Topics for targeted research funding under Section 12 of the KKRL Act

2020 application round

  1. The market for services and rehabilitation eligible for reimbursement under National Health Insurance
    Private providers of taxi services, medical care, prescription medicines and rehabilitation services eligible for reimbursement under National Health Insurance There have been changes in this market both as a result of legislative amendments and the consolidation of the market. We have a need for research that focuses on the operations of the providers, the functioning of the market and of competition, the regional availability of services, and the public procurement process. Priority is given to empirical studies with current relevance.
  2. Comparison of insurance physician arrangements in different countries
    The study will be conducted in collaboration with Kela
  3. The Current Care Guidelines released in autumn 2019 concerning sick listing and their impact on doctors’ awareness of the principles governing sick listing, on doctors’ attitudes and on sick listing practices.
  4. Evaluation of the efficacy of Kiila rehabilitation
    Kela provides access to Kiila rehabilitation for gainfully employed persons. The purpose of the rehabilitation is to support their work capacity. We are looking for researcher(s) to carry out an evaluation of the efficacy of Kiila rehabilitation. Applicants are expected to draw up a preliminary research plan, which will be developed further in collaboration with Kela once a decision on funding has been issued.
  5. Evaluation of the efficacy of inpatient Tules rehabilitation courses
    Kela offers access to rehabilitation courses for persons with musculoskeletal disorders. We are looking for researcher(s) to carry out an evaluation of the efficacy of Tules musculoskeletal rehabilitation courses. Applicants are expected to draw up a preliminary research plan, which will be developed further in collaboration with Kela once a decision on funding has been issued.
  6. Intensive medical rehabilitation, rehabilitation for persons with developmental disabilities
    The purpose of the research is to discover
  • how the parents of children or adolescents with developmental disabilities perceive their own role in moving forward their child’s rehabilitation process and whether they are involved in setting goals for the rehabilitation
  • to what extent the parents’ participation in their child’s therapy sessions is motivated by a desire to implement the guidance provided by the therapist
  • how the therapists guide parents and others close to the client towards actions that support the goals of the rehabilitation
  • what added value the therapy and guidance offer for the activity practised by the child or adolescent in a day care or school setting, and what are circumstances in which that occurs
  • how the rehabilitation services and process serve to facilitate the child's or adolescent’s active and planned performance of and participation in activities of daily living (ICF)
  • how effective the rehabilitation provided to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities is in terms of their active and planned performance of and participation in activities of daily living (ICF), taking into account the degree of disability
  • how the rehabilitation plans drawn up by special welfare districts describe the child’s or adolescent’s performance of and participation in daily activities and how it expands on the goals which the rehabilitation is intended to achieve
  • how cooperation between families, early childhood education, school and the organisation or professional responsible for planning and providing the therapy is reflected in the rehabilitation plan.

The focus of the research must be on multisectoral cooperation for example with healthcare providers and education authorities. Applicants are expected to draw up a preliminary research plan, which will be developed further in collaboration with Kela once a decision on funding has been issued.

Funding may be available also for studies outside the topics for targeted funding

Research funding may also be available for studies that promote the objectives specified in section 12 of the KKRL Act.