Anna Jervaeus

Assistant professor

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About me

I am a registered nurse since 2003 and I have mainly been working with cancer care in different contexts.

I have a master in Medical Science with a major in Global Health from Karolinska Institutet 2010.

In 2010 I started my research education at Karolinska Institutet and in May 2014 I defended my thesis. The focus for my thesis was on health-related quality of life, independence and sexuality and both quantitative and qualitative methods were used.

From August 2014 I work as associate senior lecturer at the Division of Nursing and I´m also involved in several research activities and belong to the Wengström group https://ki.se/nvs/wengstrom-group and to the project group https://ki.se/en/nvs/global-health-nursing-and-sustainable-development at the Division of Nursing.

Besides that, during 2016 and 2017 I have worked as coordinator for the programme for doctoral education in health care science (PUF-V). The programme provides a range of learning activities for doctoral students within the specific research theme of health care science and also offers opportunities for networking. 

2021- Associate programme director for the Study programmes in specialist nursing responsible for the ongoing work at the different programmes. The programme director (PD) has, upon delegation from the Head of Department or the Committee for Higher Education, an overall responsibility for the ongoing work on the programmes https://medarbetare.ki.se/programdirektorer.

Research description

Titel of thesis: Being young with a cancer experience- Health-related quality of life with sepcial focus on independence and sexuality.

One of the research projects I´m involved in (Screening for colorectal cancer- participant experiences in a cross-cultural perspective) aims at exploring how individuals reason when deciding to participate or not in a screening program and if gender, psychological and cultural aspects impact on the decision-making process. The project include both qualitative and quantitative methods. The project is part of the larger SCREESCO study (Screening of Swedish Colons). My responsibilities mainly concerns analyses of quantitative data from several questionnaires regarding shared decision-making, health literacy and anxiety. I am co-supervisor for one PhD-student working in the project. The project will continue and we are planning for that at the moment..

Another research project I work with is OptiTrain. This randomised controlled trial compares the effect of different physical exercise regimens on the physical and mental well-being in women with breast cancer during and after chemo- and hormonal therapy. The women have been randomly allocated into three arms, a control arm with usual care and two different training arms. This study will contribute to increased knowledge about the type, intensity and frequency of training that patients with breast cancer benefit most from with regards to impact on physical and mental well-being. Above all, the study will increase the possibility for evidence-based exercise recommendations for women with breast cancer during and after active treatment. At the moment the 5- year follow up is being performed. A sub study of the OptiTrain is CogniTrain with the aim to investigate cognitive function in breast cancer survivors and data collection is being performed at the moment. We will also collect reference data from the general population.

I have also been involved in a collaborative project with researchers from the Neatherlands. The aim was to provide insight in the acceptability of personalised risk-based breast cancer screening and primary prevention approaches for Swedish women. We have performed literature reviews and focus group discussions with women and the results have been published. 

I recently engaged in a new collaboration were we analyze interviews from patients, suffering from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH), and there family members. Research in this area is lacking and the aim is therefore to explore the recovery and the need for support during the first year after a aSAH. At the moment we are analyzing the interviews.

Please see below for my publication list.


Teaching portfolio

Supervision and examination of bachelor and master theses. (2014- ongoing)

Clinical teaching, seminars and examinations. (2014-2017)

Course coordinator for the course Cancer nursing (bachelor level) 7.5 credits (2015-2017)

Examiner for the course Haematology nursing (advanced level) 7.5 credits (2017)

Teaching and examination regarding scientific theory and method (bachelor and advanced level) (2014- and ongoing)

Course coordinator for the course Scientific theory and research methods in nursing, 7.5 credits (2020- ongoing)


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 120 credits, Lund University, Sweden, 2000-2003
  • Medical anthropology, 5 credits, Lund University, 2005
  • Hematology, 10 credits, Linköping University, Sweden, 2006
  • Master of Medical Science with a major in Global Health, 60 credits, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2009-2010
  • Doctoral degree, Title of thesis: Being young with a cancer experience- Health-related Quality of Life with special focus on independence and sexuality, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2014
  • Basic course in pedagogy, 7.5 credits, Karolinska Institutet   2014
  • Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course, one week, Karolinska Institutet 2016
  • Pedagogy for Doctoral Supervisors, two weeks, Karolinska Institutet 2017-2018
  • Integrative Nursing, 7,5 credits, Karolinska Institutet 2018

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Swedish Association of Paediatric Nurses: Nominated for Best thesis for doctoral degree in paediatric nursing 2014

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