2008-10-06 13:40

Innovative Thinking in Nordic Network

For three intense days participants from all over the Nordic region got to take part of what metasynthesis means to research. The course is a part of a collaborative efforts between the School of Caring Sciences at the University of Borås, and Karlstad University.

The course is organised by BFIN (Childbirth in the Nordic Region) which is a caring scientific, qualitative research network, headed by professor Therese Bondas from the University of Borås. She hopes that the participants will be able to make new contacts and find new networks.



“Within the Nordic region there are different starting points and when it comes to research there are both similarities and differences. That leads to interesting discussions and debates,” she concludes. “On top of that, it will make a nice exchange for the participants of the course. We hope this is a first step towards a PhD programme in Borås.”

Some ten plus students had gathered in Borås to take part of current research in the course Metasynthesis in Caring Science, 7.5 ECTS-credits. Among the lecturers were Ingela Lundgren, Associate Professor from the University of Skövde and Barbara Paterson of Canada, a recognised researcher in the field. Elisabeth Hall, Professor of Clinical Caring Science at the University of Århus, spoke about how qualitative research is carried out.


From left to right: Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt, Siv Overås, Professor Therese Bondas and Live Fegran.

Metasynthesis in Caring Science, 7.5 ECTS-credits kicked off with the gathering at the University of Borås on the 1st to 3rd of October and will continue with a series of seminars at Karlstad University in January.


BFIN (Barnafödande i Norden), Childbirth in the Nordic Region, is a caring scientific qualitative research network that was founded with support from NorFa in the spring of 2002. It was initiated by then Doctor of Health Sciences, lecturer Therese Bondas at the Department of Caring Sciences at Åbo Academy in Vasa, Finland and (Med.) Licentiate Research and Development supervisor Anita Hallgren at the Research and Development Forum in Gävle. In 2006 the network was awarded financial support from NordForsk.

The research network includes senior researchers, PhD students and graduated as well as current Master students at the universities and colleges in Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The idea is to make use of different competences and strengths in the Nordic region, and to, through collaboration, generate ideas in relation to the research area’s development, disciplinary as well as clinically, through innovative evidence-based care, and to perhaps make a difference when it comes to health care policies.

Text och pictures: Jennifer Liljenvald Tydén