Summary in English

Center for Research and Development of Applied Public Health i Blekinge.

The Blekinge Center of Competence is the Blekinge County Council's research and development unit. The Center works on innovations in public health and practice through interdisciplinary scientific research, community projects, and the dissemination of knowledge in order to increase quality of life of the habitants of the county of Blekinge, Sweden.

The work of the Center includes a formal collaboration between the Blekinge County Council and the five municipalities in Blekinge, as well as collaboration with national (e.g., Blekinge Institute of Technology, Lund University) and international universities (e.g., Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis). The Center also includes a scientific council for the distribution of research grants. The project leaders at the Center engage in external projects in collaboration with the municipalities of Blekinge, as well as projects that focus on the development and mapping of evidence for public health practices. The Center is also a major hub for scientific projects with both national and international coverage (e.g., Rikssår, The Swedish National Study on Aging and Caring). The project leaders also conduct internal projects, which focus on the development of the infrastructure of hospitals and clinics in Blekinge.

We supervise students and health care personnel researching health related issues that are developed into applied public health practices. We offer courses in research methodology, ethics, and well-being. The Center produces a series of open access reports, press releases, and scientific articles each year.

The administrative personnel at the Center support all of their co-workers with management and practical matters, such as layouts, event management, statistical methods, etc. The librarians from our unique Medical Library also help to educate and inform health care staff, patients, researchers, students, and the public. The Center consists of education facilities, guest offices, conference halls, and also a training facility.

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