About me

I am a specialist in general medicine with docent-level competence. I have worked clinically as a general practitioner for more than 20 years. My research is strongly grounded in family medicine and extends to psychiatric illness, respiratory diseases and informatics in primary care. I am an affiliated researcher at Karolinska Institutet. My main occupation is as editor-in-chief of Medibas, an internet handbook for primary care. I am national editor for Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care and Stockholm's representative in SFAM's (Swedish Association for General Practice) Research Council.

Research description

My dissertation was a registry study of sociodemographic and medical factors associated with postpartum psychosis, as well as long-term follow-up of postpartum psychosis.

My current research field is psychiatric diagnoses in primary care. During 2013–2017, I was principal investigator for the SAFARI study, which investigated treatment methods for psychiatric diagnoses in primary care. SAFARI was a collaborative project between three regions (Västra Götaland, Västmanland and Stockholm). In the DUDE study, where I am principal investigator, we study differences in biomarkers between stress-induced exhaustion disorder and major depression. 

Another research field is respiratory diseases. As a principal investigator for the PRIMAIR study, we have in an RCT at primary health centers in Stockholm, studied the effect of continuing education about COPD to general practitioners for outcomes in patients with COPD. The patients' information needs for COPD have also been investigated. The PRIMAIR study has been incorporated into the PRAXIS study, which is a longitudinal study in which materials on patients with COPD and asthma, both in primary care and in hospitals, have been collected on several occasions since 2005 from several regions (Uppsala, Örebro, Dalarna, Värmland and Stockholm).

I have been / am the main supervisor for three PhD candidates, of which one have defended her doctoral thesis (planned disseration for the other two in 2022 and 2023). I have been / are co-supervisor for four PhD candidates, of which two have defended their doctoral theses.

I have over 30 published scientific papers.

Teaching portfolio

During 2014–2016 I was a senior lecturer at Karolinska Institutet, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care. I teached at the primary health care thread (strimman) that runs throughout the whole medical program, and at the course of scientific methodology at the fifth term of the medical program at Karolinska Institutet. The teaching included lecturing, leading group seminars, examinations and course planning.

During 2009–2016 I was course leader at the research methodology course for family doctors at specialist training writing a scientific paper / essay (VESTA), held by Region Stockholm (CeFAM). As course leader I participated in developing, planning and evaluating the course. I also teached in lectures and group seminars and tutored doctors in writing their scientific papers /essays (altogether 14 doctors).

During 2012–2016 I was chair of the steering group for the research school in Primary Health Care, Karolinska Institutet.

Education

2020, Docent-level competence 

2011, Specialist in Family medicine

2009, Doctoral degree

1999, Medical Doctor (License to practise) 

1997, University Medical Degree (Läkarexamen), Karolinska Institutet