Research has a long tradition on the Careum Campus. An interdisciplinary team from the fields of nursing, health and social sciences and humanities conducts participatory and practice-oriented research as part of national and international projects.
The aim of research into health care and nursing is to develop an understanding of the links between health, health care, society and the environment, gain new insights and present forward-looking potential solutions. This involves developing and testing new care models with innovative and technological solutions as well as measures for creating an integrated and person-centred health care system. This is how research helps to create a sustainable and high-quality health care system for everyone.
Care and caring throughout life
In recent years, the research department at the Careum School of Health has evolved into a leading research unit in the field of health care. An interdisciplinary team joins forces with national and international partners to conduct research on hot topics in the world of health care.
The priorities and fields of research are chosen in such a way that the transfer between research and teaching is guaranteed. For example, new research results are integrated into training and further education programmes on the one hand, and research projects incorporate current concerns and challenges from the real world on the other.
Particular attention is paid to the subject of “Care and caring throughout life”. At least once in their lives, most people will be in the position where somebody close to them requires care, be it due to an illness, old age, an accident or a disability. This support role is sometimes situational, other times long-term, but does tend to be intensive in most cases.
From young carers to ageing carers
An examination of life experiences highlights the fact that relatives providing care to their loved ones are by no means just middle-aged or elderly people.
It is, in fact, also common for children and young people to assume the role of a carer. At a tender young age, these young carers, or young adult carers as they are known in an academic context, take on the duties and responsibilities that would normally be shouldered by adults.
Adults often first find themselves in a situation where they need to provide care when their own parents grow old or family members experience serious illnesses or disabilities. At this stage in their lives, care-giving relatives tend to be at the peak of their careers. Working carers are tasked with managing the balancing act between their job and providing care to their relatives and often find themselves burning the candle at both ends.
The term ageing carers is used to refer to care-giving relatives who have reached retirement age or are already very old. Many elderly people look after a loved one requiring care in their own homes, such as their spouses or partners who suffer from an illness or are in need of care.
Great importance is attached to participation in national and international research projects, with patients and their care-giving relatives involved and integrated in such projects from the very beginning. Research is not conducted about people, but rather with people for the benefit of people.
In addition to the key subject of “Care and caring throughout life”, the research department at the Careum School of Health also explores a range of other current and socially relevant research questions. Innovative and technology-assisted care models, for example, are also a major focus. State-of-the-art technologies help people in need of assistance to go about their day-to-day lives at home in an independent manner.
Valuable synergies are also exploited on the Careum Campus. For example, the Careum School of Health also conducts research on cross-cutting issues such as digital training, health literacy, interprofessionality, health law and ethics in collaboration with other Careum units and departments.