The research produced at Iscte in the field of health is framed within a Societal Health approach which emphasizes citizens' perspectives on health and disease. We have contributed to public policies, notably by working with key actors to include in the health agenda the specific needs and rights of vulnerable populations (for example, the elderly, immigrants, LGBT). The collaborative approach is present in both user involvement and interdisciplinary openness, such as intelligent solutions (in the functioning of health services, in physiotherapy or in ambient assisted living). We intend to go further and, by promoting interdisciplinarity and involving all stakeholders, apply data science to health problems, not only optimising health services from a patient-centred perspective, but also producing information to monitor public health policies.

About 20% of Iscte's scientific production is dedicated to health. This is a body of research with considerable diversity, but mostly compatible with the concept of Societal Health. The projects, publications, theses, and dissertations developed at Iscte include determinants of different levels, ranging from individual and group factors to community determinants, public policies, and environmental aspects. Areas such as Health Care Management, Sociology of Health, Public Health Policies, Psychology of Health or Health Technologies have been growing, involving a relevant number of projects and researchers.

In this context, the Iscte_Health creates an interdisciplinary space of health research, where researchers from different disciplinary areas meet. A routine of meetings and discussion explores the research links between various areas. The promoted actions are implemented in three groups of actions:

- Interdisciplinary research projects (Pi2)

- Ideas and Interventions Laboratory on Health (Labi2)

- Regular Meetings on research other interests (Reuni2)

Some health research projects developed at Iscte:

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1. INNOVEC’EAU, SUDOE - Analyzes citizens' perception of pharmaceutical products in the waters ( ;

2. QUASER – design and disseminate an evidence-based guide for hospitals to provide high quality care (;

3. HEALTHDOX – Current political determinants and policy consequences of post-1989 European health reforms (;

4. INHERIT H2020: Project on inequalities and health, social and economic factors affecting health and well-being (;

5. MYWEB - Assess the feasibility of implementing a European Longitudinal Study for Children and Young People (ELSCYP) on the topic of well-being (;

6. SOS PAIN - Project that explores how social class can influence pain assessment and treatment. (;

7. SIforAGE – Social Innovation for Active and Healthy (Ageing;;

8. Seeyourage (with SCML) – Intergenerational mindfulness project to fight idadism in elderly people and children (

9. Participative Prevention of Psychosocial Emergent Risks in SMEs - Preventive actions towards Emergent Psychosocial Risks that SMEs are facing, cross industry and cross sector (

10. Tecconhecimento: Involvement of elderly people with technologies - project in partnership with SCML (

11. Health Literacy Library: The Health Literacy Library aims to promote access to health information, making people more autonomous in relation to their health and the health of those around them; an initiative of the Ministries of Health (

12. The Health Literacy in Portugal project was an initiative of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Innovative Health Program. The survey on Health Literacy in Portugal (ILS-PT) was developed and applied by a team from CIES-IUL (ISCTEIUL) and aimed to understand the levels of health literacy in Portugal, identify the main limitations, problems, and barriers in this field in Portuguese society, and, of course, guide actions towards its improvement. (

13. Health Literacy and Social Cohesion in Migrant Populations Project: Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases. The initiative of an ENSP-NOVA research team aims, through innovative approaches, to

respond to an important Public Health challenge, such as the priority health needs of populations in greatest social disadvantage and marginalized. (

14. Covid Check - Clarify the main issues of the Portuguese about the pandemic of Covid-19 (

15. DeStress Developing Competences for Stress Resilience (

16. WELLy - Introducing the job profile of a Manager for Work Well-being to prevent and combat work related stress (

17. AAL4ALL – Ambient Assisted Living for All (

18. TAILORPHY - Intelligent sensors and environments adapted for physiotherapy (

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