Forte has given 28 million SEK to two different research projects at the School of Health and Welfare. 1.6 million SEK to Ida Karlsson, PhD at the Institute of Gerontology, and over 26 million SEK to Professor Sofia Kjellström's project at Jönköping Academy to develop co-production in health and social care.
One of the projects that has received funding from Forte is "Combining health and social care: exploring, measuring and improving co-production at national, regional and local levels". This project is run by Jönköping Academy at the School of Health and Welfare and is about co-production.
Co-production is a way of involving citizens in matters of health and well-being – to allow citizens to participate in the design, execution and evaluation of health and social care services. Jönköping Academy's project is one of seven, that were chosen from 117 applications, to have been granted funds from Forte and it was the only project that was considered to combine health and medical care with social services.
This six-year project is a collaboration between Jönköping Academy’s Sofia Kjellström, who is Professor of Quality Enhancement and Leadership and the project manager, and Glenn Robert, Guest Professor at Jönköping Academy from King's College London.
"Although there are many studies that describe co-production, there are major knowledge gaps," says Sofia Kjellström. “Based on our results, we will develop models and support tools that promote future initiatives for increased co-production.”
"What is especially great about this project is that Region Jönköpings Län and Jönköping University have invested a large amount of money to create our Center for Co-Production. The research funds we have now received will reinforce our initial e and efforts and help the Center for Co-Production progress,” concludes Sofia Kjellström.
The 1.6 million SEK that Forte has awarded to Ida Karlsson, PhD at the Institute of Gerontology, at the School of Health and Welfare, is for her project "Increased understanding of the etiology between Body Mass Index and the risk of dementia and cognitive failure through longitudinal and genetic methods."
The project builds upon research into how Body Mass Index, which is known as BMI, is related to several age-related diseases, such as dementia and cognitive failure. The project aims to combine different methods and studies to study how and in what cases BMI is linked to dementia and cognitive failure.
Ida will study whether it is the actual level of BMI that affects the risk, or if this relationship is also influenced by other risk factors, such as lipids (fat and fat-like substances), cardiovascular disease and diabetes.