Lena Rosenberg

Lena Rosenberg
Karolinska Institutet | KI · Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society - NVS

PhD

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January 2009 - June 2020
Karolinska Institutet
Position
  • Docent
Description
  • Senior lecturer and docent (associate professor) at the Division of Occupational Therapy at Karolinska Institutet. Research group leader for the research group Everyday Matters.

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Publications (40)
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This article brings methodological insight into in-situ drawings as representations of daily life with dementia. As part of ethnographic fieldwork in dementia care units in a nursing home, drawings were made on site by a researcher. We suggest that the ambiguity of in-situ drawings, and the ensuing possibilities to disambiguate them, is valuable. I...
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Background: Social participation can be described as engaging in activities that provide interaction with others, and support for social participation may reduce loneliness and improve health. However, there is limited knowledge about social participation in a home care context. Aim: To explore the perceptions and experiences of community-dwelling...
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The aim of this study was to contribute with knowledge about how a sense of home and belonging is enacted and can be supported in everyday life, with a particular focus on the relationships that connect everyday life and the environment in nursing home contexts. The concepts ‘a sense of home’ and ‘belonging’ were chosen with the ambition to grasp v...
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Objectives: Many persons with dementia live at home with support from home care services. Despite this, research is scarce concerning how risks in daily life among persons with dementia are perceived and handled by home care staff. This study aimed to explore how home care staff identify risks in the everyday lives of persons with dementia, and to...
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Seemingly mundane materialities are intertwined with important, but often neglected, care interactions. It has been argued that if healthcare professionals paid more attention to the roles materialities can have, everyday routines could become important occasions for care. In response to such proposals, we argue that it is relevant to examine how m...
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Objectives: To better understand how a dialogue about the influence of nursing home residents on their everyday activities evolve among diverse practitioners and to identify the consequences of such an understanding in practice. Methods: Inspired by a collaborative approach, five workshops, one focus group and follow up interviews were conducted. T...
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Background Older persons with cognitive impairment (CI) risk social isolation. Strong evidence shows that perceived loneliness, or inadequate social networks, triggers and increases health problems. How homecare systems address social participation remains unknown; anecdotal data suggests there are significant gaps. This study’s objective was to id...
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Little is known about the types of home care services granted to older clients in Sweden. The objectives of this study were to: (a) identify and describe the range of granted home care services and service hours; (b) compare services granted for clients with and without documented cognitive impairment; and (c) examine associations between the range...
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Background: Despite global and local policy frameworks that explicitly aim to privilege participation and active engagement of older adults living in nursing homes, this group often has limited possibilities to engage in occupations and to have influence in their everyday lives. Aim: To explore how older adults’ engagement and influence in an occup...
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Introduction: An increasing number of older persons worldwide live at home with various functional limitations such as dementia. So, home care staff meet older persons with extensive, complex needs. The staff’s well-being is crucial because it can affect the quality of their work, although literature on job strain among home care staff is limited....
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This study aimed to understand how adult children sustain caring for persons with dementia (PwDs) within their family and formal care contexts in Canada. Half-day focus groups were conducted with adult daughters and adult sons in Toronto, Canada. Using constructivist grounded theory, we examined both substantive concepts and group dynamics. Sustain...
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This study explored how boundaries in relationship to community and identity were created and negotiated among lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer (LGBQ) people, within the framework of picturing LGBQ specific elderly housing as a housing alternative in older age, by applying focus group methodology. 'An island as a sparkling sanctuary' was identified...
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This study focuses on influence that older adults, living in nursing homes, have over everyday activities. Everyday activities are key to sustain a sense of stability, predictability, and enjoyment in the local world of people's everyday and therefore a critical dimension of the person-centeredness framework applied within gerontology. This narrati...
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Background: As context may impact everyday technology (ET) use it is relevant to study this within different contexts. Aims: To examine the usefulness of the Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire (ETUQ) in different contexts by investigating and comparing (1) the level of challenge of ETs in the ETUQ and (2) the relevance of and perceived abilit...
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Background To use valid subjective reports sensible to cognitive decline is vital to identify very early signs of dementia development. Use of everyday technology (ET) has been shown to be sensitive to differentiate adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) from controls, but the group with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI) has not yet been e...
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Background: Technology use is relevant for engaging in everyday occupations and aging in place and difficulties might limit participation. Aim: The aim of the present study was two-fold: to investigate the internal scale validity of the Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire (ETUQ) in a matched Portuguese and a Swedish sample of older adults without...
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Objectives: Most research on learning in the field of dementia has studied teaching approaches, while little is known about learning as experienced and enacted by the people with dementia. The aim was to explore the lived experience of learning and maintaining knowledge related to technology among people with mild to moderate stage dementia. Method...
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Background: Person-centred care (PCC), especially for frail and vulnerable elders with advanced dementia, remains in many ways an elusive concept. There appears to be a persistent strain between the medical and social models of care in institutionalised environments that strives to provide the last homely comforts to the people living there. A scop...
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Research into older people's use of remote controls, mobile phones, digital home appliances, and computerized communication systems reveals that many have difficulty accessing and using these everyday technologies. By using occupational justice theory as a lens onto this technological development, we argue in this commentary that critical analysis...
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Introduction Everyday technologies such as mobile phones and ticket vending machines have become increasingly indispensable, profoundly influencing daily life activities. Yet this has been given little attention in occupational therapy. The aim of this study was to explore occupational therapists’ views on everyday technologies’ relevance, meaning...
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Background/Objective: The Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire (ETUQ), which evaluates the perceived relevance of and the perceived ability in everyday technology (ET) use, has demonstrated acceptable psychometric properties in Swedish studies of older adults. The aim of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of the ETUQ in a Japan...
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Background/aim: With an increasing number of ageing people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), there is a risk that traditional housing for older people fails to meet the needs of these people. The aim of this study was to describe LGBTQ people's needs, preferences, and concerns according to ageing and...
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Everyday technology, ET (e.g. computers, TV's and vending machines) perceived as relevant and used in everyday activities change continuously. Not being able to keep up with these changes may hinder participation in activities. OBJECTIVE: To investigate stability and change in perceived relevance of ET, and in levels of perceived ET difficulty acro...
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An increasing number of people with dementia are ageing at home in Sweden and in other countries. In order to meet the safety requirements, knowledge about how persons with dementia experience risks is required. The aim of the study was to explore and better understand how persons with dementia, living at home, experience risks in their daily life...
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Objective: The study aim was to investigate how and when an evaluation of perceived difficulty in use of everyday technology (Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire, ETUQ) could be used in clinical occupational therapy. Method: Eight focus-group interviews were undertaken with a total of 42 participants (occupational therapists), and data were an...
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Purpose: To develop a design concept for an easy-to-use videophone for people with dementia and to evaluate the design and need of such a product. Method: In this project, we have used an inclusive design approach that includes the target users in the design process. In an earlier study, the need of a videophone was examined and a requirement sp...
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Abstract Everyday technologies (ETs) like microwave ovens and automatic telephone services as well as assistive technologies (ATs) are often used in the performance of everyday activities. As a consequence, the ability to manage technology is important. This pilot study aimed to clarify the applicability of a model for knowledge translation to supp...
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People with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease are likely to be challenged by the multitude of everyday technology in today's society. The aim of this study was to explore how they try to prohibit, avoid or solve problems in everyday technology use, maintain skills, and learn to use new technology. To explore how the participants app...
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In this chapter, the methodological challenges of applying a transactional perspective in the context of occupational therapy research are discussed. It is also suggested how a unit of analysis that focuses on where and when the transactions happen can be conceptualized and applied. Based on clinical practice and research on interventions in the ho...
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Purpose: To identify, based on the literature, people with dementia's potentials to manage an easy-to-use videophone, and to develop a videophone requirement specification for people with dementia. Method: The study is based on the Inclusive Design method, utilising the first two of four phases. Content analyses of literature reviews were used t...
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The aim of this study was to explore actions and driving forces of the actors involved in the process of bringing assistive technology (AT) into the life of a person with dementia. Specific focus is placed on the unfolding transactions and what they led to, and how the AT intervention corresponded to the situation of the person with dementia. Three...
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Technology is believed to have a potential for supporting significant others of people with dementia but little is known of their experiences and views of technology. The aim of this study is to explore how significant others relate to technology and to their relatives with dementia as technology users. The focus is on both their own use of technol...
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People with mild cognitive impairment or dementia in a mild phase who live at home are expected to manage the everyday technology that is common in this context. However, the knowledge of how technology use may interfere with the performance of daily activities is sparse. The purpose of this study was to evaluate if a new instrument measuring relev...
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This study's purpose was comparing perceived relevance of and difficulty in use of everyday technology such as remote controls, cell phones, and microwave ovens, in older adults with/without cognitive deficits. Three groups included 157 participants; 34 had mild-stage dementia, 30 had mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and 93 lacked known cognitive i...
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The aim of this paper is to advance our understanding of participation and its relation to occupation, by analysing the daily occupational experiences of six men and women living with chronic pain. Open-ended interviews are used in conjunction with a constant comparative method of analysis. The findings are thematically presented as: "taking initia...

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Projects (6)
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The project aim to understand more about how the design of the shared spaces in nursing homes can contribute to thriving and belonging among residents.
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This multidisciplinary project (occupational therapy, psychology, elder law and labourlaw, social and political science, and engineering) will provide new insights into what happens when people develop mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia while still working, how this is influenced by legislation, and how it is experienced and potentially managed by those concerned.