Strategy for nursing research in Sweden

  • Clara Aarts RN, RCN, Ph.D. Associate Professor at Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden.


Sweden has about 10 million inhabitants. The responsibility for health and medical care is shared by the central government, county councils (n=20) and municipalities (n=290).1 Health care in Sweden is largely tax-funded, a system that ensures equal access to health care services.
Health and medical care represents about 7.5 percent of Sweden’s gross domestic product (GDP). Sweden has 61 hospitals, seven are regional
hospitals, and about 1200 Primary Health Care Centers, of which > 40% are private centers year 2015. It is common nowadays for county councils to buy services from private health care providers but patients are covered by the same regulations that apply to municipal care facilities. Research example at our Department, Associate Professor Ulrica Winblad and research group who study the effects of marketization on health care.

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(1) Swedish Institute. Health Care in Sweden [Internet]. [cited Jan 2017]. Available from:

(2) Health Services Research. Research group leader Winblad U [Internet]. [cited Jan 2017]. Available from:

(3) Swedish Society of Nursing. Nursing – research and the future. a strategy for nursing research [Internet]. 2016. [cited Jan 2017]. Available from:

(4) World Economic Forum 2015. The Global Gender Gap Report 2015 [Internet]. [cited Jan 2017]. Available from:

(5) Kerstis B, Aarts C, Tillman C, Persson H, Engström G, Edlund B. et al. Association between parental depressive symptoms and impaired bonding with the infant. Arch. Womens Ment. Health. 2016; 19(1):87-94.

(6) Child Health and Parenting (CHAP). Research group leader Sarkadi A. [cited Jan 2017]. Available from: research-team-in-chap/

(7) Gunningberg L, Hommel A, Bååth C, Idvall E. The first national pressure ulcer prevalence survey in county council and municipality settings in Sweden. J Eval Clin Pract. 2013; 19(5):862-7.

(8) University of Gothenburg Centre for Personcentred Care (GPCC) [Internet]. [cited Jan 2017]. Available from:

(9) Uppsala University Psychosocial Care Programme (U-CARE). Research group leader Von Essen L [Internet]. [cited Jan 2017]. Available from:

How to Cite
Aarts, C. (2017). Strategy for nursing research in Sweden. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 35(1).