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  • 2151.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Hållbarhet i förskolan: En översikt av forskningsresultat2019In: Kollegiet för didaktik och barns lärande. Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande. Göteborgs universitet., 2019Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Eftersom det är svårt att ändra det man lär sig som ung är det betydelsefullt att påbörja utbildning för hållbarhet redan i förskolan. Den här presentationen kommer att redovisa min forskning om förskolebarns kunskaper om och färdigheter i social, ekonomisk och miljömässig hållbarhet i Sverige, samt betydelsen av pedagogers engagemang för barns lärande om hållbarhet. Några resultat från två pågående skolutvecklingsprojekt kommer också presenteras; dels vad gäller hur pedagogerna konkretiserar det abstrakta konceptet hållbarhet i det vardagliga pedagogiska arbetet, dels hur förskolechefer ser på förskolans arbete med hållbarhet. Föreläsningen hålls på engelska.

  • 2152.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Integration of immigrants and cultural diversity: An analysis of one textbook and its workbook for upper secondary English A published in Sweden in 20042007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The objective of this thesis was to describe how a contemporary textbook and its workbook forSwedish upper secondary English A course reflects integration of immigrants and fundamentalvalues for a society based on cultural diversity. A textual analysis of the texts in the textbook,questions and activities in the workbook, and a visual analysis of the images of the textbook werecarried out using quantitative and qualitative methods. The result of the study indicates that thethemes, texts, personalities, writers and images of the textbook appear to be selected consciouslyto avoid portraying stereotype messages and views of “them”, who are different. Although thereare a couple of stereotype messages, the textbook offers teachers and pupils of English A coursea wide range of texts and images, including activities in the workbook, which can be used to meetthe goals in LPF 94 regarding integration of immigrants and fundamental norms and values for asociety based on cultural diversity.

  • 2153.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Kids, cash and sustainability: Economic knowledge and behaviors among preschool children2017In: Cogent Education, E-ISSN 2331-186X, ISSN 2331-186X, Vol. 4, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2154.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. Umeå University.
    Preschool children’s understanding of transport use and environmental issues in Sweden2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: As humans we influence the climate system and our current emissions of greenhouse gases are higher than ever. Nearly two thirds of the greenhouse gases in the transport sector come from motor cars. Driving car is not only harmful for the environment, but it also contributes to health problems. Issues related to climate change and transport are part of a large challenge of sustainability. Children as future global citizens are the potential victims of these consequences. Raising awareness about the hazardous environmental issues does not ensure a change in human behavior or practice. Rather, alternative forms of education and learning are needed to develop such understandings, attitudes and capacities. As we develop our values, attitudes, behaviors and skills when we are very young, special attention needs to be given to include sustainability issues in early childhood education.  However, knowledge is scarce in the field of preschool children’s understanding of transport use and its relation to environmental and sustainability issues.

    Objectives: To explore preschool children’s understanding of transport use and its relation to environmental and sustainability issues, and investigate the sources of their understandings.

    Methods: A pilot study was conducted with eight children, aged 5-6, in a preschool in Sweden in 2014. Semi-structured questions with colored illustrations of a bus, a car, a bi-cycle and a child walking to school with an adult were used. The interviews were audio recorded. The five levels of Biggs and Collis’ SOLO (Structure of the Observed Leaning Outcomes) taxonomy was used to organize, categorize and analyze the responses.

    Results: All children mentioned that walking to preschool is best for the environment when someone lives close to the school. Some children could tell that going by bus is better than going by car, but the reason was unknown to them. Thus, they could connect single to multiple aspects of various modes of transport, but relationships between these connections or their effects on the environment were missing. One child responded at a relational level by telling that walking is good for health and going by car is bad for the nature. Another child responded at an extended level by mentioning that driving car is bad for health and for the environment, while walking is good for health, because one gets fresh air. Two children mentioned that it is not enjoyable to travel by bus during winter when it is freezing cold and one has to wait for the bus. Guardians and teachers were mentioned as the main sources of children’s understandings of transport and the environment.

    Conclusion: The findings indicate that children understand different modes of transport and their relation to environmental issues and health. However, their levels of understanding vary. The findings also suggest that both preschool teachers and guardians play instrumental roles in children’s understandings of sustainability issues and can help them grow as agents of change.

  • 2155.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Protibandhi grameen shishu: Samaz shasthakormi, ponorbashankormi o poribarer jorno ekta shohayika2004Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 2156.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Religio-political rhetoric in George W. Bush’s speech: An analysis of one political speech, dated January 23, 20072007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 5 credits / 7,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2157.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Shuniti interesting stories for children on rights2001Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    'Shunitir mojar galpo' is the name of two series of storybooks in Bengali. The storybooks raise awareness among children on human rights as well as rights of people with disabilities in an attractive and entertaining way. A selection of stories from 'Shunitir mojar galpa' has been translated into English and published under the name 'Shunitir-interesting stories for children on rights. 

    The story writing competition and publishing of the storybooks were the two major components of Shuniti - a human rights project of InterLife-Bangladesh. The project was funded by PMU-InterLife.

  • 2158.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Sustainability in preschool educational activities: A case study of an eco-certified preschool in Sweden2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    One challenge of our time is to find ways of living in harmony with people and the nature without further damaging our planet. To promote sustainability, Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is about ensuring quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. To achieve the SDGs by 2030, they have been integrated in Swedish national policy documents, such as the preschool curriculum. However, research on how preschools include education for sustainability (EfS) in daily educational activities is limited.

    This paper presents findings from a case study in an eco-certified preschool that works explicitly with EfS. The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the preschool’s activities with EfS from a whole-school approach model. The preschool has 36 children aged one to six, and eight preschool teachers (of whom two are child-carers). Since 2009, the preschool has maintained the requirements for the Green Flag award by the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation, which is part of the eco-preschool program of the Foundation for Environmental Education.

    Data were collected from the director and preschool teachers through group discussions, observations, informal conversations, structured interviews, reading of reports and attending planning meetings. A whole-school approach model in EfS and Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory were utilized to interpret the findings.

    Teachers encouraged children to take part in planning and decision-making activities. Together they selected different sustainability themes, such as, friendship, health of people and the planet, energy consumption, and recycling. Teachers used songs, stories, plays, films, illustrations, drawings and different experiments when they work with EfS. Older children took part in group discussions to reflect on different issues. Teachers connected environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability in educational activities. For instance, under the theme health, teachers integrated what is good for our health and what is good for our planet to survive. Some children transferred knowledge about the use of water and electricity from preschool to home.

    There were areas that the preschool could improve, e.g., newly employed staff and kitchen staff had less opportunity to be involved in EfS; one reason being that not much time was allocated for collegial learning and reflection. It is important to collaborate within the whole organisation, as sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. The preschool may think of keeping record of its ecological footprint and monitoring impact of their EfS activities to provide an incitement. This study helps developing our knowledge about how to integrate EfS at preschool level.

  • 2159.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Translation from English into simple Bangla2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on translating print materials from English into simple Bangla for people with low literacy skills, mainly in Bangladesh. A brief overview of some translation theories and practices as well as cultural aspects involved in cross-cultural communication for translating materials are given in the essay.This study is mainly based on corpus of translation theories and practices, and thelinguistic and cultural aspects of translation. My practical experience of translating arehabilitation guide, titled “Disabled Village Children – A guide for community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families” (2003) by David Werner, from English into simple Bangla has been included in the study.A good translation should be acceptable by the target language audience and it should sound natural to the target language. A translator needs to consider the language of thetranslation according to the education level of the target audience and their knowledgeof the translated topic. Otherwise, the purpose of the translation will remain unachieved.

  • 2160.
    Borg, Farhana
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Öppen föreläsning och paneldiskussion: Hur möter vi klimatkrisen?2019Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 2161.
    Borg, Farhana
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Gericke, Niklas
    Karlstad University.
    Concrete Examples of Education for Sustainability Practices in Preschools in Sweden2019In: Education in an Era of Risk - the Role of Educational Research for the Future, 2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2162.
    Borg, Farhana
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Pramling Samuelsson, Ingrid
    Gothenburg University.
    Education for Sustainability in the New Preschool Curriculum in Sweden2019In: ECER 2019, Hamburg, "Education in an Era of Risk - the Role of Educational Research for the Future", 2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2163.
    Borg, Farhana
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. Institutionen för tillämpad utbildningsvetenskap, Umeå universitet.
    Vinterek, Monika
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Förskolechefers syn på arbete med hållbar utveckling bland förskolebarn2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Lärande för hållbar utveckling har varit ett kunskapsområde i den svenska förskolan sedan Agenda 21 1992 (Program of action for sustainable development: Rio declaration on environment and development) och reflekteras i förskolans läroplan. Många förskolor är certifierade för arbete med frågor om hållbar utveckling enligt ”Grön Flagg” (Håll Sverige Rent) eller ”Skola för hållbar utveckling” (Skolverket). Även om förskolechefer har en betydelsefull funktion för att bedriva verksamheten i enlighet med målen i läroplanen och en fungerande arbetsmiljö är lite dokumenterat om chefernas perspektiv på detta arbete. Syftet med denna studie är därför att utveckla kunskap om synen på arbete med hållbar utveckling bland förskolans chefer i certifierade och inte certifierade förskolor. Frågor om hur man beskriver att förskolan arbetar för att utveckla barns intresse och förståelse för hur människor, natur och samhälle påverkar varandra och attityder till ett sådant arbeta har undersökts.

    Semi-strukturerade intervjuer hölls med fem förskolechefer från sju kommunala förskolor varav fyra var certifierade. Ett systemteoretiskt perspektiv används för att beskriva och förklara de attityder som framkommer i undersökningen.

    Datainsamling och analys är ännu inte avslutad. Preliminära resultat indikerar att förskolechefer anser att arbetet med hållbar utveckling i förskolan är mycket viktig och att frågor som rör natur och miljö, situationen för barn i andra länder, matens och leksakers ursprung etcetera, är områden som uppmärksammas. Bland förskolecheferna i certifierade förskolor framträder en tydlig ambition att integrera frågor om hållbar utveckling i verksamheten.

  • 2164.
    Borg, Farhana
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. Institutionen för tillämpad utbildningsvetenskap, Umeå universitet.
    Vinterek, Monika
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Winberg, Mikael
    Umeå universitet, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för naturvetenskapernas och matematikens didaktik.(UMSER).
    Assessing self-reported understanding and practices of sustainability issues among children in eco- and non-eco-certified preschools in Sweden2016In: Leading education: The distinct contributions of educational research and researchers. 22-26 August, 2016., Dublin: University College Dublin , 2016, p. 1-165Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To promote sustainability, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes a need for developing knowledge and skills in all learners through education for sustainability (EfS) (UN, 2015). Environmental and sustainability education is stressed in the Swedish preschool curriculum, which states that all preschools should strive to ensure that each child develops respect for all forms of life as well as care for the surrounding environment (Skolverket, Lpfö 98 Rev. 2010). In Sweden, preschools can be awarded two different eco-certifications; about 1500 preschools are certified with ‘Green flag’ and about 200 schools hold ‘Preschool for Sustainable Development’ certification (Ärlemalm-Hagsér, 2013). However, no national evaluation strategy has been developed. In fact, there is a general lack of research on and evaluations of EfS program effectiveness in whole-school sustainability programs globally (Henderson & Tilbury, 2004). The aim of this paper is to describe the development of an instrument which was used to explore and compare the outcomes of eco- and non-eco preschools in terms of children’s understandings and practices of environmental and sustainability issues. ‘Eco-preschool’ refers to a preschool that works explicitly with EfS. The terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’ are used synonymously in this paper. Using a three-interlocking-circles framework, which portrays the equal importance and interdependency of environmental, social and economic dimensions (Elliott, 2013), the concept of sustainability Brundtland (1987) was operationalized in three themes: (i) transport use and recycling, (ii) consumption and (iii) resource sharing. Based on Bruner (1966) Iconic (age 1-6 years) mode of representation, which states that information stored in the form of images and illustrations can be helpful for children’s understanding of an issue, a semi-structured, illustrated interview instrument was developed. Children’s practices were explored through a play-based approach where children performed recycling activities. The instrument was pre-tested with eight children in order to finalize the question design, question wording, appropriateness of illustrations, interview techniques and timing, as well as to collect information on open-ended questions with a view of changing some of them into multiple choice questions. Applying a cross-sectional design, 53 children, aged five and six, were interviewed during February-June 2015. The interviews were audio recorded. Besides describing the development of the instrument, preliminary results from the interview will be presented at the symposium.

    References

    Brundtland, G. H. (1987). World Commission on environment and development: our common future. Oxford University Press. Bruner, J. S. (1966). Toward a theory of instruction (Vol. 59). Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Elliott, J. A. (2013). An introduction to sustainable development. London: Routledge. Henderson, K., & Tilbury, D. (2004). Whole-school approaches to sustainability: An international review of sustainable school programs. Report Prepared by the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability (ARIES) for The Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Government. ISBN, 1(86408), 979. Skolverket. (Lpfö 98 Rev. 2010). Curriculum for the preschool. The Swedish National Agency for Education. Retrieved 08-03, 2013, from Skolverket website: http//www.skolverket.se UN. (2015). Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Retrieved 02-12, 2015, from http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/1&Lang=E, accessed 03-12-2015 Ärlemalm-Hagsér, E. (2013). Engagerade i världens bästa? : lärande för hållbarhet i förskolan. Göteborg: Acta universitatis Gothoburgensis.

  • 2165.
    Borg, Farhana
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. Umeå University.
    Winberg, Mikael
    Umeå University.
    Vinterek, Monika
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Children’s learning for a sustainable society: Influences from home and preschool2017In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 8, no 2, p. 151-172Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although parents and preschool play important roles in developing children’s behavior and attitudes, little is known about their influences on children’ s learning of environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. This study investigated the influences of home- and preschool-related practices and factors on children’s declarative and functional knowledge of sustainability issues, and the extent to which eco-certified preschools promote beneficial practices. ‘Eco-certified preschools’ refers to schools that explicitly work with education for sustainability. Children (n=53), aged five to six years, and the directors (n=7) at six eco-certified and six non-eco-certified preschools were interviewed, while guardians (n=89) and teachers (n=74) filled out questionnaires. Children’s responses were categorized and classified using SOLO Taxonomy. Multivariate analyses were performed in SIMCA P + 14. The findings indicate a positive relationship between children’s declarative and functional knowledge of sustainability issues and the involvement of teachers and guardians in sustainability-related discussions and activities. Teachers’ verbal interaction with children about sustainability issues, and the perceived high value of these issues among teachers and directors seem to be more beneficial for children’s declarative knowledge than their functional knowledge. No statistically significant differences between eco- and non-eco-certified preschools in terms of children’s declarative and functional knowledge were found.

  • 2166.
    Borg, Farhana
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work. Umeå University.
    Winberg, Mikael
    Umeå University.
    Vinterek, Monika
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
    Preschool children’s knowledge about the environmental impact of various modes of transport2019In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, Vol. 189, no 3, p. 376-391Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explored Swedish preschool children's knowledge about the environmental impact of various transport modes, and investigated whether or not eco-certification has any role to play in relation to this knowledge. Additionally, this study examined children's perceived sources of knowledge. Using illustrations and semi-structured questions, 53 children, aged five to six years, from six eco-certified and six non-eco-certified preschools were interviewed. Qualitative and quantitative data were analysed using content analysis and Orthogonal Partial Least Squares Discriminant Analysis (OPLS-DA), respectively. Findings revealed that most of the children had acquired some knowledge about the environmental impact of various transport modes, although some children were not familiar with the word 'environment'. Although the complexity of children's justifications for the environmental impact of different modes of transport tended to be higher at eco-certified preschools compared to non-eco-certified preschools, no statistically significant differences were found. Parents were reported to be a major source of knowledge.

  • 2167.
    Borg, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Medical Science.
    Commentary on selection of assistive technology in a context with limited resources2019In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2168.
    Borg, Johan
    Lund universitet.
    The Participation Pyramid: a response to "Reconsideration ICF scheme" by Heerkens et al. 20172018In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 123-124Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 2169.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Bergman, Anna-Karin
    Ostergren, Per-Olof
    Is ‘legal empowerment of the poor’ relevant to people with disabilities in developing countries?: An empirical and normative review2013In: Global Health Action, ISSN 1654-9716, E-ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 1-15Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Legal empowerment of the poor is highly relevant to public health as it aims to relieve income poverty, a main determinant of health. The Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP) has proposed legal empowerment measures in the following four domains: access to justice and the rule of law, property, labor, and business rights. Despite being overrepresented among the poor, CLEP has not explicitly considered the situation of people with disabilities. Objectives: To examine the empirical evidence for the relevance of the CLEP legal empowerment measures to people with disabilities in low-and lower middle-income countries, and to evaluate the extent to which the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) addresses those measures. Methods: Critical literature review of empirical studies and a checklist assessment of the CRPD. Results: Fourteen included articles confirm that people with disabilities experience problems in the domains of access to justice and the rule of law, labor rights, and business rights. No texts on property rights were found. Evidence for the effectiveness of the proposed measures is insufficient. Overall, the CRPD fully or partially supports two-thirds of the proposed measures (seven out of nine measures for access to justice and the rule of law, none of the five measures for property rights, all seven measures for labor rights, and six out of nine measures for business rights). Conclusions: Although most of the domains of the CLEP legal empowerment measures are relevant to people with disabilities from both empirical and normative perspectives, it is uncertain whether the devised measures are of immediate relevance to them. Further research is warranted in this regard.

  • 2170.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Ekman, Björn Olof
    Östergren, Per-Olof
    Is centre-based provision of hearing aids better than community-based provision?: A cluster-randomized trial among adolescents in Bangladesh2018In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115, Vol. 13, no 6, p. 497-503Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: In response to the need for hearing aids in low-income countries, an approach to provide hearing aids through trained community workers was developed. This study compares the effectiveness of the community-based approach with that of a centre-based approach. Methods: One hundred and forty adolescents (56% girls; 12-18 years; mean: 15 years) from eleven sub-districts participated in a cluster-randomized trial comparing a community-based service (n = 75) with a centre-based service (n = 65) in Bangladesh. The International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids (IOI-HA) was administered to the participants six weeks after fitting of a hearing aid, and its scores were analyzed by Mann-Whitney U-tests and an ordinal regression model. Results: The community-based approach performed as well as the centre-based approach on five out of seven outcome measures. The latter approach performed statistically significantly better on Residual participation restrictions (p = .007) and Impact on others (p = .012), but the effect sizes were small. Controlling for sex, age, hearing loss, place of living and proxy responses did not change the results. Conclusions: The community-based approach is a viable and effective option for hearing aid delivery in low-resourced settings. The approach needs to be adapted to particular contexts, and possible down-sides may need to be counteracted by special interventions.

  • 2171.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    KTH.
    Lantz, Ann
    KTH.
    Gulliksen, Jan
    KTH.
    Accessibility to electronic communication for people with cognitive disabilities: a systematic search and review of empirical evidence2015In: Universal Access in the Information Society, ISSN 1615-5289, E-ISSN 1615-5297, Vol. 14, no 4, p. 547-562Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to identify and synthesize measures for accessibility to electronic communication for people with cognitive disabilities by seeking answers to the following research questions: What measures to make electronic communication accessible to people with cognitive disabilities are evaluated and reported in the scientific literature? What documented effects do these measures have? Empirical studies describing and assessing cognitive accessibility measures were identified by searches of 13 databases. Data were extracted and methodological quality was assessed. Findings were analyzed and recommendations for practice and research were made. Twenty-nine articles with considerable variations in studied accessibility measures, diagnoses, methods, outcome measures, and quality were included. They address the use of Internet, e-mail, telephone, chat, television, multimedia interfaces, texts and pictures, operation of equipment, and entering of information. Although thin, the current evidence base indicates that the accessibility needs, requirements, and preferences of people with cognitive disabilities are diverse. This ought to be reflected in accessibility guidelines and standards. Studies to systematically develop and recommend effective accessibility measures are needed to address current knowledge gaps.

  • 2172.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Larsson, Stig
    Assistive devices for people affected by leprosy: Underutilised facilitators of functioning?2009In: Leprosy Review, ISSN 0305-7518, E-ISSN 2162-8807, Vol. 80, no 1, p. 13-21Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives People affected by leprosy and their families face social and economic problems. The focus of interventions is often on prevention of disabilities and socioeconomic rehabilitation. The objective of this study was to explore to what extent the potential of assistive devices to facilitate activities and participation of people affected by leprosy has been utilised. Design Published literature was reviewed and the findings analysed. Results Considerable attention has been given to the protecting role of assistive devices. The focus of assistive devices facilitating functioning has been on mobility aspects of self-care and domestic life. Conclusions The findings indicate that the potential of assistive devices to facilitate activities and participation in life areas such as work and employment is still waiting to be utilised on a broad scale.

  • 2173.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Larsson, Stig
    Ostergren, Per-Olof
    The right to assistive technology: for whom, for what, and by whom?2011In: Disability & Society, ISSN 0968-7599, E-ISSN 1360-0508, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 151-167Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite its facilitating role in creating opportunities for people with disabilities to exercise human rights, access to assistive technology is limited in many countries. It is therefore promising that the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) addresses this area. The purpose of this study was to analyse the assistive technology content of the CRPD from a basic human rights perspective in order to clarify its limitations and opportunities for formulation of policies and implementation strategies. Data were collected through a content analysis of the CRPD. It is concluded that a non-discriminatory interpretation of the provisions entitles all people with disabilities to a right to demand available and affordable assistive technology. Ensuring this right is a national as well as an international responsibility.

  • 2174.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Larsson, Stig
    Ostergren, Per-Olof
    Eide, Arne H.
    The Friction Model - a dynamic model of functioning, disability and contextual factors and its conceptual and practical applicability2010In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 32, no 21, p. 1790-1797Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose. To develop a model of the dynamics of functioning, disability and contextual factors which harmonises with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Method. Model parts based on ICF were identified and a model drawing from engineering concepts was developed. The conceptual and practical applicability of the model was discussed. Results. The so called Friction Model was created, which incorporates the ICF entities capacity, performance, environmental factors, health condition, body functions and structures, and personal factors. Friction describes the interaction between a person and his or her environment. The coefficient of friction is defined as the ratio between capacity and performance. Conclusion. Carrying conceptual strengths and limitations, the Friction Model appears to offer opportunities for practical applications, including ICF-based alternatives to health-economic analyses. Harmonising with the ICF model and terminology, the model uses friction to describe the interaction between a person and the environment. The coefficient of friction can be used as a simple measure of how facilitating an environment is. The applicability is not limited to functioning of people with impairments.

  • 2175.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Larsson, Stig
    Ostergren, Per-Olof
    Rahman, A. S. M. Atiqur
    Bari, Nazmul
    Khan, A. H. M. Noman
    Assistive technology use and human rights enjoyment: a cross-sectional study in Bangladesh2012In: BMC International Health and Human Rights, ISSN 1472-698X, E-ISSN 1472-698X, Vol. 12, article id 18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: About half a billion people with disabilities in developing countries have limited access to assistive technology. The Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities requires governments to take measures to ensure provision of such technologies. To guide implementation of these measures there is a need for understanding health outcomes from a human rights perspective. The objective of this study was therefore to explore the relation between assistive technology use and enjoyment of human rights in a low-income country. Methods: Data was collected in eight districts of Bangladesh through interviews of people with hearing impairments using and not using hearings aids, and people with ambulatory impairments using and not using manual wheelchairs (N = 583). Using logistic regression, self-reported outcomes on standard of living, health, education, work, receiving information and movement were analyzed. Results: The adjusted likelihood of reporting greater enjoyment of human rights was significantly higher among people using hearing aids compared to non-users for all outcomes except working status. Compared to non-users, users of wheelchairs reported a significantly higher adjusted likelihood of good ambulatory performance and a significantly lower adjusted likelihood of reporting a positive working status. Further analyses indicated that physical accessibility to working places and duration of wheelchair use had a statistically significant impact on the likelihood of reporting positive work outcomes. Conclusions: The findings support the notion that assistive technology use increases the likelihood of human rights enjoyment, particularly hearing aid use. Physical accessibility should always be addressed in wheelchair provision.

  • 2176.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Larsson, Stig
    Östergren, Per-Olof
    Rahman, A. S. M. Atiqur
    Bari, Nazmul
    Khan, A. H. M. Noman
    User involvement in service delivery predicts outcomes of assistive technology use: A cross-sectional study in Bangladesh2012In: BMC Health Services Research, ISSN 1472-6963, E-ISSN 1472-6963, Vol. 12, article id 330Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Knowledge about the relation between user involvement in the provision of assistive technology and outcomes of assistive technology use is a prerequisite for the development of efficient service delivery strategies. However, current knowledge is limited, particularly from low-income countries where affordability is an issue. The objective was therefore to explore the relation between outcomes of assistive technology use and user involvement in the service delivery process in Bangladesh. Methods: Using structured interviews, data from 136 users of hearing aids and 149 users of manual wheelchairs were collected. Outcomes were measured using the International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids (IOI-HA), which was adapted for wheelchair users. Predictors of user involvement included preference, measurement and training. Results: Users reported outcomes comparable to those found in other high- and low-income countries. User involvement increased the likelihood for reporting better outcomes except for measurement among hearing aid users. Conclusions: The findings support the provision of assistive technology as a strategy to improve the participation of people with disabilities in society. They also support current policies and guidelines for user-involvement in the service delivery process. Simplified strategies for provision of hearing aids may be explored.

  • 2177.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Lindstroem, Anna
    Larsson, Stig
    Assistive technology in developing countries: national and international responsibilities to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities2009In: The Lancet, ISSN 0140-6736, E-ISSN 1474-547X, Vol. 374, no 9704, p. 1863-1865Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2178.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Lindstrom, Anna
    Larsson, Stig
    Assistive technology in developing countries: a review from the perspective of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities2011In: Prosthetics and orthotics international, ISSN 0309-3646, E-ISSN 1746-1553, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 20-29Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (CRPD) requires governments to meet the assistive technology needs of citizens. However, the access to assistive technology in developing countries is severely limited, which is aggravated by a lack of related services. Objectives: To summarize current knowledge on assistive technology for low- and lower-middle-income countries published in 1995 or later, and to provide recommendations that facilitate implementation of the CRPD. Study design: Literature review. Methods: Literature was searched in web-based databases and reference lists. Studies carried out in low- and lower-middle-income countries, or addressing assistive technology for such countries, were included. Results: The 52 included articles are dominated by product oriented research on leg prostheses and manual wheelchairs. Less has been published on hearing aids and virtually nothing on the broad range of other types of assistive technology. Conclusions: To support effective implementation of the CRPD in these countries, there is a need for actions and research related particularly to policies, service delivery, outcomes and international cooperation, but also to product development and production.

  • 2179.
    Borg, Johan
    et al.
    Lunds universitet.
    Ostergren, Per-Olof
    Users’ perspectives on the provision of assistive technologies in Bangladesh: awareness, providers, costs and barriers2015In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115, Vol. 10, no 4, p. 301-308Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The purpose of this work was to contribute to a better understanding of challenges and solutions to equitable provision of assistive technologies in resource limited environments by (i) describing sources of awareness, types of providers and costs of assistive technologies; (ii) describing common reasons for not possessing assistive technologies; and (iii) comparing these sources, providers, costs and reasons among younger and older men and women living in urban and rural settings. Methods: Descriptive and analytic statistics were used to analyze crosssectional data from a total sample of 581 hearing aid users, wheelchair users, individuals with hearing impairments not using hearing aids and individuals with ambulatory impairments not using wheelchairs living in eight districts of Bangladesh. Results: Major sources of awareness, types of providers and costs paid varied between users of different types of assistive technology. Lack of affordability was the main reason for not possessing assistive technology. Outcome differences were found between younger and older groups, men and women, and literate and illiterate respondents, while no differences related to place of living were identified. Conclusions: Age, gender, type of impairment and socioeconomic status need to be considered when planning and implementing equitable provision of assistive technologies.

  • 2180.
    Borg, Richard
    Dalarna University, Not School affiliated.
    Digerdöden i Skeby socken [Biblioteket testar avhandlingsfunktioner]: Vittnesmål från överlevande2025Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    There were different forms of the Black Death, and they were spread in different ways, though they were caused by the same organism. The Bubonic Plague was a form carried by such animals as rats and the fleas that lived on them, both of which exhibited symptoms of the disease. When a flea bit an infected rat, it would get sick; subsequently, if it bit another rat or a human being, it would vomit as it bit, infecting that animal or person. 

  • 2181.
    Borg, Sixten
    et al.
    Lund University, Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö, Health Economics Unit, Medicon Village, SE-223 81 Lund, Sweden.
    Eeg-Olofsson, Katarina
    University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Medicine, SE-413 46 Gothenburg, Sweden and Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Palaszewski, Bo
    Region Västra Götaland, Department of Data Management and Analysis, SE-405 44 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Svedbo Engström, Maria
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Medicine, SE-413 46 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Gerdtham, Ulf-G
    Lund University, Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö, Health Economics Unit, Medicon Village, SE-223 81 Lund, Sweden; The Swedish Institute for Health Economics (IHE), Box 2127, SE-220 02 Lund, Sweden; Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Box 7082, SE-220 07 Lund, Sweden.
    Gudbjörnsdottir, Soffia
    University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Medicine, SE-413 46 Gothenburg, Sweden and Centre of Registers Västra Götaland, SE-413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Patient-reported outcome and experience measures for diabetes: development of scale models, differences between patient groups and relationships with cardiovascular and diabetes complication risk factors, in a combined registry and survey study in Sweden2018In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 9, no 1, article id e025033Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose The Swedish National Diabetes Register (NDR) has developed a diabetes-specific questionnaire to collect information on individuals' management of their diabetes, collaboration with healthcare providers and the disease’s impact on daily life. Our main objective was to develop measures of well-being, abilities to manage diabetes and judgements of diabetes care, and to detect and quantify differences using the NDR questionnaire.

    Design, setting and participants The questionnaire was analysed with using responses from 3689 participants with type 1 and 2 diabetes, randomly sampled from the NDR population, combined with register data on patient characteristics and cardiovascular and diabetes complication risk factors.

    Methods We used item response theory to develop scales for measuring well-being, abilities to manage diabetes and judgements of diabetes care (scores). Test–retest reliability on the scale level was analysed with intraclass correlation. Associations between scores and risk factor levels were investigated with subgroup analyses and correlations.

    Results We obtained scales with satisfactory measurement properties, covering patient reported outcome measures such as general well-being and being free of worries, and patient reported experience measure, for example, access and continuity in diabetes care. All scales had acceptable test–retest reliability and could detect differences between diabetes types, age, gender and treatment subgroups. In several aspects, for example, freedom of worries, type 1 patients report lower than type 2, and younger patients lower than older. Associations were found between some scores and glycated haemoglobin, but none with systolic blood pressure or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Clinicians report positive experience of using scores, visually presented, in the patient dialogue.

    Conclusions The questionnaire measures and detects differences in patient well-being, abilities and judgements of diabetes care, and identifies areas for improvement. To further improve diabetes care, we conclude that patient-reported measures are important supplements to cardiovascular and diabetes complication risk factors, reflecting patient experiences of living with diabetes and diabetes care.

  • 2182.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Fransson, Urban
    Institutet för byggforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Tollefsen, Aina
    Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Att flytta till glesbygden1993Report (Other academic)
  • 2183.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Population and Housing Dynamics in a Metropolitan Region: The case of Stockholm1998Report (Other academic)
  • 2184.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Population Concentration and Dispersion in Sweden since the 1970s1997In: Population planning and policies / [ed] Borgegård, L-E., Findlay, A.M., Sondell, E., Umeå: Umeå Universitet , 1997Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2185.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Spridning och koncentration av befolkningen i Sveriges kommuner 1973-19921995In: Då, Nu och sedan: Geografiska uppsatser till minnet av Ingvar Jonsson / [ed] Ian Layton, Umeå: Umeå Universitet , 1995, p. 127-141Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2186.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Where is Sweden multi-Ethnic?: The geographical distribution of immigrants on municipality level 1960-19951998In: International conference  Housing in transition, Piran, Slovenia, Conference proceedings, 1998, p. 476-491Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2187.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Malmberg, Gunnar
    Umeå universitet, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Population redistribution in Sweden: long term trends and contemporary tendencies1995In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, E-ISSN 1468-0467, Vol. 77, no 1, p. 31-45Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2188.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Müller, Dieter
    Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Concentration and Dispersion of Immigrants in Sweden, 1973-19921998In: The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, ISSN 0008-3658, E-ISSN 1541-0064, Vol. 44, no 1, p. 28-39Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2189.
    Borgegård, Lars-Erik
    et al.
    Institutet för bostadsforskning (IBF).
    Håkansson, Johan
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
    Müller, Dieter
    Umeå universitet, Kulturgeografiska institutionen.
    Hur förändras bosättningsmönstret när invandrarna blir fler?1995In: Invandrare & Minoriteter, no 5, p. 29-33Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 2190.
    Borglund, Erik AM
    et al.
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för informationsteknologi och medier.
    Anderson, Karen
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för informationsteknologi och medier.
    Sirkemaa, Seppo
    Turku School of Economics, Pori.
    Wahlberg, Olof
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskap.
    Sandberg, Karl W
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för informationsteknologi och medier.
    Business values of electronic records management in SMEs2009In: Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation, Academic Conferences Limited , 2009, p. 51-58Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Electronic records management in Small and Medium Enterprises is a relatively new research area. It is difficult to find much on the SME and electronic record management in academic databases. In public organizations and in large enterprises the management of electronic records is now acknowledged as important for business support. Efficient records management is e.g. necessary for fulfilling requirements found in various legislation such as e.g. the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The requirements for documentation in the ISO 9000, and the ISO 14000 series can be fulfilled if standards for records management are used.

    This paper aims to contribute further knowledge on the quality of records management in SMEs. The following research question has guided this research: How well do SMEs meet minimum ISO 15489 requirements for records management?

    The research has been carried out within a EU funded research program, where 4 SMEs from both Sweden and Finland have been studied using a qualitative research approach. The data have been collected from four SMEs through interviews. The analytical lens used in this research has been the international standard for Information and Documentation - Record Management: ISO 15489.

    The results show that electronic records are managed in a rather ad-hoc manner and that management is very dependent upon individuals, many of whom have little, if any, expertise or training in this area and no access to expert advice. One of the identified business values of well-managed electronic records is that the SME gains the opportunity to manage and benefit from their explicit knowledge and experience.

    This research shows that there are major obstacles to overcome before SMEs are able to fully adopt best practice in electronic records management. Many of these hindrances have their roots in a lack of appropriate strategies for records appraisal and that the SMEs have not followed the steps recommended in the ISO 15489 standard.

     

  • 2191.
    Borgstrand Blixt, Malin
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Wiklund, Sofia
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Business Administration and Management.
    Redovisning i ideella idrottsföreningar: Hur ser de ekonomiansvariga på sitt arbete?2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Swedish sports movement has developed from sporting among common folks and amateurs to a more commercial and professional movement. The work of improving nonprofit accounting has been focused on since there are rising concerns about the quality of the accounting. The purpose of this study is to investigate how the bookkeepers experience working with the accounting, and on this basis, discuss possible causes as to why non-profit sports organizations’ accounting varies in quality. The study has been conducted through eight qualitative interviews. The participants were six representatives from non-profit sports organizations and two representatives of a District Federation from the Swedish Sport Confederation. Our study indicates that the bookkeepers find the accounting time consuming. This could be a sign that the scope of this kind of accounting has grown. This growth might further affect the quality of the accounting due to an increasing lack of time, which in turn could possibly lead to the accounting produced by a non-profit sports association not fulfilling the qualitative characteristics.

  • 2192. Borgström, Henrik
    et al.
    Harlin, Peter
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Material Science.
    Olsson, Mikael
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Material Science.
    Paiar, Tomaso
    Wang, Yu
    Nyborg, Lars
    Possibilities and constraints of implementing starch consolidated high speed steel in prototyping2008In: Materials Science & Engineering: A, ISSN 0921-5093, E-ISSN 1873-4936, Vol. 475, no 1-2, p. 34-38Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the starch consolidation (SC) process, a water-based slurry containing powder, starch, dispersant and thickener is used to fabricate near net-shape green bodies that are de-binded and further consolidated by sintering. In this study, gas atomized M3/2 as well as high and low carbon V-rich M4 type high speed steel powder (<150 mu m) are considered, Both material types undergo high volumetric shrinkage during super-solidus liquid phase sintering enabling them to reach near full density. The analyses and the review cover different process aspects like: recipe optimisation, post-gelatinization drying, de-binding and sintering. A SC recipe consisting of 58 vol.% powder, 3 vol.% starch, 1 vol.% dispersant and a thickener solution resulted in a density of >98% than what is theoretically stated after sintering. It is found that the success of the post-gelatinization drying procedure depends on the smoothness of mould material and controlling powder oxidation. The best combination was freeze drying the slurry in a silicon rubber mould. For V-rich alloys a total or partial control of eutectic carbides in the final microstructure could be realized for vacuum and nitrogen sintering atmospheres, respectively.

  • 2193. Borgström, Henrik
    et al.
    Paiar, T
    Harlin, Peter
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Material Science.
    Nyborg, Lars
    Super-solidus Liquid Phase Sintering of Starch Consolidated M4 High Speed Steel Powder2005In: EPMA 2005, Prague, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2194. Borgström Maathz, Jenny
    Läsförståelse i grundskolans tidigare år: Hur sex grundskollärare tänker och arbetar kring läsförståelse2014Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna studie är att få inblick i hur några lärare i grundskolans låg- och mellanstadium arbetar med läsförståelse i sin undervisning och vilka faktorer som utvecklar elevens läsförståelse samt om lärarna använder sig av någon eller några forskningsbaserade undervisningsmetoder. För att kunna få svar på mitt syfte och frågeställningar har jag intervjuat sex lärare som arbetar på skolor i samma kommun. Lärarna har olika bakgrund och erfarenhet samt de undervisar på olika stadium.

    De grundskollärare som medverkat i mina kvalitativa intervjuer är efter överenskommelse helt anonyma. Under intervjuerna har mina informanter fått prata fritt utifrån en färdig frågeguide som de fått tagit del av innan intervjun, för att kunna reflektera över frågorna innan och förbereda sina svar. Frågeguidens upplägg är av öppen karaktär och frågorna är inte beroende av varandra i vilken ordning de ställs.

    Studien visar att det finns en enorm kompetens och kapacitet bland de lärare jag intervjuat och en vilja och medvetenhet att göra ett bra arbete i sin undervisning. Lärarna har alltid läsförståelsen med i undervisningen oberoende vilket ämne de undervisar i. När det gäller forskningsbaserade undervisningsmetoder var inte kunskapen kring detta lika stor hos lärarna men alla undervisar utifrån beprövad erfarenhet.

  • 2195.
    Borgström, Maritza
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Föräldrars erfarenhet av behandling med Minifom och Semper magdroppar vid kolik: en kvantitativ, deskriptiv studie2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Colic affects at least 10% of newborns and parents seek help. The aim was to present why infants whose parents sought help for colic, where not included in two trials studying the effect of acupuncture in infantile colic and to describe the use of simethicone and probiotics amongst those infants that according to a diary still fulfilled the criteria for infantile colic after a baseline week with cows milk free diet.

    Method: A quantitative, descriptive sub-study based on unpublished data, collected in two RCTs, examining the effect of acupuncture in 228 infants with colic. Screening lists and background data from a questionnaire answered by the infant’s parents was analyzed.

    Results: 636 infants were screened for participation in the two trials. Of these, 389 were not included as they according to the diary cried < 3 hours per day and thereby did not fulfill the criteria for colic. Either parents had overestimated the crying or infants reduced symptoms of colic when introducing a cow’s milk free diet. Almost every included infant in the first trial (2010) and 76% in the second (2015) had been treated with simethicone but only 2,7 % and 5,4% of the parents reported effect. The use of probiotics increased from 14,8% to 86,3% in the second trial. Zero and 3,2% respectively reported effect. There was a significant association between treatment with simethicone and having more than one child, having earlier experience from colic in the family and having a normal delivery. Treatment with probiotics was associated with higher frequency of complications during pregnancy, exclusive breastfeeding, food allergies and/or intolerances in the infant’s family and having less problems with eczema and skin rashes.

    Conclusion: The use of a diary is valuable to assess the infants crying and can help nurses to adapt their advice and support to these families. Excluding cows milk protein helped many infants with excessive crying. Most parents had tried simethicone and probiotics without experiencing effect.

  • 2196. Bornberger-Dankvardt, Sten
    et al.
    Ohlson, Carl-Göran
    Andersson, Ing-Marie
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Rosén, Gunnar
    Arbetsmiljöarbete i småföretag: samlad kunskap samt behov av forskning och utvecklingsinsatser2005Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Föreliggande rapport behandlar specifikt behov av och möjligheter för arbetsmiljöarbete i småföretag och är ett delarbete i tema SMARTA. SMARTA – strategier, metoder och arbetssätt för fungerande arbetsmiljöarbete – ingår i Arbetslivsinstitutets temaverksamhet. SMARTA ska bidra till ett hållbart arbetsliv på arbetsplatser där arbetsmiljöarbetet ses som en resurs för både arbetsplatsen och individen. För arbetsplatsen kan det handla om konkurrenskraft, lönsamhet samt attraktivitet och för individen om hälsa, välbefinnande, kreativitet och förnyelseförmåga. SMARTA tar ett helhetsperspektiv på arbetsmiljöarbete inom olika regioner och branscher. Temat sammanställer inledningsvis kunskapsläget och ger exempel på hur arbetsmiljöarbete kan bedrivas och vidareutvecklas. Ambitionen för FoU-projekt i tema SMARTA är att besvara frågor som: • Hur bör arbetsmiljöarbete integreras i organisationers kärnverksamhet? • Hur bör arbetsmiljöarbete bedrivas? • Hur bör interna och externa aktörer agera för att få till stånd ett hållbart och fungerande arbetsmiljöarbete? Rapporten vänder sig till praktiker och forskare som är intresserade av att få en översiktsbild över arbetsmiljösituationen i småföretag och förutsättningar som krävs för fungerande arbetsmiljöarbete.

  • 2197.
    Bornehag, Hanna
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Eriksson, Victoria
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Upplevelser hos personer med typ 2 diabetes avseendehälsofrämjande åtgärder: En litteraturöversikt2018Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Type 2 diabetes increases globally, mainly due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Through health promotion interventions type 2 diabetes can be prevented and avoided.Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the experiences of persons with type 2 diabetes with respect to health promotion.Method: This study was a literature review based on 15 scientific articles within current subjects. Selected articles were reviewed and summarized in the categories Experiences about health promotion and Experiences regarding advice about health promotion.Result: Persons with type 2 diabetes experienced difficulties in changing their dietary habits and phyiscal activity habits. Knowledge of health promotion measures existed, however, they lacked the motivation and knowledge about how to achieve them. Advice and support from healthcare professionals, related parties and group education was an important factor in the implementation of health promotion measures.Conclusion: Persons with type 2 diabetes need support from different parties in order to implement health promotion measures. Changing their dietary and physical activity habits has sometimes been perceived as difficult. With support from health care, close relatives and group training, strategies for health-enhancing changes can be created. By meeting people in the same situation, people with type 2 diabetes can get a positive exchange of knowledge.

  • 2198.
    Bornhäll, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics. Örebro universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Örebro Universitet.
    Unseen job creators and firm growth barriers: the role of capital constraints and seniority rules2017Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The topic of this thesis is to provide a deeper understanding of how the institutional framework affects firms’ hiring decisions.

    The first article focuses on a group of firms, called sleeping gazelles, that do not grow despite having high profits. Sleeping gazelles constitute a much larger share of the firm population than that of high-growth firms. If it is growth barriers that are hindering these firms from hiring more employees, many new jobs could be created if these barriers were removed. To investigate the effects of one of the suggested growth barriers in the literature, the second article, focuses on whether small-firm growth is hampered by lack of capital. Using survey data from business owners matched with register data, we find that firms may face a capital constraint paradox, whereby the supply of external capital might be sufficient, but firm owners might refrain from accessing it due to fear of losing control of their companies. The third article investigates whether employment protection acts as a growth barrier in Sweden. Using a reform of the Swedish last-in-first-out (LIFO) rule, we estimate the causal effects from a liberalization of the employment protection. We find that firm growth increased because of the reform and that a more expansive reform could provide new job opportunities and increase overall employment. The LIFO rule was introduced to protect older workers. The fourth article investigates whether the reform weakened the labor market position of these workers. It is found that more young individuals who were unemployed or previously not in the workforce were hired as a consequence of the reform, showing that the reform lowered youth unemployment. There is no indication of older workers leaving the workforce or becoming unemployed to any greater extent after the reform. The fifth article show that the positive effects of the reform were limited to native workers, with no effects on the labor market position of immigrants. The effects depend on the relative insider-status of employees, so that groups of employees who are closer to being insiders benefit more from less-strict employment protection legislation than groups that are further from being insiders.

  • 2199.
    Bornhäll, Anders
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics. Örebro University.
    Unseen Job Creators and Seniority Rules: Two essays on firm growth barriers2014Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 2200.
    Bornhäll, Anders
    et al.
    Örebro universitet; HUI Research .
    Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics. HUI Research .
    Mihaescu, Oana
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography. HUI Research.
    Rudholm, Niklas
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics. HUI Research.
    Osynliga jobbskapare: En tillväxtpotential för svensk detaljhandel?2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den stora merparten av alla detaljhandelsföretag karakteriseras av ingen eller en marginell tillväxt av antalet anställda. Dessa företag betraktas ofta som en homogen grupp bestående av företag med inga tillväxtambitioner och som näringspolitiken inte bör inriktas gentemot. I denna rapport visar vi dock att de företag som inte växer i själva verket är mycket heterogena. Mer än tio procent av alla detaljhandelsföretag som inte växer under en treårsperiod kännetecknas av en relativt hög lönsamhet. Dessa företag kallar vi för de sovande gasellerna eftersom tidigare studier har visat att hög lönsamhet är en viktig faktor för en långsiktigt hållbar framtida tillväxt av antalet anställda. Andelen sovande gaseller inom detaljhandeln är cirka 1,5 till 2,35 procentenheter fler än i ekonomin som helhet. Hälften av dessa detaljhandelsföretag kommer inte heller att öka antalet anställda i kommande perioder, trots att de fortsätter att ha en hög lönsamhet eller en lönsamhet i paritet med det genomsnittliga företaget. Detta visar att det finns en dold tillväxtpotential inom detaljhandeln i Sverige som inte har realiserat. Resultaten från studien visar också att de sovande gasellerna inom detaljhandeln inte är slumpmässigt dragna ur företagspopulationen, utan att det framförallt är små företag som väljer att inte expandera verksamheten mellan två treårsperioder. De sovande gasellerna är inte heller slumpmässigt fördelade geografiskt i Sverige. De kommuner som har en hög andel sovande gaseller inom detaljhandeln under en tidsperiod tenderar att även ha det i kommande tidsperioder, vilket indikerar att det finns geografiska förklaringar till varför vissa företag inte växer trots att de har en god lönsamhet. Avsaknaden av tillväxt hos dessa företag kan antingen förklaras av att de inte har några tillväxtambitioner, oavsett villkoren för företagande; alternativt att de vill växa, men inte under rådande förutsättningar. Om den senare förklaringen är giltig kan reformer som minskar tillväxtbarriärer för detaljhandelsföretagen generera många nya arbetstillfällen.

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