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Susanne Pettersson

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About me

I am a RN, and have been working in the field of rheumatology for more than twenty years. In 2004 I became involved in a clinical research project following the cohort of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) at the Karolinska University Hospital. Today this cohort consists of more than 500 patients that we follow longitudinally. In 2012 I defended my thesis “Fatigue, perceived, described and assessed in systemic lupus erythematosus” at KI.

In 2013 I began as Postdoc at Uppsala University, where I stayed for 15 months in the research group of Professor Åsenlöf (Department of Neuroscience, Physiotherapy).


I returned to Karolinska in April 2014, and got a position as University nurse in November 2014. This position was a three year project facilitating the combination of clinic, teaching and research. During my clinical time I met patients at the Rheumatology clinic, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, and was also involved in e-Health projects under 4D arthritis, Bridging the gap between health-care and research. 


From 2017 I have a position as Director of Nursing Development at Inflammation and Infection Theme, Karolinska University Hospital.


Since 2014 I have my affiliation at KI within the research group of Professor Christina Opava.




Research description

My current research areas are:

Life-style interventions in rheumatic diseases

Fatigue and life-style factors in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus


Certificate in Nursing, General Nursing, RN (1988)

BSc in International Nursing (1994)

BSc in Nursing Education (1997)

MSc in Medical Science (2006)

PhD in Medical Science (2012)

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