Research areas and keywords
UKÄ subject classification
- Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
- Health Sciences
- Nursing, Person-centred care, Palliative care
Gerd Ahlström, is a clinical specialist of neurological nursing and comprehensive experiences of working with organizations for patients with long-term diseases. Over the years she have been doing comprehensive research with an interdisciplinary multi-method design (involving both quantitative and qualitative data collection). The research concerning mainly chronic diseases such as progressive muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, post-polio syndrome, malignant brain tumour (high-grade and low-grade glioma), multiple sclerosis, stroke, Guillain-Barré, traumatic brain damage, diabetes, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and chronic kidney diseases. The research has had a strong focus on the patient’s perspective but has expanded in the last fifteen years to cover the next of kin’s and the staff’s perspectives as well. She has been PI for a unique research programme about personal assistants from different perspectives and a programme about quality improvements, both highly relevant for the current programme. Ahlström has been participating in the European project “WeDO — For the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older People” and has a long-lasting collaboration with Nursing School at Kunming Medical University in China. Professor Ahlström is a fellow of EANS (the European Academy of Nursing Science) and engaged in the EANS ongoing projects “A review of European Nursing Research”. She has also been involved in the EC funded Leonardo da Vinci programme regarding specialist training in neuroscience. Twenty research projects have been completed where she was the Principal Investigator (PI). Furthermore, she has been building up several research groups in nursing and interdisciplinary research environments. The research environments (involving more than ten researchers), she initiated and led was the construction of the Centre for Rehabilitation Research (1998–2003); the Research School Health, Care and Value; the School of Health Sciences (2006-2010); and the Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare (2008-2010). She is currently the deputy head of the department of Health Sciences and the co-cordinator for the National Graduate School on Ageing and Health.