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Tanja Tomson

Senior researcher

About me

Associate professor in public health sciences. The PhD thesis evaluated the Swedish Quitline including a cost-effectiveness analysis. As head of unit at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, (LIME) I have the overarching responsibility for finances, human resources and unit activities. 

My research focuses on generating evidence for effective prevention and promotion in health care. This includes studies on the effectiveness of innovative tobacco prevention interventions in Swedish primary care as well as the use of big data for health care policy.

Research description

Currently head of the research group Policy-Prevention & Practice at LIME. Principal investigator for the  trial "Motivation 2 Quit" M2Q with the aim to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of  Tobacco Cessation on Prescription, TCP compared to current practice for tobacco cessation targeting socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Funding is provided by Stockholm County Council, The Public Health Agency of Sweden and Scandia. 

Swedish PI in the ongoing EC funded (5 mEuro) CrowdHEALTH project including 17 other institutions (universities, and other authorities as well as industry). CrowdHealth is delivering a secure ICT plattform to collect and aggregate high volumes health data from multiple information sourses in Europe. CrowdHealth also proposes the evolution of patient health records (PHR) towards Holistic Health Records (HHRs) enriched to become "Social HHRs" to capture the clinical, social, and human factors. For more details please see: http://www.crowdhealth.eu/ 

://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/209158_en.html

My educational research includes combining physical and virtual contexts through “Augmented Reality” applications that could contribute to the improvement of competencies among healthcare professionals. In another study findings show that educational leadership involves processes on the levels of students, teachers as community and at the organisational level. A systemic approach is essential for effective implementation of educational leadership to reach all levels via interaction and communication across an organization. International experiences includes studies in Lao PDR on tobacco policy and a European multi-country qualitative study on cigarette package images among others.

 

Teaching portfolio

Programme director, Public Health Sciences and Global Health programmes (2008-2015).

My work as former director at the Centre for Clinical Education, CEE aimed to contribute to the continuous professional development including qualified supervision and clinical training at the Stockholm County Council. 

Previously assigned by the Board of Education, Karolinska Institutet, (KI) to ensure high competence of health care professionals meeting the demands of todays as well as preparing for the challenges of tomorrow. My vision is excellence in all educational programmes through reforms to foster team learning and inter-professional education, facilitating all three levels of learning: informative, formative and transformative. Initiated a Nordic process starting with the conference "Educating Health Professionals for a New Century" at Nobel Forum 2012. Co-organized 2014 the follow-up work-shop "Educating health professionals for tomorrow's global healthcare systems - the role of universities" in collaboration with Lund University, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the InterAcacademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and KI.

Active in the work of KI:s internationalization action plan 2014-2017. This is in line with aims in SDG17 on partnerships in UN Agenda 2030 and I initiated a course in "Sustainable Development", 7,5 ECTS already in 2010. The integration of a global perspective into all courses is a means to that end and hence I worked to realise this. Established strategic collaboration between KI and Schools of Public Health in Europe, China and US. 

Extensive teaching experience for students, health care professionals, policy makers nationally and internationally. Teaching methods include the three levels of Learning: informative, formative and transformative. My commitment to education extends from course level to strategic levels in different committees, councils and boards.

 

 

Education

I have developed master programmes, courses and been lecturer in first and second cycle education within public health. Aspects that I focused on include prevention, health promotion, behavioral change and leadership. Faculty training has been conducted with programme directors, deans, hospital directors in different contexts. A Global Health example is the "Leading change in higher education" programme at Makerere university, held four times. In total 200 faculty members trained. 

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