About me

Telephone number: 08/52488827 or 0722006321


Associate professor (docent) in rehabilitation medicine, PhD, KI

Senior university lecturer at KI

Graduate from Teacher training programme for professions allied to medicine (Uppsala university)

Reg. Physiotherapist, RPT (KI)


Main supervisor PhDs:

-Henrik Pettersson, dissertation 2019

-Birgitta Widerström, dissertation 2017

Co-supervisor PhDs

-Valentin Ritschl, Medical university Vienna, Austria, ongoing, planned dissertation 2021

-Malin Mattsson, dissertation 2014

Co-supervisor Licentiate (LIC) thesis

-Malin Mattsson, defended LIC, 2011


Post docs (externally financed)

-Malin Mattsson, Sunderby hospital/Luleå Technical University, Boden/Luleå 

-Gizem Irem Kinikli, Hacettepe university, Turkey


Member of the Executive committee of Foundations for Research in Rheumatology, FOREUM, http://www.foreum.org/ as representative for the health professions within European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), since 2017

Member of the Committee for doctoral education (FoUK) https://ki.se/en/nvs/committee-for-doctoral-education-at-nvs, department for Neurobiology, care sciences and society, Karolinska Institutet, since 2017 

Deputy research group leader in Wim Grooten's research group at division for physiotherapy, department of NVS, KI, since 2019

Member of the Editorial board in two scientific journals: 

Disability and Rehabilitation:


2 sep. 2020

We would like to introduce Associate Professor Carina Boström from the Editoral board - with expertise in rheumatology, physiotherapy, physical activity and quality of life from the Karolinska Institute, Dept of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society.

Research description


My research field is: 

Rehabilitation medicine and physiotherapy

Rehabilitation in rheumatic diseases with focus on autoimmune connective tissue diseases. My research within this area, for the moment, deals with:

-Studies regarding physical function/capacity, physical activity and health-related quality of life in people with systemic sclerosis, associations with lung function and subtype of the disease, and effects of physical exercise 

-Studies regarding physical activity, exercise and life-style habits in systemic lupus erythematosus

-Psychometric studies on patient-reported outcomes 


I am, since 2019, the study group leader of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) non-pharmacological treatment of autoimmune connective tissue diseases study group: 



Book chapters

-Boström C. Systemisk lupus erythematosus, systemisk skleros och primärt Sjögrens syndrom in the book Fysisk aktivitet vid reumatisk sjukdom (Physical activity in rheumatic diseases), Studentlitteratur, 2014

-Boström C, Svenungsson E, Alexanderson H. Systemisk lupus erythematosus in the book Fysisk aktivitet i sjukdomsprevention och sjukdomsbehandling (Physical activity as disease prevention and treatment), FYSS 2017, Läkartidningens förlag, 2016 

-Alexanderson H, Svenungsson E, Boström C. Myosit in the book Fysisk aktivitet i sjukdomsprevention och sjukdomsbehandling (Physical activity as disease prevention and treatment), FYSS 2017, Läkartidningens förlag, 2016

-EULAR online school for health professionals, responsible for module Rare diseases/Systemic sclerosis, 2019/2020


Scientific articles

For the moment I am author of around 50 scientific publications, see below (not all are published in Pubmed yet). The following articles is not indexed in Pubmed:

-Kinikli GI...Boström C et al. Predictors of physical capacity in SLE file:///C:/Users/Carina%20Bostr%C3%B6m/Downloads/2000-1-1-500-501-eng%20(4).pdf

-Stolt M, Gattinger H, Boström C, Suhonen R. Foot health educational interventions for patients and healthcare professionals: A scoping review. November 22, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896919888952




http://www.mjrheum.org/852/newsid792/202 (IMplementation of Physical Activity into routine Clinical pracTice in Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease: The IMPACT-RMD study protocol and rationale)


Teaching portfolio

Member of the Pedagogic academy at Karolinska Institutet

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Received grant from European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) for the task force project: EULAR recommendations/points to consider for the non-pharmacological management of connective tissue diseases with focus on systemic lupus erythematosus and systemic sclerosis, with a budget of €54,500, 2020.

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