Contact person:
Margareta Rämgård
  • Crafoordska stiftelsen
  • Gyllenstiemska Krapperupsstiftelsen
  • Greta och Johan Kocks stiftelse
  • Vårdalstiftelsen
Responsible at Malmö University:
Ingrid Bolmsjö
  • Lunds universitet
  • Palliativt Kunskapscenter
  • Region Skåne/LU
  • Högskolan Kristianstad
Time frame:
01 January 2015 - 31 December 2020
Research subject:

About the project

One of the biggest challenges for health professionals is to have conversations with older people about existential loneliness at the end of life. Today we have knowledge that caring for people in the end of their life is an existential challenge, because dying and death is ever-present.

Previous research has mainly related existential loneliness to suffering, rather than seeing existential loneliness as a continuum, that including health promotion if it is answered and accepted correctly. Existential loneliness, however, is an ambiguous term that needs clarification, and the study's purpose, therefore, is to:

  1. examine the concept of existential loneliness, how it is defined
  2. explore how existential loneliness experienced by patients/clients and their relatives 
  3. how professionals in different health contexts (places) meets existential loneliness and how they talk with people who are approaching the end of life.

3 Ph.D students participate in the project.

The methods that will be used in relation to the respective part order is 1) a concept analysis, 2) qualitative individual interviews with patients/patients and next of kin within acute care, palliative care and SäBo, as well as 3) focus group interviews with professionals in different places of care.

The studies will form the basis for work on complex interventions in the field.