Ewa-Lena Bratt

Senior Lecturer/ Nurse

Care in Long-term
Visiting address
Arvid wallgrens backe 20 biotech v 7
41346 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 457
40530 Göteborg

About Ewa-Lena Bratt

Research presentation Ewa-Lena Bratt is a researcher with focus on transitions in health care. She is an associate professor and a nurse specialized in health care for children and adolescents. Ewa-Lena has more than 30 years of experience in pediatric care, especially with children and young people with congenital heart disease.

Research Ewa-Lena is one of the researchers in the research group "Health care transitions " She is the project leader for the national research projects Stepstones- congenital heart disease and Stepstones-implement. A personcentered transition program for young people with longterm conditions was developed and is now evaluated in a randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of such a program on the individual’s empowerment, participation and involvement in care. In parallel with the randomized study, a process evaluation and a health economic evaluation take place. The Stepstones program will now be implemented at various hospitals in Sweden.

She is also the national project-coordinator for the Adole7C-project (AdolesCents reCeiving Continuous Care for Childhood-onset Chronic Conditions). This is a international collaboration project with Capetown, South-Africa.The Adole7C-project will on the basis of hospital-related factors in Sweden study: (i) proportion of patients with congenital heart disease who continued or discontinued their medical follow-up after transfer to adult healthcare, and at what care level any follow-up occurs; (ii) patient-proximal and hospital-related factors that predict patients will not be followed-up; (iii) consequences for sickness, mortality and healthcare consumption; (iv) barriers and facilitators to continued medical follow-up on the basis of the patients’ perspective.

Research Group Healthcare transitions

Teaching Ewa-Lena is the course leader for the course congenital hear disease in children and young people 7.5 credits and the course advanced care of children and young people with heart disease 7.5 credits. Furthermore, she is the examiner for the course complex care situations 7.5 credits in the nursing program and in qualitative methods II (third cycle). She teaches mainly within in pediatric nursing care, adolescent health and qualitative methods. Ewa-Lena involved in developing forms for integrating incoming international nursing students in the course complex care situations.

Clinical activity Ewa-Lena has worked since 1998 with children and adolescents with congenital heart disease. In her position as a university lecturer, she is working 20% at the department for pediatric cardiology at the Queen Silvia Children's Hospital, Sahlgrenska university hospital, Gothenburg. In December 2021 she was appointed as university consultant nurse at the Sahlgrenska university hospital.

Since the spring of 2022, Ewa-Lena is the Deputy Head of the Section for Långvariga tillstånd at the institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg.

Keywords Adolescents, children, complex interventions, congenital heart disease, health status, long-term illness, parenting, prenatal diagnosis, process evaluation, quality of life, screening, transition, young people, youth