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Research Centre for Habilitation and Rehabilitation Models & Services.

CHARM was established in 2011 and is funded by the Norwegian Research Council to strengthen research in rehabilitation services.

Centre director Professor Marit Kirkevold (right) and Executive chairperson Professor Cecilie Røe (left).

Photo: Siv Tonje Håkensen

About the group

The vision is to build a strong competency platform in habilitation and rehabilitation services that can provide high quality research across different levels of health care services and other societal institutions while incorporating user perspectives.


CHARM represents a national network that is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and effectiveness in user collaboration. Part of the activities in CHARM will serve to identify the key challenges facing rehabilitation services today in terms of capacity, quality, continuity and predictability. Furthermore, the innovative models to meet these challenges will be developed in collaboration with international research community.


  • Improve the quality of (re)habilitation services research by evaluating services and using innovative approaches aimed at improving cooperation between service users/clients, service providers and the community.
  • Facilitate research collaboration with service users, and develop knowledge of the premises and effects of such collaboration in (re)habilitation research.
  • Increase research capacity in (re)habilitation services research in the primary care sector, between service levels/sectors and across professional and administrative borders.
  • Build a resource base for effective models within the field of (re)habilitation and contribute to the implementation of innovative models.

Research activities:

  • Conduct multi-disciplinary and trans-sectorial research with focus on the organization of (re)habilitation services, processes of service delivery and outcomes of delivered services for people with disabilities.
  • Conduct (re)habilitation services research with the involvement of patients, their families and patient associations and develop models to improve the quality of care as well as evaluate patient involvement in (re)habilitation services research
  • Educate a new generation of innovative researchers committed to (re)habilitation services Research and promote the career development of research staff.
  • Contribute to the operation and academic activity of the Graduate-level Research School of Municipal Healthcare Services (MUNI-HEALTH-CARE).
  • Arrange national seminars and international conferences, including stakeholder Conferences, within the field of (re)habilitation services research
  • Maintain a website to communicate research activities, research findings and other relevant information to different stakeholders (researchers, users, health care professionals, politicians among others).
  • A newsletter will be released 3 times a year.


Published Aug. 18, 2011 10:38 AM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2020 10:10 AM