Here you find information about the research conducted by the university’s 65 professors, 173 senior lecturers, 170 lecturers, and 88 doctoral students (Mars 2019).

Laura Darcy

Laura Darcy

Senior Lecturer

Department of Caring Science

Phone: 033-4354717

E-mail: laura.darcy@hb.se

Room number: D705

Signature: LDY

I defended my Phd disseration in June 2015. As more children survive their cancer, knowledge of their experiences of living an everyday life with cancer, becomes an important aspect in providing qualified care.

For my doctoral thesis, thirteen young children with cancer have been followed for a three year period and have provided information on their everyday lives, at six different time-points. Semi-structured interviews based on the ICF-CY structure and health related questionnaires have yielded a wealth of information previously unidentified in the literature. The young child’s needs change over time, from the initial trauma of start of treatment to an active striving to on the part of the child to regain control. However feelings of loneliness and isolation prevail. The nurses roll in assisting the child live an everyday life, through the cancer trajectory, is central. Unique to this study are the facts that the young child’s perspective is in focus and that data is gathered longitudinally. Identified ICF-CY codes lend an international language and multi-disciplinary tool for use in caring for young children with cancer.

(Paediatric Nurse, BA Early Childhood Studies, Master of Public Health, CHILD research group)

Latest articles & book chapters

Darcy, L., Enskär, K. & Björk,. M. (2018). Young Children’s Experiences of Living an Everyday life with Cancer – A three year Interview Study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing (accepted) 2018

Karlsson, K., Galvin, K., & Darcy, L. (2018). Children’s suffering during medical procedures- Using a theoretical framework for humanising paediatric care (in manus)

Darcy, L., Björk M., Jenholt Nolbris, M. & Hedman Ahlström, B.(red) (2017) Att möta familjer i vård och omsorg: Att vara barn och möta sjukdom. Studentlitteratur. Lund.

Darcy, L., Björk, M., Granlund., & Enskär., (red). (2017). An Emerging Approach for Education and Care: implementing a world-wide classification of functioning' and disability. ICF applications in Health Care for children in Sweden. Routledge

Title of Dissertation

The everyday life of young children through their cancer trajectory


Research Groups

Supervision of doctoral students


  • International Coordinator for the Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare
  • Erasmus contact person for Europe
  • Member of the Board of Education
  • Program Lead for Paediatric nurse specialist programme