within health care, medical treatments, and welfare, both within and outside of society’s commitments, with a focus on decision-making processes
  • Preventative work against injuries, alcohol, and smoking
  • The spread and evaluation of new techniques.
Man in refugee camp behind the Belgrade Central Station

Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society - REMESO

The institute conducts research with a multilevel approach to the understanding of migration, ethnicity and society.


REAGERA – Responding to Elder Abuse in Geriatric Care

In Swedish studies about 15% of older women and men report that they have been subjected to emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse or neglect.

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General Practice

Broad research with a patient-centred perspective. Research and teaching in general medicine affects many large patient groups and disease panoramas in primary care.

Research centers

Large Swedish study seeks the answer to heart, vascular and lung disease


Patient being transported in hospital.

Higher mortality rates linked to hospital bed shortages

The number of hospital beds is linked to mortality rates, according to a Linköping University study. Researchers estimate that reducing the number of hospital beds by three corresponds to approximately one more death per year.

Marcus Bendtsen pointing at app in smartphone

Digital support for reduced alcohol consumption

A digital support tool on your phone can help if you want to reduce your alcohol consumption. This has been shown in a study by researchers at LiU. They have developed a digital tool which helps individuals reduce their alcohol intake on their own.

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New method for consultations with young people on sexual ill-health

A procedure that uses written questions to identify visitors to youth clinics who have experienced or risk experiencing sexual ill-health is receiving high praise from personnel and visitors. This is the conclusion of a doctoral thesis from LiU.