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      A salutogenic perspective on sustainable health in women-dominated work – Learnings from Nepal and Sweden

      Research Group Woman, Child, Youth and Family
      Resarch Environment Digital Health Research (DHEAR)

      Quick Facts

      Full project name

      A salutogenic perspective on sustainable health in women-dominated work – Learnings from Nepal and Sweden

      Duration

      January 2017 – September 2022

      Partners

      Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, Sweden

      Financing

      University of Skövde

      This project is an ongoing doctoral project at the University of Skövde. There is a global interest in and concern with various health issues. Globalization affects individuals’ health and well-being and leads to worldwide migration.

      Encounters between people from different contexts, conditions, and cultures can constitute challenging aspects of providing health and care. Worldwide, women are more vulnerable than men in general and enjoy less health, wealth, and carry a heavier work burden than men.

      Gender is one of the most important health determinants and has a significant effect on women’s health outcomes. For the achievement of global sustainable development goals, it is essential to equalize existing differences between people’s health in different societies. Therefore, one crucial aspect is to maintain and promote the health of women in low-income countries like Nepal.

      It is important to identify health resources which individuals may have within themselves to develop and maintain health. People can use the resources to have control over their health. Therefore, it is essential to identify individuals’ health resources and use them as strategies to achieve sustainable health.

      Psychosocial health challenges, such as stress in the workplace is increasing mostly within women-dominated professions such as the healthcare sectors in Sweden. The demographic trends in Swedish society, with an increasing number of older people, also increase the need for more personnel in the healthcare sector.

      Nursing personnel often leave their profession due to health challenges, therefore, strengthening and promoting work-related health among nursing personnel is essential. The identification and exploration of women’s health in women-dominated work from a different cultural perspective will obtain differences, and similarities. Therefore, this knowledge may be applicable and useful to maintain and promote women's health in women-dominated work.

      The sub-studies

      1. Determination and evaluation of sense of coherence in women during a health promotion intervention in semi-urban Nepal

      2. Exploring Nurses’ experiences of work-related health in a Swedish context

      3. Exploring Nurses’ experiences of work-related health in a Nepalese context

      4. Differences regarding job-demands and resources between nurses working in the private respective public health care sector in Sweden

      Project leader

      Professor

      Anette Ekström-Bergström

      Section for nursing, University West

      PhD Student Nursing

      Participating Researchers

      Kristina Areskoug-Josefsson
      Docent
      Natalia Oli
      PhD
      Abhinav Vaidya
      Professor Public Health Science
      Madhusudan Subedi
      Professor
      Anna Nyberg
      Phd
      Johanna Stengård
      Phd
      Published: 1/13/2020
      Edited: 9/25/2020
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