I have a joint position as Senior Lecturer at the Division for Nursing, NVS and University Nurse at Theme Inflammation and Aging, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm. I am Director of Nursing Development at Nursing Unit Aging. I am also affiliated to the Research and Development unit at Stockholms Sjukhem. I have an affiliation as Associate Adjunct Professor at Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
My area of research, teaching and clinical practice is the promotion of evidence-based care for older adults to enhance their health and well-being. My research focuses on evidence-based care, particularly research utilization among nursing staff.
My PhD thesis “Evidence-Based Care of Older People - Utopia or Reality? Healthcare personnel’s perceptions of using research in their daily practice" reports the extent of research use among staff working in the care of older adults and various factors’ associations with research utilization.
After my thesis defense I was awarded a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and CapitalCare, Edmonton, Canada. Professor Carole Estabrooks, known internationally as a leader in knowledge translation, was my supervisor, and I participated in the research program Translating Research in Elder Care. I led several nutritional research projects at one centre, collaborating with CapitalCare staff, that were widely disseminated and published.
My present research focuses on examining individual and organizational factors associated with research utilization and evidence-based care. The aim is to generate knowledge in order to develop interventions to support increased research use in practice and to evaluate these interventions from the older adults’ and staffs’ perspectives.
Some of my on-going research projects
I’m responsible for and an examiner for the Postgraduate Program in Specialist Nursing – Elderly Care. I also lecture in various courses in the undergraduate nursing program.
At Theme Aging, Karolinska University Hospital, I’m a member of the Research and Development committe. We are working on to develop the clinical training for students from the nursing and medical programs.
I am responsible for the KI part of the ERASMUS project EISEN which aims to develop courses in implementation science for students at master level and in research education.
• University Certificate in Nursing (Sophiahemmet University College1982)
• Registered Nurse (1982)
• Specialist Degree in Gerontological Nursing (Stockholm University College for Caring Science, Stockholm 1988)
• Bachelor of Nursing (Red Cross University College 1998)
• Master of Medical Science with a major in Nursing (Karolinska Institutet 2001)
• Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (Karolinska Institutet 2007)
• Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)/Institute of Aging Postdoctoral Dementia and Veterans Fellowship (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 2008-2010) (co-funded by CapitalCare Inc.)