Background and activities

Professor Gørill Haugan is part of NTNU Center for health promotion research, the research group on Aging and Older Adults' Health, as well as Global Health; Haugan is supervising students (MA and PhD) conducting research in Uganda and Nepal. 

She is widely published in the field of health promotion among nursing home patients, adolescents and postnatal women. In particular, she has investigated the influence of nurse-patient interaction, self-transcendence, meaning-in-life and spirituality on nursing home residents’ well-being and quality of life. In collaboration with Warsaw Medical University, Haugan has been part of a study on active aging in Poland. Currently, she is leading a research project on joy-of-life in Norwegian nursing homes. 

Haugan is supervising a number of PhD-projects focusing on differing aspects of nursing home care, as well as pedagogical research on students' clinical studies in nursing homes. 

She is also supervising a research project exploring inner strength and willpower as salutogenic resources among long-term intensive care patients, as well as a study on pedagogichal methods based in student activity in nursing education. 

Her research orientation includes qualitative and quantitative methods. Specifically, her research has contributed to the validation and investigation of the psychometric properties of a number of scales central to nursing, health and well-being, as well as to the development of new scales measuring nurse-patient interaction and joy-of-life in nursing home patients, and relational continuity in the antenatal care. 

Furthermore, she is the main editor of a scientific anthology on Health Promotion in Health Care published by Springer Publisher (Haugan & Eriksson, 2021), and two Norwegian scientific anthologies on health promotion in the municipal health services and the hospital health services (Haugan & Rannestad 2014, 2016).   

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database