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Fokus for forskningsgruppen Heifa er helse og livskvalitet hos barn og unge i et familieperspektiv.

Tematisk er våre pågående forskningsprosjekter rettet mot smerte, søvn, astma, psykososial helse og livskvalitet hos barn og ungdom. I flere av prosjektene er bruk av kombinerte metoder og teknologi (E-helse) sentralt.


Grasaas E, Helseth S, Fegran L, Stinson J, Småstuen M, Lalloo,C  Haraldstad  (2020). Health-Related Quality of Life in Adolescents with Persistent Pain and the Mediating Role of Self-Efficacy. Under review i Health and QUALITY of Life Outcomes

Haraldstad K, Wahl, A, Andenæs, R. Andersen JR., Andersen MH., Beisland E., Borge CR., Engebretsen, E., Eisemann M. Halvorsrud, L., Hanssen TA., Haugstvedt A., Haugland,T. Johansen VA. , Larsen, MH.  , Løvereide, L , Løyland, B., Kvarme, L.G, Moons, P., Norekvål, TM. Ribu L., Rohde GE, Urstad, KH., Helseth, S. on behalf of the LIVSFORSK network (2019).    A systematic review of quality of life research in medicine and health sciences-, Qual Life Res. 2019 Oct;28(10):2641-2650. doi: 10.1007/s11136-019-02214-9.

Haraldstad K, Christopherson KA & Helseth S (2019) The association between bullying, self-efficacy and HRQoL in a population of children and adolescents. BMC public Health Jun 14;19(1):757. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7115-4.

Grasaas E, Fegran L, Helseth S, Stinson J, Martinez S, Haraldstad, K (2019). IcanCope with PainTM: Cultural    Adaptation and Usability Testing of a Self-Management App for Adolescents with Persistent Pain in Norway. JMIR Research DOI:  10.2196/

Ludvigsen, Mette Spliid; Hall, Elisabeth; Westergren, Thomas; Aagaard, Hanne; Uhrenfeldt, Lisbeth; Fegran, Liv (2020). Parents' experiences of the transfer from pediatric to adult care of their adolescent or young adult children with chronic conditions: A qualitative research synthesis. International Journal of Nursing Studies. ISSN: 0020-7489.

Westergren, Thomas; Ludvigsen, Mette Spliid; Audulv, Åsa; Aagaard, Hanne; Hall, Elisabeth O.C.; Pedersen, Mona Kyndi; Fegran, Liv (2020). Physical activity experiences of children and adolescents with astma during childhood and adolescence: a systematic review protocol. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. ISSN: 2202-4433.

Johannessen, Berit; Høie, Magnhild; Haraldstad, Kristin; Helseth, Sølvi; Fegran, Liv; Westergren, Thomas; Slettebø, Åshild; Rohde, Gudrun E. (2020). School nurses’ and teachers’ perceptions of pain in young immigrants living in Norway. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. ISSN: 1747-9894. doi:DOI: 10.1108/IJMHSC-01-2019-0005.

Robstad, Anja Nastasja; Westergren, Thomas; Siebler, Frank; Söderhamn, Ulrika; Fegran, Liv (2019). Intensive care nurses' implicit and explicit attitudes and their behavioural intentions toward obese intensive care patients. Journal of Advanced Nursing. ISSN: 0309-2402. 75 (12). s 3631 - 3642. doi:10.1111/jan.14205.

Grasaas, Erik; Fegran, Liv; Helseth, Sølvi; Stinson, Jennifer; Martinez, Santiago; Lalloo, Chitra; Haraldstad, Kristin (2019). iCanCope With Pain: Cultural Adaptation and Usability Testing of a Self-Management App for Adolescents With Persistent Pain in Norway. JMIR Research Protocols. ISSN: 1929-0748. 8 (6). s 1 - 14. doi:10.2196/12940.

Johannessen, Berit; Helland, Sissel Heidi; Øverby, Nina Cecilie; Fegran, Liv; Bere, Elling (2018). "A bumpy road": Kindergarten staff experiences of participation in an intervention to promote healthy diets in toddlers. Appetite. ISSN: 0195-6663. 127s 37 - 43. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2018.04.008.


Starting Right (Godt Begynt- barn og unge i Agder)

The aim of the project is to gain knowledge about quality of life  (QOL) and health in children and adolescents,  and to digitalize and implement evidence-based and structured decision-support concerning all children in child- health  centers from 6 months of age until age 16 concerning mental health, growth, development, and health-related quality of life, using validated instruments. Secondly, provide municipal and county health authorities with an overview about the health and quality of life of their child population to underpin systematic evidence-based service improvement, and to create opportunities for longitudinal research on children´s health. https://www.godtbegynt.no/

New Patterns (Nye mønstre- trygg oppvekst)

An innovation project involving coordination of services across sectors, aiming to improve health, quality of life and socioeconomic circumstances of low-income families. https://www.kristiansand.kommune.no/tryggoppvekst

Young data (Ungdata)

This is a cross-national data collection designed to conduct surveys of adolescents between the ages of 14 and 19 at the municipality level in Norway. The Ungdata material is collected online during school hours. The questionnaire has a fixed part, which is similar in all surveys. In addition, the form contains several elective questions that municipalities can choose based on interest and need. NOVA administers the national database, which contains all conducted surveys.

Community work in Tanzania

This umbrella program with work packages aims to (i) evaluate the HAMA programs experienced by individuals and groups who are involved in the programs; (ii) map community health in Tanga;  (iii) evaluate the impacts of the exchange of nurse students completing their clinical placements in different health services in Tanga.

Start Young- Quality of Life and Pain in generations (Start Ung)

This project addresses an pain and quality of life (QOL) in adolescents and their families,  and aim to enable a better understanding of the links between social contexts, socioeconomic factors, health, pain, and Health -related quality of life (HRQOL) among adolescents and their families over time.


ICanCope with Pain

Cultural translation and feasibility testing of the Norwegian iCanCope with Pain app aimed at reducing pain and improving health-related quality of life in a school-based population of adolescents with persistent pain.

Sleep in parents of healthy, acute or chronic ill children

The aim of the project  is to explore sleep in parents of chronic or acute ill children, to identify factors influencing parents’ sleep, and to develop interventions to promote sleep, health and quality of life in parents in divergent phases of life and different contexts.


Qualified intensive care nurses’ attitudes towards obese intensive care patients

The aim of the project is to explore intensive care nurses’ experiences of caring for obese patients, to develop a web-based   survey to measure their implicit and explicit attitudes towards these patients, and to explore whether their attitudes influence their care of obese patients.

Research partners


Unni Mette Köpp, MD, PhD (Sørlandet hospital)

Eirik Abildsnes, MD, PhD (Kristiansand municipality)

Siv Skarstein, RN, PhD (Oslo and Akershus University College)

Borghild Løyland, RN, PhD (Oslo and Akershus University College)

Sveinung Berntsen Stølevik, Professor (University of Agder)

Ulrika Söderhamn, Professor (University of Agder)


Mette Spliid Ludvigsen, RN, PhD (Randers Regional Hospital, Denmark and Nord University, Norway))

Jennifer Stinson, PhD (Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, Canada)

Professor Inger Hallström (Lund University, Sweden)

Kajsa Landgren, RN, PhD (Lund University, Sweden)

Gudrun Kristjansdottir, Professor (Reykjavik University, Island)

Ruth Nesje (Tanga International Competence Center (TICC), Tanga, Tanzania)

Mercy Chiduo, MC (National Institute for Medical Research, Tanga, Tanzania)