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Lena Holm

Affiliated to research

About me

I have a background in investigative sociology and insurance medicine, and have been involved in and heading several research projects 1994-2019

I am affiliated to the research group; Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Epidemiology Center (MUSIC). The group consists of persons from various professions with interest in musculoskeletal health and sports medicine, such as naprapaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and medical doctors. See further Research Project MUSIC


Research description

My research was largely conducted within MUSIC; see above.

My research has been focused on risk and prognostic factors in musculoskeletal disorders, especially neck- and back pain.  A topic of special interest is the influence of person´s health expectations on recovery. I have also been co-responsible for projects in Sports Medicine.

I retired Dec 31, 2019 but is affiliated to the research group and Karolinska Institutet for a limited time since I have several studies on the way to be published during 2020.


AFA European Spine Society RTF


Ongoing Projects.


Randomized controlled trial of intervention


  • Manual Intervention Stockholm Neck Trial STONE-study

In collaboration with University of Ontario Institute of Technology, to evaluate the effect of massage and physical exercise in patients with sub-acute and long-lasting neck pain, and to study the course of neck pain. Data will also be used to identify prognostic factors and to perform health economic evaluation, comparing the different intervention regimes.

Cohorts studies of risk and prognostic factors for neck, back and/or should pain and cerebral concussion

  • Stockholm Public Health Cohort – a follow-up study within Stockholm County

Research questions:

Is healthy lifestyle of importance for onset of neck/back pain in the general population? Is healthy lifestyle of importance for the prognosis of neck/back pain in the general population? Are sleep deprivations a risk factor for neck/back pain in the general population?



Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, 2012

Doctor in Medical Science (Epidemiology), Karolinska Institutet, 2007 Doctoral thesis: ”Epidemiological Aspects on Pain in Whiplash-Associated Disorders”. Main supervisor Professor Anders Ahlbom

Bachelor of Art (BA) Investigative Sociology, Stockholm University, 2003

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