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Gørill Haugan

NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Unravelling existential suffering and its relation to depression in older adults: EXIST-well in nursing homes (CAT program)
14 November 2021 -
19 November 2021
Medicine Pharmacy

Gørill Haugan is currently a professor at the Department of Public Health and Nursing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a professor II at Faculty of Nursing and Health, Nord University. She conducts research in health science and nursing using both qualitative and quantitative approaches/methods, and supervises doctoral and master students as well as the staff teaching nursing at the universities. Her main field is health promotion; she is the main editor of three edited scientific anthologies (2 in Norwegian and 1 in the English language) on health promotion in the health care.

In November 2021, she joins the Paris IAS as part of the CAT program.

Research Interests

Health promotion; health promoting resources; Nurse-patient interaction; Late life well-being; Scale development and psychometric properties of measurement models in different populations

The ageing of the world's population is accompanied by an increase in comorbidities and disabilities. This leads to the need for long-term care in nursing homes, which report alarming levels of depressive symptomatology. Professionals in these institutions also report existential difficulties experienced by their residents.
No studies are currently available on the subject. This interdisciplinary project therefore fills this gap by clarifying the relationship between geriatric depressive symptoms and existential concerns, with the aim to develop the psycho-educational training of nursing home care professionals.


Other or several periods
Western Europe