Research projects

Our research in the field of nursing science takes place in multidisciplinary and international research groups. Research in nursing science aims at high quality, social relevance, interdisciplinary and international cooperation, and renewal of research. Below you’ll find examples of our currently on-going research projects.

More information on personnel's research areas can be found via UEF Connect.


Conversational Interfaces Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing of People in Sparsely Populated Areas

The ChatPal project will develop and trial chatbots to support and promote mental health and wellbeing. The Chatpal team, together with healthcare professionals, technical experts and psychologists, will engage with people across the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme Area to assess their needs and inform the design and development of the Chatbot. The Chatbot technology will then measure its engagement, adoption and usefulness in supporting mental health and wellbeing.

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eHealth Services for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (eCAP)

The need for psychiatric services for children and adolescents generally exceeds service capacity. The eCAP project aims to solve problems in the delivery of mental health promotion and child and adolescent psychiatry services to remote areas. The aim of this project is to develop diagnosis, consultation, supervision, treatment and collaboration between professionals by using modern information technology - videoconferencing (VC) systems and the Development and Wellbeing Assessment, a computerised structured instrument for gathering diagnostic data from families, teachers and young people themselves.

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EuropeaN curriculum for fAmily aNd Community nurse (2018-2021)

The ENhANCE Project targets specific existing mismatch between the skills currently offered by nurses working in Primary Health Care (PHC) and those actually demanded by both public healthcare institutions and private service providers when applying innovative healthcare models centered on PHC. The ENhANCE project is an international project that University of Eastern Finland; Department of Nursing Science participated in it. Other partners are Italy (University of Genova, CNR-ITD, SI4life & ALISA), Belgium (EUROCARERS & EASPD), Greece (TEI of Thessaly, TEI of Crete & ENE), Portugal (Future Balloons) and Germany (AWV & AFBB). The project is financed by Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. 

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Professor Hannele Turunen
Project Assistant Mina Azimirad


INEXCA - Excellent research and expertise of quality of cancer care by internationally trained staff

INEXCA deals with quality of cancer care. The project brings together a variety of experts with interdisciplinary competence on quality of care, cancer care, patient involvement, family care givers, methodology and IT. The organisations involved are universities, hospitals as well as IT and health-related businesses. INEXCA increases knowledge transfer from research to practice and business.

This project is funded by the European Union.

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MASI - Medication Administration Safety & Interventions

MASI - Medication Administration & Safety Interventions -research project aims to study and increase the medication administration safety and skills of nurses.

The research project is carried out at the Department of Nursing Science (UEF) in 2015-2018 with national and international partners. ​

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SLIPPS-Sharing Learning from Practice to improve Patient Safety 2016-2019

Errors, mishaps and misunderstandings are common in patient care with around 1 in 10 patients suffering avoidable harm (WHO 2014). While the majority of adverse care episodes and near misses are preventable (Vlayen et al 2012). SLIPPS project is a transnational, multi-professional and educational patient safety project that brings together clinical practice and academia. The big picture of the project is to develop an international patient safety education network (IPSEN). SLIPPS project is led by University of Northumbria. Other partner countries are Finland, Italy, Norway and Spain. The overall goal is to harness the untapped potential of important learning events experienced while in practice placements. Other aims of the project include development of “Learning Event Recording Tools” (LERTS), developing a SLIPPS database of learning event reports (LERs), simulation scenarios, virtual open access seminars, and developing an international open access Virtual Learning Centre (SVLC). Department of Nursing Science participated in SLIPPS project.  This project is co-funded by the EU.

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Professor Hannele Turunen
Project Assistant Mina Azimirad

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TerOpe -project 
Development of the health science and social service teachers’ professional competence and continuing education
The Department of Nursing Science at the University of Eastern Finland is participating in a nationwide government key project funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. The aim of the research and development project (TerOpe -project) is to define national competence requirements for health science and social service teachers, develop and integrate a model for continuous education, and pilot a new study module in digitalization and develop a teacher professional competence network. 
The project started on 1. September 2017 and ends on 31. December 2019. The project includes six universities and one university of applied sciences in the field of teacher education in health sciences: the University of Oulu (coordination), the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Tampere, the University of Turku, the University of Jyväskylä, Åbo Akademi and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. 
The Department of Nursing Science at the University of Eastern Finland is responsible for developing the study module in digitalization (digital competence of teachers) with its material. The development of the digital learning module on a research basis has begun in spring 2018 and piloting will take place in the spring of 2019. 
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Terhi Saaranen, PhD, Docent, University Lecturer
Project manager (UEF)
University of Eastern Finland
Marjorita Sormunen, PhD, University Lecturer
Project coordinator (UEF)
University of Eastern Finland
Juha Pajari, MSc
Project worker (UEF)
University of Eastern Finland