About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care and the research group Social work in Healthcare. My research is a part of The Missing Link project and has the overarching purpose to develop and implement a mode for person-centred communication, Teach Back, to support patients’ capacity and competence to understand and use information i.e., health literacy. The specific focus is the communication at hospital discharge of information to support health literacy for self-management of prescribed medication for secondary stroke prevention after stroke. The purpose of the project is to develop, implement and explore the feasibility of a self-instructive educational Teach Back program addressing this focus. I also have a close collaboration with the research group Neuroepidemiology and Health Services Research.

I defended my doctoral thesis in january 2021 with the title Understanding the links : the exploration of care transitions between hospital and continued rehabilitation in the home after stroke. I am a Reg. Physiotherapist since 2011 and have my clinical affiliation at Karolinska University Hospital. Since obtaining the bachelor's degree in 2011, I have mainly worked with rehabilitation of neurological injuries and diseases both within tertiary and secondary care.

I have a strong interest in Integrated Care and hold the position as chair/president of the global network Emerging Researchers and Professionals in Integrated Care (ERPIC). The vision of ERPIC is to provide an international platform that brings emerging researchers and professionals together to advance the science, development, knowledge and adoption of integrated care research, policy and practice.

Research description

My research area focuses on vare transitions between stroke unit and home with continued rehabilitation in the home environment. I am part of the research project "The Missing Link". The overall aim of the project is to develop, implement and evaluate person-centred transfers between stroke unit and home with people with stroke, significant others, the staff at stroke units and in interdisciplinary home rehabilitation teams.

The Missing Link builds on the view that the involvement of the users – people with stroke, significant others and the staff at the stroke units and the interdisciplinary home rehabilitation teams - in a design process based on their knowledge and identified needs and in which they together collaborate to design new health services is likely to better meet the users' needs as well as be realistic with regard to what can be provided by the health care staff. Accordingly, the Missing Link adheres to an enabling service model that is centred on co-creation/collaboration in the development of a new health service rather than to a top-down service delivery model, which has been proposed to better support improvement and implementation of evidence in health services. Thus in the Missing Link project people with stroke, their significant others, the interdisciplinary team and staff are to be included as partners, experts and co-creators of the new transitions. Such involvement in research has the potential to identify and reconceptualise problems and incorporate the experiences of the users.

Education

2021: PhD in Medical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet. Thesis: Understanding the links: the exploration of care transitions between hospital and continued rehabilitation in the home after stroke.

2015: Master in Clinical Medical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet

2011: Bachelor i Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet

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