Cultural Medicine

Research at Cultural Medicine includes pre- and post-migration related stress and health, evaluation of interventions (primary, secondary and tertiary), and development of theory and methodology.

Head Cultural Medicine: Solvig EkbladSolvig Ekblad

Phone no: +46 8524 836 14/ +46 70 789 1416


About Culture Medicine

Research at Culture Medicine Unit includes pre- and post-migration related stress factors, evaluation of mental health promotion interventions, and development of theory and methodology.

Our increasingly global and multicultural society, together with a refugee-reception policy that promotes the job line and health care on equal terms for everyone, makes new demands in education and research. People who were born abroad, along with children whose parents were both born abroad, make up around 19 per cent of Sweden's population. The latest public health report (2009) from the National Board of Health & Welfare, as well as other studies, show that the health of foreign-borns is inferior to that of the rest of the population and that there are large differences within and between groups. A report on unequal conditions for health and medical care which the Board published at the end of 2011 notes that discrimination of foreign-born occurs in health care and points to a need for strategies whereby care providers and other activities can counteract and prevent this. At the same time, scientific knowledge about these conditions is inadequate. There is a need to improve and secure the quality of targeted efforts for groups with a high degree of ill-health. Migration-related stress symptoms among new arrivals are a growing public health problem, with consequences for the individuals as well as for agents and society. The two main research questions are: How to improve the health among foreign borns? How to improve the interprofessional and intercultural knowledge? There is a national and international ongoing research with computer--based patient simulations, enabling students and clinicians to practice and exercise in a secure environment that provides participants with feedback from a virtual adviser. Other fields for development are evidence-based psycho-educative health promoting school with for newly-arrived women from outside EU. A research collaboration is going on with 1,6 & 2,6-miljonerklubben and Angereds närsjukhus.

The research has a client and user perspective. The activities are inter-cultural and inter-professional; they involve research, collecting knowledge, basic training, research training, assignment training, networking, and mediation of knowledge via the third objective.

Graduate student

Ioannis Pantziaras, MD, specialist in psychiatry, KI graduate student (medical education) "Virtual encounters with traumatized refugee patients for enhancing clinical, interpersonal and international competence" (sub-supervisors: Professor Uno Fors, dsv/SU, Olivier Courteille, PhD, LIME/KI, Professor Richard Mollica, Harvard, USA).

Foreign adjunct professor

Richard Mollica, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard and foreign adjunct professor at LIME

"Global Mental Health: trauma and recovery" and collaboration with NIH grant: "Virtual encounters - an innovative research and collaborative education program in the field of caring for traumatized patients (2011-2013)".