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A person-centred approach to health promotion for older people who are born abroad and implementation and RCT (PAMC)


The overarching aim with this study was to develop, implement and evaluate a health promoting programme for people from Finland or the Western Balkan region, who were 70 years of age or older and independent daily activites (1). The aim of the programme was to prevent or delay dependence in daily activities, health decline, and frailty. The study focused on both evaluation and implementation and the data collection finished in 2016.

The study has developed tools for collaboration between the target group, staff and researchers, as well as with tools to bridge barriers to health promotion. For example, alternative ways to recruit participants and to collect and analyse data in studies with and for people who are ageing in a migration context.

The findings describe how a person-centred approach could be used to make use of the resources of the target groups, and visualise methods to bridge linguistic barriers. The education material from Older people in the risk zone has also been translated to Bosnian Serbo-Croatian and Finnish. 


(1) Gustafsson S, Lood Q, Wilhelmson K, Häggblom-Kronlöf G, Landahl S, Dahlin-Ivanoff S. A person-centred approach to health promotion for persons 70+ who have migrated to Sweden: promoting aging migrants’ capabilities implementation and RCT study protocol. BMC Geriatrics 2015, 15:10 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/15/10


Emmelie Barnefeld: ” How to support knowing and doing in promotion of health - Lessons learned from the Promoting Aging Migrants' Capabilities program”

Qarin Lood: ”Discovering the capabilities of ageing persons who are born abroad: crossing norms, moving health promotion forward”

Annikki Arola: ” Capturing the experience of health among persons aging in a migration context - Health promotion interventions as means to enable health and occupations in daily life”


Synneve Dahlin Ivanoff, Susanne Gustafsson, Greta Häggblom-Kronlöf, Anna Duner, Lisen Dellenborg, Sten Landahl, Qarin Lood

PHD - students

Hanna Mc Innes


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