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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, helsekompetanse, barnefattigdom og livskvalitet hos barn og ungdom. I flere av prosjektene er bruk av kombinerte metoder og teknologi (E-helse) sentralt.


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 primary child- and school health services from 6 months of age until age 16 concerning mental health, growth, development, and health-related quality of life, using validated self- and proxy reported instruments. Secondly, the aim is to 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. www.godtbegynt.no

Thomas Westergren, Kristin Haraldstad, Liv Fegran, Unni Mette Köpp, Eirik Abildsnes, Eirin Mølland, Åshild Tellefsen Håland and Nastasja Robstad.

Quality of Life and mental health in children in Agder

The aim of the PhD project is to explore health related quality of life (HRQOL) and mental health in children and adolescents in Agder, as well as expand the knowledge about QOL measurements, use of questionnaires and interpretation of QOL data in the child and adolescent general population.

Kristin Haraldstad, Sølvi Helseth, Eirin Mølland and research fellow Eva-Grethe Befus

Integration of ePROMs in child health centers

The aim of the PhD project is to examine how working processes, clinical reasoning, parental experiences, and decision making in child health care are influenced by integration of electronic patient reported outcome measures (ePROM) in clinical practice.

Thomas Westergren, Elin Thygesen, Geir Inge Hausvik and research fellow Trine Holm

Start Young - Quality of Life and Pain in generations

The aim of the PhD project is to address pain and quality of life (QOL) in adolescents and their families 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. https://startung.uia.no/

Gudrun Rohde, Kristin Haraldstad, Sølvi Helseth and research fellow Hilde Timenes Mikkelsen.

Sleep in parents of premature children

The aim of this the PhD project is to explore sleep in parents of preterm infants and study the associations with psychosocial factors and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). https://foreldresovn.uia.no/om/

Liv Fegran, Sølvi Helseth and research fellow Gunhild Nordbø Marthinsen.

OrChid: Oral health care services for Children victims of violence and sexual abuse

The aim of the project is to investigate the clinical forensic dental examinations of children at Children’s House in Norway. Two public sector funded PhD projects are related to the main project. 

The impact of child maltreatment on oral health status in a Norwegian children cohort

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the impact of child maltreatment on oral health in a Norwegian children cohort.

Unni Mette Köpp, Ewa Szyszko Hovden, Liv Fegran and research fellow Katrine Håkstad.

Dental health care services for children and adolescents exposed to maltreatment - a project from the Norwegian Children`s House in Kristiansand

The overall aim of this the PhD project is to investigate the association between child maltreatment and oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL). Moreover, to explore the dental treatment needs and dental follow-up of children and adolescents investigated at the Norwegian Children`s House in Kristiansand.

Unni Mette Köpp, Ewa Szyszko Hovden, Liv Fegran and research fellow Lars Erik Robstad.

Fathers’ role in pediatric palliative care

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate fathers' experiences of pediatric palliative care when they have a child with a progressive condition without curative treatment options.

Liv Fegran, Mette Spliid Ludvigsen, Nastasja Robstad and research fellow Marianne Sjuls. 

Learning activity for nursing students who are learning pre- and postoperative nursing

The PhD project aims to test a learning activity for undergraduate nursing students who are learning pre- and postoperative nursing. Preoperative ISBAR Web Application may provide nursing students the opportunity to practice handover in a safe environment. In this project, we will test the perceived usability of the web application and whether practicing preoperative ISBAR in a web application provide a learning outcome compared to a traditional group practicing.
Kristin Haraldstad, Rune Høigaard and research fellow Eva Mari Andreasen.

LetsGo (Lifestyle and Empowerment Techniques in Survivorship of Gynecologic Oncology)

The aim of the PhD project is to explore nurses’ and patients’ experience with information and counselling on sexual health issues (study I and II) and to compare how gynecological cancer survivors report sexual health one year after end of treatment in two different groups (study III). The project is multimethod and part of the LETSGO (Lifestyle and Empowerment Techniques in Survivorship of Gynecologic Oncology) study.

Liv Fegran, Ingvild Vistad and research fellow Anita Paulsen.

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.

Johannes Hovland and Berit Johannessen.

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.

Tonje Holthe Stea og Kristin Haraldstad.

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. The research project is a collaboration between the partner municipalities and the NORCE, UiB, the University College of Western Norway, UiA and the University of Aberdeen. https://www.kristiansand.kommune.no/tryggoppvekst

Eirin Mølland, Eirik Abildsnes og Kristin Haraldstad.

Utvalgte publikasjoner

Westergren, T., L. Fegran, A. Jørstad Antonsen, H. Timenes Mikkelsen, C. B. Hennig and U. M. Stamnes Köpp (2021). "Prevention of overweight and obesity in a Norwegian public health care context: a mixed-methods study." BMC Public Health 21(1).

Westergren T, Mølland E, Haraldstad K, Tellefsen Håland Å, Stamnes Köpp UM, Fegran L, Abildsnes E. (2021) Implementation of the Norwegian 'Starting right' child health service innovation: implementation adjustments, adoption, and acceptability. BMC Health Serv Res. 23;21(1):86. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06096-x.

Fegran L, Johannessen B, Ludvigsen MS, Westergren T, Høie M, Slettebø Å, Rohde G, Helseth S, Haraldstad K.  (2021). Experiences of a non-clinical set of adolescents and young adults living with persistent pain: a qualitative metasynthesis. BMJ Open. 2021 Apr 19;11(4): e043776. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043776.

Rasalingam, A., L. Fegran, I. Brekke and S. Helseth (2021). "Young people with long‐term health challenges experiences in transition to adulthood: A qualitative metasynthesis." J Adv Nurs 77: 595–607.

Ludvigsen, M. and L. Fegran (2021). Med Meleis på ungeklinik. Sygeplejens superhelte. B. Martinsen, P. Dreyer and A. L. Norlyk, Munksgaard: 216.

Ludvigsen, M. S., E. O. C. Hall, T. Westergren, H. Aagaard, L. Uhrenfeldt and L. Fegran (2021). "Being cross pressured-parents’ experiences of the transfer from paediatric to adult care services for their young people with long term conditions: A systematic review and qualitative research synthesis." International Journal of Nursing Studies 115: 103851. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103851

Mølland E, Vigsnes KL, Bøe T, Danielsen H, Lundberg KG, Haraldstad K, Ask TA, Wilson P, Abildsnes E. (2020). The New Patterns study: coordinated measures to combat child poverty. Scand J Public Health. doi: 10.1177/1403494820956452

Andresen EM, Høigaard R & Haraldstad K (2020). Sykepleiestudentenes kliniske praksis – om klinisk læringsmiljø og studenttilfredshet. Nordisk Tidsskrift for Helseforskning 2(16) FDOI: 10.7557/14.5414

Riiser K, Helseth S, Christophersen KA, Haraldstad K. (2020). Confirmatory factor analysis of the proxy version of Kidscreen-27 and relationships between health-related quality of life dimensions and body mass index and physical activity in young school children. Prev Med Rep. 16;20:101210. doi: 10.1016

Riiser K, Helseth S, Haraldstad K, Torbjørnsen A, Richardsen (2020) Adolescents' health literacy, health protective measures, and health-related quality of life during the Covid-19 pandemic. PLoS One. 2020, 28;15(8):e0238161. doi: 10.1371/

Mikkelsen HT, Haraldstad K, Helseth S, Skarstein S, Småstuen MC, Rohde G (2020). Health-related quality of life is strongly associated with self-efficacy, self-esteem, loneliness, and stress in 14-15-year-old adolescents: a cross-sectional study. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2;18(1):352.

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. 14;19(1):757.

Marthinsen, G. N., S. Helseth and L. Fegran (2018). "Sleep and its relationship to health in parents of preterm infants: a scoping review." BMC Pediatrics 18(1)

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.

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

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 synthesisInternational 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

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.

Robstad, Anja Nastasja; Westergren, Thomas; Siebler, Frank; Söderhamn, Ulrika; Fegran, Liv (2019). Intensive care nurses' implicit and explicit attitudes and their behavioral intentions toward obese intensive care patients. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

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 toddlersAppetite. ISSN: 0195-6663. 127s 37 - 43

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.

Fegran, Liv (2018). At blive og være forældre til et sygt nyfødt barn. Et omsorgsvidenskabeligt perspektiv som ramme for forskning: professor Emeritus Elisabeth O.C. Halls 80 år dag. ISBN: 978-87-93117-63-1. University of Aarhus. Kapittel. s 57 - 66.

Mikkelsen, Hilde Elisabeth Timenes; Vassbakk Brovold, Karianne; Antonsen, Anne Jørstad; Berntsen, Sveinung; Kersten, Christian; Fegran, Liv (2018). Cancer Patients' Long-term Experiences of Participating in a Comprehensive Lifestyle Intervention Study While Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nursing. ISSN: 0162-220X. doi:10.109

Haraldstad K, Christopherson KA & Helseth S (2017). Health-related quality of life and pain in children and adolescents- a school survey. BMC Pediatrics 24;17(1):174.

Høie M, Haraldstad K, Rohde G, Fegran L, Westergren T, Helseth S, Slettebø Å, & Johannessen B (2017). How school nurses experience and understand everyday pain among adolescents BMC Nursing 16(1):5

Pettersen S, Bøe M & Haraldstad K (2017) Healthy, but not as I used to be. Nordisk sygeplejeforskning 2017; Volum 7.(2) s. 90-103  

Helseth S, Haraldstad K & Riiser K (2016). Helserelatert livskvalitet hos barn og unge med overvekt og fedme. BestPractice 19,2016  

Rohde, Gudrun-Elin; Westergren, Thomas; Haraldstad, Kristin; Johannessen, Berit A. T.; Høie, Magnhild; Helseth, Sølvi; Fegran, Liv; Slettebø, Åshild (2015). Teachers’ experiences of adolescents’ pain in everyday life: a qualitative study. BMJ Open. ISSN: 2044-6055. 5 (9). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007989.



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)

Medlemmer i gruppen

Assosierte medlemmer

Unni Mette Köpp, barnelege (ph.D.), BUA, SSHF

Åshild Tellefsen Haaland, professor SSHF, UiA

Sandra Nolte, University of Melbourne, Australia

Jennifer Stinson, SickKids Hospital and University of Toronto, Canada

Philip Wilson, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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