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Nyström, M. E., Karltun, J., Keller, C. & Andersson Gäre, B. (2018). Collaborative and partnership research for improvement of health and social services: researcher’s experiences from 20 projects. Health Research Policy and Systems, 16, Article ID 46.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collaborative and partnership research for improvement of health and social services: researcher’s experiences from 20 projects
2018 (English)In: Health Research Policy and Systems, ISSN 1478-4505, E-ISSN 1478-4505, Vol. 16, article id 46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Getting research into policy and practice in healthcare is a recognised, world-wide concern. As an attempt to bridge the gap between research and practice, research funders are requesting more interdisciplinary and collaborative research, while actual experiences of such processes have been less studied. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to gain more knowledge on the interdisciplinary, collaborative and partnership research process by investigating researchers’ experiences of and approaches to the process, based on their participation in an inventive national research programme. The programme aimed to boost collaborative and partnership research and build learning structures, while improving ways to lead, manage and develop practices in Swedish health and social services.

Methods

Interviews conducted with project leaders and/or lead researchers and documentation from 20 projects were analysed using directed and conventional content analysis.

Results

Collaborative approaches were achieved by design, e.g. action research, or by involving practitioners from several levels of the healthcare system in various parts of the research process. The use of dual roles as researcher/clinician or practitioner/PhD student or the use of education designed especially for practitioners or ‘student researchers’ were other approaches. The collaborative process constituted the area for the main lessons learned as well as the main problems. Difficulties concerned handling complexity and conflicts between different expectations and demands in the practitioner’s and researcher’s contexts, and dealing with human resource issues and group interactions when forming collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams. The handling of such challenges required time, resources, knowledge, interactive learning and skilled project management.

Conclusions

Collaborative approaches are important in the study of complex phenomena. Results from this study show that allocated time, arenas for interactions and skills in project management and communication are needed during research collaboration to ensure support and build trust and understanding with involved practitioners at several levels in the healthcare system. For researchers, dealing with this complexity takes time and energy from the scientific process. For practitioners, this puts demands on understanding a research process and how it fits with on-going organisational agendas and activities and allocating time. Some of the identified factors may be overlooked by funders and involved stakeholders when designing, performing and evaluating interdisciplinary, collaborative and partnership research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2018
Keywords
Collaborative research, co-production, integrated knowledge translation, partnership research, quality improvement, healthcare, social services
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39675 (URN)10.1186/s12961-018-0322-0 (DOI)000433968800001 ()29843735 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85047814253 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-06-01 Created: 2018-06-01 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically approved
Manzoor, M., Jansson, O., Vimarlund, V., Keller, C. & Wass, S. (2018). From prototype to societal inclusion: Identified challenges for sustainable implementation of e-services for individuals with disabilities. Technology and Disability, 30(3), 97-103
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2018 (English)In: Technology and Disability, ISSN 1055-4181, E-ISSN 1878-643X, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 97-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: In recent years, the interest of performing research about and providing e-services for individuals with disabilities has grown significantly. However, there is a knowledge gap in the existing literature on how to stimulate the pre-requisites needed for a sustainable implementation of e-services.

AIM AND METHOD: The study aims to contribute to this knowledge gap by performing semi-structured email interviews with twelve project coordinators from the EU programmes of FP6-IST and FP7-ICT.

RESULTS: The findings showed that knowledge-based and financially based resources, the complexity of the project context, ethical issues and the structural responsibility of the implementation process were key issues in creating a sustainable implementation. Furthermore, users often were not able to perceive added value from the e-services as they seldom were developed beyond prototypes within the research project.

CONCLUSION: The implementation of e-services and/or ICT based applications for individuals with disabilities face similar challenges to the challenges that have been identified when implementing IT-based innovations. Further studies should focus on how users can be involved in the choice and development of e-services they understand as effective, and how to ensure that the implementation strategy will contribute to long-term social inclusion, that is, sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press, 2018
Keywords
E-services, Individuals with disabilities, Prototype, Social inclusion, Sustainability
National Category
Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42335 (URN)10.3233/TAD-180198 (DOI)2-s2.0-85057957396 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-18 Created: 2018-12-18 Last updated: 2018-12-18Bibliographically approved
Guo, C., Tomson, G., Keller, C. & Söderqvist, F. (2018). Prevalence and correlates of positive mental health in Chinese adolescents. BMC Public Health, 18(1), Article ID 263.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prevalence and correlates of positive mental health in Chinese adolescents
2018 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 18, no 1, article id 263Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Studies investigating the prevalence of positive mental health and its correlates are still scarce compared to the studies on mental disorders, although there is growing interest of assessing positive mental health in adolescents. So far, no other study examining the prevalence and determinants of positive mental health in Chinese adolescents has been found. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and correlates of positive mental health in Chinese adolescents.

METHODS: This cross-sectional study used a questionnaire including Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF) and items regarding multiple aspects of adolescent life. The sample involved a total of 5399 students from grade 8 and 10 in Weifang, China. Multivariate Logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate the associations between potential indicators regarding socio-economic situations, life style, social support and school life and positive mental health and calculate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals.

RESULTS: More than half (57.4%) of the participants were diagnosed as flourishing. The correlated factors of positive mental health in regression models included gender, perceived family economy, the occurrence of sibling(s), satisfaction of self-appearance, physical activity, sleep quality, stress, social trust, desire to learn, support from teachers and parents as well as whether being bullied at school (OR ranging from 1.23 to 2.75). The Hosmer-Lemeshow p-value for the final regression model (0.45) indicated adequate model fit.

CONCLUSION: This study gives the first overview on prevalence and correlates of positive mental health in Chinese adolescents. The prevalence of positive mental health in Chinese adolescents is higher than reported in most of the previous studies also using MHC-SF. Our findings suggest that adolescents with advantageous socio-economic situations, life style, social support and school life are experiencing better positive mental health than others.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2018
Keywords
Chinese adolescents, Correlates, Mental Health Continuum-Short Form (MHC-SF), Positive mental health, Prevalence
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39004 (URN)10.1186/s12889-018-5133-2 (DOI)000425470300003 ()29454315 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85042144992 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-03-16 Created: 2018-03-16 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically approved
Santhanam, A. (2018). The role of data centers in advancing green IT: A literature review. Journal of Soft Computing and Decision Support Systems, 5(1), 9-26
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of data centers in advancing green IT: A literature review
2018 (English)In: Journal of Soft Computing and Decision Support Systems, E-ISSN 2289-8603, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 9-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The explosion in data consumption and data generation has led to expansion of data centers, which are significant stakeholders in obtaining sustainability. This paper investigates what role data centers can play in advancing sustainability and green IT by performing a literature review. The purpose of the review was to provide a holistic framework that can help to position current and new research on the factors influencing the implementation of green IT in the data center. The review was limited to peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. The reviewed papers were analyzed by inductive content analysis, which created the five categories of 1) power savings, 2) cost savings, 3) sustainability and green energy, 4) information technology for greening data centers, and 5) aligning business requirements with resource utilization. Based on these categories, a framework describing how data center can contribute to green IT was created. Power savings and cost savings were found to influence as well as contribute to choices and development of information technology for greening data centers. Also, the categories of sustainability and green energy and alignment of business requirements of business utilization have a bi-directional relationship with information technology used in data centers. The findings further indicate that there is a need to study the alignment of business requirements with resource utilization due to a lack of publications in this area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Penerbit UTM Press, 2018
Keywords
Data center, Green IT, Green IS, Sustainability, Literature review
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39332 (URN)
Available from: 2018-05-01 Created: 2018-05-01 Last updated: 2019-01-29Bibliographically approved
Keller, C. (2017). A third person in the room: A case study of the Swedish Rheumatoid Register. In: Proceedings of European Conference on Information Systems 2017: Information systems for a smart, sustainable and inclusive world. Paper presented at 25th European Conference on Information Systems – ECIS 2017, Guimarães, 5-10 June, 2017. (pp. 787-800). Association for Information Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A third person in the room: A case study of the Swedish Rheumatoid Register
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of European Conference on Information Systems 2017: Information systems for a smart, sustainable and inclusive world, Association for Information Systems, 2017, p. 787-800Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to examine how a quality register in rheumatoid arthritis care was adopted in the Swedish medical community of rheumatologists and what helped and hindered this.

A mixed methods case study was carried out to collect data covering the development and adoption of the quality register. By performing 17 key informant interviews and document analysis, significant themes focusing on the context, content, process and outcomes of the innovation was sought for. The innovation process proceeded from idea generation, development phase, and consolidation phase to a phase of shared decision-making. Resistance from physicians, perceived threats to the medical consultation, organisational change climate and lack of integration with other health care IT-systems were perceived as barriers to the adoption of the quality register. Access to longitudinal patient and treatment data, change champions, transformational leadership, changes in the physician-patient dialogue and increased control of treatment quality and costs were identified as drivers of innovation spread. These factors can be categorised as belonging to the construct of perceived usefulness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Information Systems, 2017
Keywords
Information systems in Healthcare, Innovation, Adoption, Strategic Change, Sweden
National Category
Human Aspects of ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-36263 (URN)2-s2.0-85058009219 (Scopus ID)9780991556700 (ISBN)
Conference
25th European Conference on Information Systems – ECIS 2017, Guimarães, 5-10 June, 2017.
Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2019-01-02Bibliographically approved
Guo, C., Tomson, G., Söderqvist, F. & Keller, C. (2017). Adolescent mental health policies in Sweden and China: a comparative study. In: European Journal of Public Health, 27, issue supplement 3, 1: . Paper presented at 10th European Public Health Conference Sustaining resilient and healthy communities Stockholm, Sweden 1–4 November 2017. Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adolescent mental health policies in Sweden and China: a comparative study
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, 27, issue supplement 3, 1, Oxford University Press, 2017Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background

Both Sweden and China face challenges of decreasing mental health among adolescents, although the two countries are very different in political system, income level, number of population and national culture traits. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first comparative study of implementation of adolescent mental health policies in Sweden and China.

Aim

To describe and compare how adolescent mental health policies in Sweden and China are implemented. Our more specific research question was to find out how Sweden and China differ from each other regarding context, policy implementation process, content and actors in adolescent mental health.

Methods

Qualitative semi-structured interviews on policy actors from Västerås, Sweden and Weifang, China and policy document analysis were conducted.

Results

In both countries, the national level coordinates strategies and interventions on the regional and local levels. In Sweden, this is done by means of funding for intersectoral work and by establishing cooperation between several policy-actors on different levels. The Swedish policymakers on the national level gives the regional and local level actors a certain amount of freedom to organise their activities provided that actors cooperate. In China, the national coordination aims for interventions for improvement of adolescent mental health in one sector, the educational organisation, and the actions of policy actors are guided in detail to a higher degree. The content of the Swedish adolescent mental health policy documents focus on counselling adolescents, while the Chinese documents focus on knowledge dissemination.

Conclusions

The policy implementation of the two countries differs in number of actors involved, and the freedom given to regional and policy actors to perform interventions. In both countries, schools play a crucial part in policy implementation.

Key messages:

  • The adolescent mental health policies in Sweden and China are compared in policy context, implementation process, content and actors based on the policy triangle framework.

  • The policy systems in these two countries share similarities in several aspects and also show differences in other parts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
Keywords
adolescent, China, mental health
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38099 (URN)10.1093/eurpub/ckx186.235 (DOI)000414389805139 ()
Conference
10th European Public Health Conference Sustaining resilient and healthy communities Stockholm, Sweden 1–4 November 2017
Available from: 2017-12-06 Created: 2017-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-28Bibliographically approved
Keller, C., Haftor, D., Rapp, B. & Sundberg, K. (2017). Agil projektledning: Något för alla eller bara för några?. Management of Innovation and Technology (4), 5-6
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Agil projektledning: Något för alla eller bara för några?
2017 (Swedish)In: Management of Innovation and Technology, no 4, p. 2p. 5-6Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stiftelsen IMIT, 2017. p. 2
National Category
Business Administration Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38183 (URN)
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-30Bibliographically approved
Hvitfeldt-Forsberg, H., Mazzocato, P., Glaser, D., Keller, C. & Unbeck, M. (2017). Staffs' and managers' perceptions of how and when discrete event simulation modelling can be used as a decision support in quality improvement: A focus group discussion study at two hospital settings in Sweden. BMJ Open, 7(5), Article ID e013869.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Staffs' and managers' perceptions of how and when discrete event simulation modelling can be used as a decision support in quality improvement: A focus group discussion study at two hospital settings in Sweden
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2017 (English)In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 7, no 5, article id e013869Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To explore healthcare staffs' and managers' perceptions of how and when discrete event simulation modelling can be used as a decision support in improvement efforts.

Design: Two focus group discussions were performed.

Settings: Two settings were included: a rheumatology department and an orthopaedic section both situated in Sweden.

Participants: Healthcare staff and managers (n=13) from the two settings.

Interventions: Two workshops were performed, one at each setting. Workshops were initiated by a short introduction to simulation modelling. Results from the respective simulation model were then presented and discussed in the following focus group discussion.

Results: Categories from the content analysis are presented according to the following research questions: how and when simulation modelling can assist healthcare improvement? Regarding how, the participants mentioned that simulation modelling could act as a tool for support and a way to visualise problems, potential solutions and their effects. Regarding when, simulation modelling could be used both locally and by management, as well as a pedagogical tool to develop and test innovative ideas and to involve everyone in improvement work.

Conclusions: Its potential as an information and communication tool and as an instrument for pedagogic work with healthcare improvement render a broader application and value of simulation modelling than previously reported.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2017
Keywords
Healthcare, simulation modelling, decision support, focus group
National Category
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-36259 (URN)10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013869 (DOI)28588107 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85020429462 (Scopus ID)GOA JIBS 2017 (Local ID)GOA JIBS 2017 (Archive number)GOA JIBS 2017 (OAI)
Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-07Bibliographically approved
Keller, C., Wass, S., Zetterlind, M., Ghassemali, E. & Seifeddine, S. (2017). Teacher roles in a blended learning materials engineering master program: "It's not a new role, it's a new way!". In: : . Paper presented at 26th EDEN Annual Conference 2017: Diversity matters, Jönköping, 13-16 June, 2017.. European Distance and E-Learning Network (Eden)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teacher roles in a blended learning materials engineering master program: "It's not a new role, it's a new way!"
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Engineering education are characterized by laboratories, mathematical foundations and design tools. These pillars of engineering education do not seem to be ideal for online education as the field lags behind other fields in adopting online education. Laboratories are for instance hard to implement online due to the need of direct operation of instruments. Likewise, course materials requiring use of mathematics have traditionally not been as easy to implement as topics that require only text-based instructions (Bourne et al., 2005). Real laboratory sessions have also shown to be more motivated for engineering students than virtual simulations (Stefanovic, 2013). In spite of this, there are increasing evidence of use of blended and online learning in engineering education. For example, online self-study environment to supplement the classroom instruction in engineering courses in graphical communication (Sun et al., 2014), virtual laboratories and simulation environments (Balamuraithara & Woods, 2007; Bourne et al., 2005) and online platforms for developing learning networks for global engineering (Meikleham et al. 2015). The School of Engineering at Jönköping University, the Swedish foundry association, the research institute Swerea/SWECAST and twelve foundry industries cooperate to develop a blended learning one-year master program in product development in materials and manufacturing. As previously performed courses have been given on campus, teachers needed to take on new roles as blended learning teachers. In this paper, we present the initial results from a study that aims to investigate the perceived roles of university teachers in a blended learning materials engineering master program.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Distance and E-Learning Network (Eden), 2017
Keywords
Blended learning, engineering education, teacher roles, teacher competences, content analysis
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-36264 (URN)
Conference
26th EDEN Annual Conference 2017: Diversity matters, Jönköping, 13-16 June, 2017.
Projects
Gjutmagistern 3.0
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2017-06-19 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2018-09-19Bibliographically approved
Aghaee, N. & Keller, C. (2016). ICT-supported peer interaction among learners in bachelor’s and master’s thesis courses. Computers and education, 94, 276-297
Open this publication in new window or tab >>ICT-supported peer interaction among learners in bachelor’s and master’s thesis courses
2016 (English)In: Computers and education, ISSN 0360-1315, E-ISSN 1873-782X, Vol. 94, p. 276-297Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Peer interaction and collaborative learning through the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is used to an increasing extent in higher education. Universities attempt to motivate learners (students) to support their peers to enhance the quality of learning outcomes. This study monitors how an ICTSS (ICT-based Support System) facilitates peer interaction in the Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis process. The aim of the study was to investigate learners’ perception of usefulness of an ICTSS for peer interaction and the influencing factors on the quality of the peer interaction. The ICTSS was developed at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV), at Stockholm University. The system facilitates peer interaction in three ways: peer reviews, active participation, and final opposition. The study employed a mixed-method approach, which included an online survey followed by in-depth interviews. The target groups were learners at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level in computer science and information systems. The findings showed that learners perceived the peer interaction useful to enhance the quality of the thesis outcomes. However, there are influencing factors affecting the quality of peer interaction, in different phases of the thesis process. Examples of these factors are the quality of thesis manuscripts, supervisors’ control and grading of the process, clear instructions and guidelines, learners’ understanding of the peer interaction and why it takes place, previous training and learners’ motivation to perform peer reviews. Following these factors, the study developed a set of strategic suggestions from both pedagogical and technical aspects to enhance the peer interaction in the thesis process. Considering these suggestions makes the use of the ICTSS more effective to enhance the quality of thesis learning outcomes.

Keywords
Collaborative learning, thesis process, higher education, peer-review, peer interaction
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28671 (URN)10.1016/j.compedu.2015.11.006 (DOI)000370303500020 ()2-s2.0-84952360509 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
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