Promotion of Well-being and Health

Promotion of Well-being and Health

We study effectiveness relating to the prevention of welfare inequalities and diseases, and to the promotion of welfare and health.

  • PROMEQ (Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing) Research Project develops and demonstrates novel models of promotion of health and wellbeing that are able to talk to and assimilate vulnerable groups and motivate and empower positive transitions in their health and wellbeing. Four groups are selected for interventions: young people (NEET’s, i.e. not in education, not in employment, not in training), persons receiving basic unemployment benefit, adult refugees, and multi-users of social and health care.
  • StopDia Project develops and tests approaches to empower individuals to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. To achieve this, project combines individual and environment level strategies into a dual-process approach targeting both deliberative and automatic processes of behaviour. In addition, project identifies barriers and facilitators of healthy lifestyle in the society, and creates a model for early prevention by joint actions of health care, third sector and other societal actors, as well as develops methods to monitor cost-effectiveness of these actions.
  • OSTPRE – Kuopio Fall Prevention Study investigates the effect of exercise intervention on falling risk in aging women, using municipal sport and activity services/premises in co-operation with the city of Kuopio. Furthermore, the effect of the exercise intervention on functional capacity, body sway, bone mineral density, cognitive and mental health parameters as well as the use of health services (cost-effectiveness) will be studied.
  • APEX (Awareness, Prevention and Early Intervention) Research Project aims to promote the mental wellbeing of families, regardless of their socioeconomic environment, education, geographical location or ethnic background. Project aims to develop and study services that increase mental health literacy and low-threshold, digitally delivered intervention programs regarding maternal postpartum depression, conduct problems of pre-school children and anxiety problems among school-aged children.

Client and patient safety

We study patient and client safety.

  • RECEPS addresses a topic that hasn’t been systematically researched in Finland before: comparative effectiveness and patient safety. We seek to produce information that enables a more effective and safer implementation of social welfare and health care services.