The Research Group of User Perspectives focuses on exploring and understanding the users’ experiences with health, illness and healthcare delivery. We regard users as individuals, who experience, interpret, and act in relation to health, illness and healthcare delivery. The definition of users is broad and includes patients, relatives, caregivers, health professionals, alternative practitioners, administrators, decision-makers, and policy makers.
Our aim is to provide research-based knowledge about user perspectives within and outside the healthcare system. We also conduct research on how illness affects a person’s daily life and their family, as well as user involvement in research and the organisation of health care.
We are interested in developing theoretical understandings and definitions of user perspectives, as well as practical and empirical meanings of these.
The main themes of our research are situated where the individual meets healthcare system, and the impact of these encounters on the user.
We are researchers from across disciplines, and rooted in anthropology, psychology, and health sciences. In this cross-disciplinary collaboration, we use a variety of research methods, for example qualitative methods (interviews, focus groups, participant observation and discourse analysis), research on user perspectives in research projects, surveys or questionnaire surveys (patient reported outcomes – PRO).
Our research focuses on the following research programmes:
A research programme can be perceived as a framework of the research within a field. It consists of a set of ideas about the researcher’s perception of relevant research questions. These ideas are often an implicit common denominator of the researcher’s professional attitudes and values. Therefore, they define what they perceive to be valid or satisfying answers to these questions.
The research programmes are intended to promote the cross-disciplinary research collaboration and to optimise the researchers’ collaboration in relation to the research activities.
Each programme can have a wide range of activities, from joint guest lectures and seminars, to activities for part of the group, for example (but not limited to): thematic study groups, work-in-progress, discussions of research projects, workshops about publications, etc.
There might be a conceptual overlap between the different research programmes, as well as shared members of research. Yet, we believe these research programmes to be distinctively different and each to make a unique contribution to their field of knowledge.