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Anne Ekdahl

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring

About me

Born in Denmark and educated physican -82. Moved to Sweden with my family 1985 and became a senior consultant in Geriatric Medicine -90. After 15 years as Head of Geriatric Department (in the Highlandhospital and the teaching hospital in Linköping) I began my research career in 2007.

Defended the thesis “Frail old patients partipation in medical decision making” in 2012 which revealed a care in hospital not adapted to frail old patients and their needs.

Through many years been the President of the Swedish Society of Geriatric Medicine and are at present the General Secretary in the European Geriatric Medicine Societies (EUGMS).

Have the function as Scientific Counsellor to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and work with the update of the guidelines for Dementia.

Clinically I work as a senior consultant and researcher at Helsingborg Hospital in the Acute Geriatric Ward.

Research description

 After the completion of my thesis with the focus on patient participation in medical decision-making and with a qualitative methology my focus has changed to the effects on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) and frailty

From 2010 to 2015 I was  project leader of the “Age-FIT”-trial (Ambulatory Geriatric Frailty Intervention Trial). Clinical Trials no NCT01446757 where main focus is the effects of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment on outcomes such as health economy and frailty.

The main results were published in 2015 and 2016 and showed more security with the care, less need of days in hospital and better survival for the patients in the intervention group.

In 2016 I am project leader of a new RCT (Geriatric OutPatient Care (GerPOCa) studying the effect of CGA (Clinical Trials no NCT02923843) addressing old people seeking care often in the Emergency Room. Primary Outcome will be days in hospital and secondary outcomes health-economy, functionality and mortality.

I am affiliated to Karolinska since 2013 to the division of Clinical Geriatrics and are the main supervisor of Amelie Lind Mazya. Her project is focusing on frailty.

Since 2016 I became affiliated also to Lunds University where I have my other doctoral student Karol Biegus as main supervisor.

Teaching portfolio

I have recently taken part of the development of a pre-graduate core curriculum in Geriatric medicine on an European level as one of the members of the Delphi panel (Masud T, Blundell A, Gordon AL, Mulpeter K, Roller R, Singler K, et al. European undergraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine developed using an international modified Delphi technique. Age and Ageing. 2014.)

My main areas of teaching are dementia, patient participation, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, Frailty, Acute geriatrics, gerontology and geriatric medicine in general.

My current teaching-activity is as supervisor of medical students in a special student-driven ward, Lunds University, Campus Helsingborg. 



1982: Bachelor in medicine (physician) 1982, University of Aarhus, Denmark

1984: License to practise medicine in Denmark

1986: License to practise medicine in Sweden

1990: Specialist in Geriatric Medicine, Sweden

2012: Doctoral degree, Medical Science


Academic honours, awards and prizes

Was nominated as a medical tutor by the medical students (“Kandidat Kork”) at Linköping University 2001. 

In 2008 I was awarded with the "Jubilee-price" of the Hospital in Norrkoeping for my work with diagnosing dementia in Primary Care.

In 2011 I was awarded the Swedish Association of Geriatric Medicine’s price of important clinical development  for “successful and significant geriatric and clinical research, development and teaching”.