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Health care transition research group

Research group
Active research
Project size
35 000 000 SEK (32 181 54 USD, 30 158 93 Euro)
Project period
2015 - ongoing
Project owner
Institute of Health and Care Sciences

Short description

A person's life course is characterized by several transitions that involve life changes. Examples of transitions in life are parenthood, adolescence, getting an illnes, recovery from illness, and aging as well as transfer of care between different care providers. Transfer of care - like transitions in life - is characterized by challenges and vulnerability with increased risk of ill health. When a patient has several care providers, there is a risk that gaps arise in the care chain and that the patient and the health care personnel involved do not have the same picture of the patient's needs, resources and situation, which can lead to deficiencies in care. Smooth transfers in healthcare are associated with a functioning care chain and are a crucial factor in providing good and safe care.

Deficiencies in healthcare during transfers have been expressed both by patients and their relatives and it is an issue that is also being pursued by various patient organisations. In addition, healthcare professionals are calling for improved practices to promote the well-being and medical outcomes of people with long-term conditions during vulnerable periods of life.


The goal is to generate new knowledge about aspects of care during transitions within health care. This is carried out by studying, developing and evaluating the effects of both new and existing care models in order to be able to improve care during transitions between different care providers.

Furthermore, the aim is to map out the consequences for the patients in terms of e.g. medical outcomes and psychosocial aspects of deficiencies in the transition from pediatric to adult healthcare. Initially, the research group's starting point is the target group of young people with long-term conditions.


The research is conducted within the following themes:

  • Care for various changes in life phases, health conditions or social roles
  • Care during transfer between different care providers
  • The impact of healthcare models on transitions in care
  • Consequences and reasons for interruptions in the follow-up

The research team's expertise 


  • qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
  • randomized controlled trials
  • development and evaluation of complex interventions
  • cross-sectional studies and longitudinal studies
  • process evaluation
  • health economic studies
  • implementation research
  • epidemiological registry studies

The group collaborates with several research groups and hospitals in Sweden, Belgium and South Africa within the framework of the ongoing research projects.