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Pioneers not only tap into the latest research knowledge, but also produce it themselves. The research services of Nordic Healthcare Group put globally renowned researchers and research methods at your disposal.

NHG’s research activities create new knowledge about different approaches together with our clients. We also conduct commissioned studies where we utilize the appropriate scientific methods to solve our clients’ research questions.

Our research activities aim to publish the results and to disseminate new knowledge. We utilize the latest research knowledge to support decision-making in ministries, counties and the private sector.

NHG’s trained research staff have experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and a thorough understanding of health and social services as a topic of research. Our researchers also possess a wide network of partners in universities and research institutions around the world.

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Riikka-Leena Leskelä D.Sc. (Tech.)

Research Director
riikka-leena.leskela@nhg.fi

The research project consisted of developing an analytics algorithm which predicts the transfer of home care customers to round-the-clock service housing 6–12 months in advance.

The algorithm utilizes the indicators of the RAI system, which describe the functional capacity and health of a home care customer. Machine learning methods were used to search hundreds of individual RAI variables to identify the ones which best predict the transfer to round-the-clock service housing.

The algorithm proved to be accurate and was integrated into the RAI system. The data provided by the algorithm helps home care providers to plan and target services to those in most need. Targeted services make it possible to help the elderly to live longer safely at home and while staying within the sphere of home care services.

Link to RAIsoft article

Funded by Cancer Foundation Finland, the study examined the development of costs of cancer and treatment outcomes in Finland in 2009–2014.

The costs of cancer included treatment-related costs in specialized healthcare and basic healthcare. The total costs also included the ward treatment by private providers and foundations, screening costs as well as medicine reimbursement, rehabilitation services, rehabilitation and sickness allowances and pensions and travel expenses paid by Kela.

The costs of cancer have increased slower than was predicted in previous studies. The costs have increased the most in the outpatient care of specialized healthcare and in terms of the medicines reimbursed by Kela. The costs have decreased in the ward treatment of specialized healthcare and in terms of disability pensions. Two articles based on the study were published in Acta Oncologica Scandinavica.