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  • Holgersson, Jakob
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Holgersson, Jakob
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Camera impact on social impact games: Top down, third person and immersion2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • Frisk, David
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Frisk, David
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    WebGL: baserad ramverk prestandajämförelse: Mellan Three.Js och Babylon.Js2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • Lilja, Caroline
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Lilja, Caroline
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Inci, Berhadan
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Kvinnors erfarenheter av att drabbas av bröstcancer2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Sweden, which in 2014 recorded 9730 cases of breast cancer. The survival of breast cancer has increased significantly thanks to early detect through mammography screening. Strong emotional reactions such as anxiety, worry and fear are common in breast cancer diagnosis. Purpose: Women’s experience of breast cancer. Method: Qualitative approach with a narrative starting point. Data was collected from five autobiographies that are described by women affected by breast cancer. The analysis was conducted through a narrative analysis. Results: Two main categories emerged from the analysis; to be in need of support and the body is changing with five subcategories. The result shows that the women did not know how to convey their cancer diagnosis to relatives and friends. Other women experienced suffering, both physically and mentally as a result of their bodily changes or to medical care who was not as much interest after the treatments where done. Conclusion: There were several different emotional reactions that women experienced after they suffered from breast cancer. It was mainly different forms of suffering, but also anxiety and worry. The women’s experience from breast cancer were often similar to each other while each woman’s suffering experience is unique.

  • Stervik, Daniel
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Stervik, Daniel
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics.
    Tidigare erfarenhet och speltestning2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • Svensson, Lotten
    University of Twente, The Netherlands.
    Svensson, Lotten
    University of Twente, The Netherlands.
    A Resource-based View on Collaboration between Firms and Local Partners in a Non-urban Swedish Context2016Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Is it feasible to stimulate informal collaboration among non-urban firms and local public- and other private-sector actors, whereby they jointly strengthen the competitiveness of these firms? To answer this question, firms’ collaboration with local partner’s actors were examined. Most of the studied firms in this thesis are embedded in a regional “ecosystem” of a country (Sweden), with the usual set of public- and third-sector (not-for-profit) actors. Firms that “exploit” all their local external actors do create additional resources for themselves. This thesis argues that such fuller use is feasible and perhaps necessary in a non-urban Swedish context. The Resource-Based Theory (RBT) considers mainly internal firm resources to achieve superior performance. In order to extend this theory in the context of a non-urban area, collaborative excellence is advocated through informal public-private collaboration that can help firms to flourish economically. The collaboration between the public and the private sectors can also enhance a common spirit or identity of a place.

    Action Design Research (ADR) Methodology is invoked in this thesis, together with other supporting methods, such as interviews and observations as well as archival data analysis. The intervention was held as a set of workshops and has been used as a key research method at the same time. The results capture, amongst others, views from municipal management, private companies, and community (not-for-profit) associations. The essential aim of this research was to enhance the quality of the interactions among the key individuals from these organizations in their efforts to strengthen productive cooperation between the public and the private sectors. Informal public-private collaboration is important. Thus, more understanding of how such collaboration can be used effectively is paramount. This thesis shows that it is feasible to develop collaboration in a specific Swedish non-urban context when successful private firms and a municipality work well together with relevant, not-for-profit organizations that are also located in, and concerned with, the same region. Therefore, when addressing the competitive potential of a location, the quality of the informal public-private collaboration, should be considered. The abductive research approach of this study aims to offer an understanding of how informal collaboration between firms and local, non-commercial partners may take place, aiming for firms to flourish

  • Dahlstedt, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköpings universitet.
    Olson, Maria
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Stockholms universitet, Högskolan Dalarna.
    Ana's tragedy and Europe's: a contemplation over Romani, belonging and the conditioned citizenship making in a Europe of Migration2016In: European Journal of Futures Research, ISSN 2195-4194, E-ISSN 2195-2248, Vol. 4, no 16, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article deals with the notion of belonging in today’s multi-ethnic Sweden and hints at perpectives of future European identity-building. On the basis of Frantz Fanon’s understanding of colonialism and the colonized mentality as theoretical, the article deals with the situation of Roma in Sweden – and Europe. With the story of a young Roma woman that has migrated to Sweden from Hungary as point of departure, the article addresses the situation for Romani people, but also for other migrants in Europe, with particular focus on who are allowed to belong to the community of Swedish and European citizens, and who are not.

  • Lundin, Anette
    Jönköping University, School of health and welfare.
    Lundin, Anette
    Jönköping University, School of health and welfare.
    Rättfärdigade prioriteringar: en kvalitativ analys av hur personal i äldreomsorgen hanterar motstridiga verksamhetslogiker2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation aims at contributing to social scientific knowledge about prevailing prioritizations in eldercarepractice by looking at an economic and a caring logic, and how these logics are overlapping, contradictory or comein conflict with each other. A more concrete aim is to understand how the personnel describe their work with orfor balance between the logics and their justifications prioritizations made in the care of older persons. The researchquestion is: How do personnel and care unit manager at a public nursing home understand and handle the twologics that govern care work for facilitating wellbeing of the residents. The aim and research question led to threesub-aims: 1) to analyze the personnel’s experiences of and meaning making about the care work they carry out, 2)to illuminate and problematize the two logics above, and 3)to analyze how the personnel justify their prioritizationsin prevailing context, and how their accountability have an effect on their professional identities.Empirical material was gathered through 13 individual interviews with care personnel and their care unitmanager at a public nursing home in Sweden. These interviews were complemented by a group interview. Thematerial was analyzed by the use of three methods: phenomenology (Paper I and II), reflexive analysis (Paper III),and a positioning analysis (Paper IV). Paper I found that the personnel understands the residents’ well-being asbeing characterized by feeling of being existentially touched. This essence is constituted by feeling freedom ofchoice, pleasure, and closeness to someone or something. In Paper II, the work for facilitating this kind of wellbeingwas characterized by three ambiguities: (i) freedom of choice for the older persons vs. institutionalconstraints, (ii) the residents' need for activation vs. wanting not to be activated, and (iii) the residents' need forroutine vs. the eldercarers' not being able to know what the residents need. Paper III showed that the care unitmanager created a hybrid of the two logics (economy is care and vice versa) and that the personnel oppose thishybrid. The opposition is shaped as the personnel divides their work in care and “those other things”. Thesefindings showed how interaction between the logics expresses itself in practice and that it is the personnel who hasto handle contradictions between the logics in their everyday care work. The positioning analysis in Paper IV hadthree levels. The first level showed how the carers align with their peers and that they find the organizationalframe, within which they have agency, changed due to increased workload. This change led to an order of priorities.The second level showed that the carers relate to three aspects when making accounts: the care itself, the olderpersons, and the media. The third level showed that the carers share a view of administration, cleaning, servingmeals, and filling up supplies, as not being parts of caring.The dissertation’s theoretical framework focused on theories on logics, accountability, and professionalidentity. The conclusion is that both logics are needed in order to facilitate the well-being of the older persons. Therelationships between the two logics are not always clear and if their contradictions are not illuminated, there is arisk for a care practice that does not facilitate the well-being of their residents. An important theoreticalcontribution is that logics of activities should be understood vertically (form political, through management, anddown to the level of practice) instead of horizontally. The practical implications emphasize the importance ofsupporting the personnel’s professional identity on the one hand, and discussing the logics on the other. Byunderstanding differences between definitions on management-level and practice level, a homogeneity can bereached.

  • Lindblom, Jessica
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Lindblom, Jessica
    University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
    Lundström, Christina
    Department of Urban and Rural development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skara, Sweden.
    Ljung, Magnus
    National Competence Centre for Advisory Services, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skara, Sweden.
    Jonsson, Anders
    Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skara, Sweden.
    Promoting sustainable intensification in precision agriculture: review of decision support systems development and strategies2016In: Precision Agriculture, ISSN 1385-2256, E-ISSN 1573-1618Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Precision agriculture provides important issues toward a more sustainable agriculture. Many farmers have the necessary technology to operate site-specifically, but they do not use it in practice, and thus available information and communications technology(ICT) systems are not used to their full potential. This paper addresses how to reduce the so-called ‘‘problem of implementation’’, based on the knowledge that participatory approaches during the design and development process is one of the most important factors to frame technology adoption. The development of sustainable ICT systems through theories and methodologies from the fields of human computer interaction and user-centered design (UCD) is presented and an ongoing Swedish project for development of an agricultural decision support system (AgriDSS) for nitrogen fertilization is used as an example to frame the issue. The overreaching aim is to develop AgriDSSs that are sustainable in design as well as through design by stressing the importance of participatory approaches for the successful development of AgriDSSs. The Swedish project has the intention to apply a UCD approach, and some pitfalls on starting to use this way of working is identified as well as some suggestions on how to reduce them through co-learning processes. Despite the challenges presented in this paper, ICT can contribute significantly to long-term sustainable development. Thus, several competences and scientific disciplines need to act in concert to help develop a sustainable development of agriculture via a transdisciplinary approach that can make an impact on society at many levels.

  • Vixner, Linda
    et al.
    Department of Women's and Children's Health, Division of Reproductive Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden / School of Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.
    Vixner, Linda
    Department of Women's and Children's Health, Division of Reproductive Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden / School of Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden.
    Schytt, Erica
    Centre for Clinical Research Dalarna, Falun, Sweden / Bergen University Collage, Bergen, Norway.
    Mårtensson, Lena B.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education.
    Associations between maternal characteristics and women's responses to acupuncture during labour: a secondary analysis from a randomised controlled trial2016In: Acupuncture in Medicine, ISSN 0964-5284, E-ISSN 1759-9873Article in journal (Refereed)
  • Alemayehu, Samrawit
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Alemayehu, Samrawit
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Tranchell, Elin
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Kvinnors upplevelser efter en gastric bypass operation: Är gräset alltid grönare på andra sidan?2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The worldwide prevalence of obesity has doubled in the last twenty years and is therefore classified as a global epidemic and is therefore a major health problem. This has initiated the gastric bypass surgery to increase. It is therefore important that nurses and people considering this operation have a better understanding and knowledge the life after the surgery. Objective: The aim of this study was to describe women's experiences after a gastric bypass surgery. Method: This study used qualitative method to study the blogs written by women who have gone through gastric bypass surgery. It contains 14 analysed blogs. Results/ Discussion: The result shows that women have a better quality of life when it´s easier for them to move around and don’t feel the discomfort when they are participating in social activities. However, there is a downside to the surgery. They find it difficult to adjust to the new lifestyle, in order to avoid the complications. Some of these women are also experiencing identity crisis. Conclusion: It is therefore significant for patients who have gone through gastric bypass surgery to get the support they need with attitudes and information about diet to have a healthy and permanent weight loss and lifestyle. Further research on how women experience the psychological health before and after the surgery needs to be done since obesity is increasing and more people are choosing this method for weight loss.

  • Axelsson, Veronica
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Axelsson, Veronica
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Svensson, Karin
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    När du fick alzheimers förändrades allt: Hur närståendes livskvalité påverkas av att någon de älskar drabbas av Alzheimers sjukdom2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Alzheimer´s disease is often called the relative's illness on the grounds that the disease also affects the relatives. It is therefore important that the nurse working with a holistic approach and obtain an understanding of the impact of Alzheimer´s disease on family and relatives. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe the experience of how quality of life is affected by being related to a person with Alzheimer's disease. Method: This is an qualitative content analysis, where autobiographical works have been analyzed. Results: The results are presented in three categories: "A new day", "Living with suffering" and "A heavy responsibility." Each category has two subcategories. The life that was previously known to the relatives became a memory. New challenges in everyday life and a heavy responsibility that resulted in that the quality of life was affected. Mental and physical health became a fact. Conclusion: There were several factors that led to impaired quality of life. One factor was that the relatives had to take full responsibility for everyday life and played an important role for the person with Alzheimer´s disease. For this reason, the nurse must be able to support the relatives so that they can cope with their caring role and minimize the risk of mental illness.