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Gunnar Nilsson

Professor/district medical officer

Visiting address : Alfred Nobels allé 12, 5 tr, 141 83 Huddinge, Sweden
Postal address : Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), H1, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Alfred Nobels allé 12, 141 83 Huddinge, Sweden
Delivery address : Alfred Nobels allé 5 tr, 141 83 Huddinge, Sweden

About me

Professor of general medicine with emphasis on medical informatics.

Pro-Dean of Higher Education. Head of the Division of Family Medicine at the Department for Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS).

Former Deputy Head of the Department NVS, and Head of the Centre for Family Medicine (Stockholm County Council).

Former guest professor at Stockholm University, and teaching sabbatical fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Director of Medical Education (program director) at KI, 2008-2013.

Clinical experience as a doctor for 27 years, within 9 different specialties, from 7 hospitals and more than 10 PHC centres in Stockholm.

Extensive experience in educational and faculty development.

Certified good leadership competence.

Education

1974: High school qualification, Saltsjöbadens samskola.

1980: Degree in Medicine (M.D.), KI.

1983: Education in psychotherapy.

1989: Specialist in General Practice.

2000: Licentiate in Medicine (Med. Lic), KI.

2002: Doctor of Medical Science (Ph.D.), KI.

Research description

Active in research work in general medicine, medical informatics and pedagogy.

A bibliography of more than 75 scientific papers.

Research collaboration with 17 different professions.

Extensive pedagogic research including supervising of two pedagogic doctoral programmes.

External research grants as project leader; about 16 MSEK during the period 1999-2016. Numerous external grants as joint applicant; in total more than 24 MSEK during the period 2001-2016.

Principal supervisor of 4 and joint supervisor of 8 doctoral candidates in 9 different professions, 3 and 1 of whom, respectively, have completed a doctoral thesis.

Member of examination bodies 20 times.

Academic honors, awards and prizes

Visiting professor at Stockholm University 2009-2012.

Member of the Pedagogical Academy at KI since 2011.

Awarded the Pedagogic prize at KI in 2013.

Awarded a teaching sabbatical in Singapore for the period August-December 2014 by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT).

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Publications

Equity aspects of the Primary Health Care Choice Reform in Sweden - a scoping review
Burström B, Burström K, Nilsson G, Tomson G, Whitehead M, Winblad U
International journal for equity in health 2017;16(1):29-

Improving insomnia in primary care patients: A randomized controlled trial of nurse-led group treatment
Sandlund C, Hetta J, Nilsson Gh, Ekstedt M, Westman J
International journal of nursing studies 2017;72():30-41

Adaptation and validation of the instrument Clinical Learning Environment and Supervision for medical students in primary health care
Öhman E, Alinaghizadeh H, Kaila P, Hult H, Nilsson Gh, Salminen H
BMC medical education 2016;16(1):308-

Evaluating research: A multidisciplinary approach to assessing research practice and quality
Martensson P, Fors U, Wallin Sb, Zander U, Nilsson Gh
RESEARCH POLICY 2016;45(3):593-603

Health-related quality of life in patients with Burnout on sick leave: descriptive and comparative results from a clinical study
Grensman A, Acharya Bd, Wändell P, Nilsson G, Werner S
International archives of occupational and environmental health 2016;89(2):319-29

Psychometric characteristics of a modified Sympathy-Acceptance-Understanding-Caring competence model questionnaire among foreign-born parents encountering nurses in primary child health care services
Berlin A, Alinaghizadeh H, Törnkvist L, Willman A, Nilsson G
Primary health care research & development 2016;17(3):298-310

Medical screening in dental settings: a qualitative study of the views of authorities and organizations
Friman G, Hultin M, Nilsson Gh, Wårdh I
BMC research notes 2015;8():580-

Problems with sickness certification tasks: experiences from physicians in different clinical settings. A cross-sectional nationwide study in Sweden
Ljungquist T, Hinas E, Nilsson Gh, Gustavsson C, Arrelov B, Alexanderson K
BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH 2015;:321-

Visual analytics in medical education: impacting analytical reasoning and decision making for quality improvement
Vaitsis C, Nilsson G, Zary N
Studies in health technology and informatics 2015;210():95-9

Automatic recognition of disorders, findings, pharmaceuticals and body structures from clinical text: an annotation and machine learning study
Skeppstedt M, Kvist M, Nilsson Gh, Dalianis H
Journal of biomedical informatics 2014;49():148-58

Big data in medical informatics: improving education through visual analytics
Vaitsis C, Nilsson G, Zary N
Studies in health technology and informatics 2014;205():1163-7

Clinical cues for detection of people with undiscovered depression in primary health care: a case-control study
Flyckt L, Hassler E, Lotfi L, Krakau I, Nilsson Gh
Primary health care research & development 2014;15(3):324-30

District nurses' preventive home visits to 75-year-olds: an opportunity to identify factors related to unsafe medication management
Lagerin A, Carlsson Ac, Nilsson G, Westman J, Törnkvist L
Scandinavian journal of public health 2014;42(8):786-94

Exploring perceptions of the educational environment among undergraduate physiotherapy students
Palmgren Pj, Lindquist I, Sundberg T, Nilsson Gh, Laksov Kb
International journal of medical education 2014;5():135-46

Sickness certification at oncology clinics: perceived problems, support, need for education and reasons for certifying unnecessarily long sickness absences
Branstrom R, Arrelov B, Gustavsson C, Kjeldgard L, Ljungquist T, Nilsson Gh, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE 2014;23(1):89-97

Visual analytics in healthcare education: exploring novel ways to analyze and represent big data in undergraduate medical education
Vaitsis C, Nilsson G, Zary N
PeerJ 2014;2():e683-

Health care management of sickness certification tasks: results from two surveys to physicians
Lindholm C, Von Knorring M, Arrelöv B, Nilsson G, Hinas E, Alexanderson K
BMC research notes 2013;6():207-

[ICF is a good tool to describe activity limitations in sick leave. General practitioners and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency are positive, as shown by qualitative study]
Fresk M, Arrelöv B, Skånér Y, Backlund L, Nilsson G
Lakartidningen 2013;110(27-28):1289-91

Problems experienced by gynecologists/obstetricians in sickness certification consultations
Gustavsson C, Kjeldgård L, Bränström R, Lindholm C, Ljungquist T, Nilsson Gh, et al
Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 2013;92(9):1007-16

Quality of sickness certification in primary health care: a retrospective database study
Skånér Y, Arrelöv B, Backlund Lg, Fresk M, Aström Aw, Nilsson Gh
BMC family practice 2013;14():48-

Reasons for and factors associated with issuing sickness certificates for longer periods than necessary: results from a nationwide survey of physicians
Bränström R, Arrelöv B, Gustavsson C, Kjeldgård L, Ljungquist T, Nilsson Gh, et al
BMC public health 2013;13():478-

Sickness certification of patients--a work environment problem among physicians?
Ljungquist T, Hinas E, Arrelöv B, Lindholm C, Wilteus Al, Nilsson Gh, et al
Occupational medicine (Oxford, England) 2013;63(1):23-9

Coding of procedures documented by general practitioners in Swedish primary care-an explorative study using two procedure coding systems
Vikstrom A, Hagglund M, Nystrom M, Strender Le, Koch S, Hjerpe P, et al
BMC FAMILY PRACTICE 2012;:2-

Physicians who experience sickness certification as a work environmental problem: where do they work and what specific problems do they have? A nationwide survey in Sweden
Ljungquist T, Arrelöv B, Lindholm C, Wilteus Al, Nilsson Gh, Alexanderson K
BMJ open 2012;2(2):e000704-

Psychiatrists' work with sickness certification: frequency, experiences and severity of the certification tasks in a national survey in Sweden
Nilsson Gh, Arrelöv B, Lindholm C, Ljungquist T, Kjeldgård L, Alexanderson K
BMC health services research 2012;12():362-

Characteristics of Finnish and Swedish intensive care nursing narratives: a comparative analysis to support the development of clinical language technologies
Allvin H, Carlsson E, Dalianis H, Danielsson-ojala R, Daudaravičius V, Hassel M, et al
Journal of biomedical semantics 2011;2 Suppl 3():S1-

Frequency and severity of problems that general practitioners experience regarding sickness certification
Engblom M, Nilsson G, Arrelov B, Lofgren A, Skaner Y, Lindholm C, et al
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE 2011;29(4):227-33

Health problems and disability in long-term sickness absence: ICF coding of medical certificates
Morgell R, Backlund Lg, Arrelov B, Strender Le, Nilsson Gh
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;:860-

Medical education in Sweden
Lindgren S, Brannstrom T, Hanse E, Ledin T, Nilsson G, Sandler S, et al
MEDICAL TEACHER 2011;33(10):798-803

Reasons for encounters, investigations, referrals, diagnoses and treatments in general practice in Sweden-a multicentre pilot study using electronic patient records
Mansson J, Nilsson G, Strender Le, Bjorkelund C
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE 2011;17(2):87-94

Use and usefulness of guidelines for sickness certification: results from a national survey of all general practitioners in Sweden
Skånér Y, Nilsson Gh, Arrelöv B, Lindholm C, Hinas E, Wilteus Al, et al
BMJ open 2011;1(2):e000303-

Cultural competence among Swedish child health nurses after specific training: A randomized trial
Berlin A, Nilsson G, Tornkvist L
NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES 2010;12(3):381-91

Enriching a primary health care version of ICD-10 using SNOMED CT mapping
Nyström M, Vikström A, Nilsson Gh, Ahlfeldt H, Orman H
Journal of biomedical semantics 2010;1(1):7-

Primary prevention of first-ever stroke in primary health care: a clinical practice study based on medical register data in sweden
Skånér Y, Nilsson Gh, Krakau I, Hassler E, Sundquist K
Stroke research and treatment 2010;2010():-

Sickness-certification practice in different clinical settings; a survey of all physicians in a country
Lindholm C, Arrelov B, Nilsson G, Lofgren A, Hinas E, Skaner Y, et al
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2010;:752-

The association between manager's support and a policy regarding sickness certification on one side and physicians' sickness certification practice on the other
Lindholm C, Arrelov B, Nilsson G, Ljungquist T, Alexanderson K
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2010;:198-198

The usefulness of National guidelines for sickness certification
Skaner Y, Nilsson G, Arrelov B, Hinas E, Lindholm C, Alexanderson K
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2010;:229-229

Undetected depression in primary healthcare: Occurrence, severity and co-morbidity in a two-stage procedure of opportunistic screening
Lotfi L, Flyckt L, Krakau I, Martensson B, Nilsson Gh
NORDIC JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY 2010;64(6):421-7

Views of diagnosis distribution in primary care in 2.5 million encounters in Stockholm: a comparison between ICD-10 and SNOMED CT
Vikström A, Nyström M, Ahlfeldt H, Strender Le, Nilsson Gh
Informatics in primary care 2010;18(1):17-29

Visualization of disease distribution with SNOMED CT and ICD-10
Nyström M, Vikström A, Nilsson G, Orman H, Ahlfeldt H
Studies in health technology and informatics 2010;160(Pt 2):1100-3

Burden of morbidity in a patient perspective - the case of sick-leave certified patients in primary care
Carlsson L, Morgell R, Strender Le, Arrelov B, Nilsson Gh
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2009;:157-

Developing a standard for de-identifying electronic patient records written in Swedish: Precision, recall and F-measure in a manual and computerized annotation trial
Velupillai S, Dalianis H, Hassel M, Nilsson Gh
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATICS 2009;78(12):e19-26

[New medical education programme at Karolinska Institute. The profession in focus and the research process as a pedagogical basis]
Nilsson G, Josephson A, Kiessling A, Bexelius Ts, Ponzer S
Lakartidningen 2009;106(44):2847-8

A guideline-based computerised decision support system (CDSS) to influence general practitioners management of chronic heart failure
Toth-pal E, Wårdh I, Strender Le, Nilsson G
Informatics in primary care 2008;16(1):29-39

Implementing a clinical decision-support system in practice: A qualitative analysis of influencing attitudes and characteristics among general practitioners
Toth-pal E, Wardh I, Strender Le, Nilsson G
INFORMATICS FOR HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE 2008;33(1):39-54

An educational intervention for district nurses: use of electronic records in leg ulcer management
Lagerin A, Nilsson G, Törnkvist L
Journal of wound care 2007;16(1):29-32

Dealing with sickness certification - a survey of problems and strategies among general practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons
Arreloev B, Alexanderson K, Hagberg J, Loefgren A, Nilsson G, Ponzer S
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2007;:273-

Mapping the categories of the Swedish primary health care version of ICD-10 to SNOMED CT concepts: Rule development and intercoder reliability in a mapping trial
Vikstrom A, Skaner Y, Strender Le, Nilsson Gh
BMC MEDICAL INFORMATICS AND DECISION MAKING 2007;:9-

Self-rated health, symptoms of depression and general symptoms at 3 and 12 months after a first-ever stroke: a municipality-based study in Sweden
Skaner Y, Nilsson Gh, Sundquist K, Hassler E, Krakau I
BMC FAMILY PRACTICE 2007;:61-

The cost of monitoring warfarin in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation in primary care in Sweden
Bjorholt I, Andersson S, Nilsson Gh, Krakau I
BMC FAMILY PRACTICE 2007;:6-

Using medical knowledge sources on handheld computers - A qualitative study among junior doctors
Axelson C, Wardh I, Strender Le, Nilsson G
MEDICAL TEACHER 2007;29(6):611-8

Clinical categories of patients and encounter rates in primary health care - a three-year study in defined populations
Carlsson L, Strender Le, Fridh G, Nilsson Gh
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2006;:35-

Resource consumption and management associated with monitoring of warfarin treatment in primary health care in Sweden
Andersson S, Björholt I, Nilsson Gh, Krakau I
BMC family practice 2006;7():67-

SNOMED CT in multidisciplinary clinical practice--evaluation of usefulness for classification and coding of care-planning procedures
Vikström A, Nilsson G
Studies in health technology and informatics 2006;124():824-9

The importance of comorbidity in analysing patient costs in Swedish primary care
Engstrom Sg, Carlsson L, Ostgren Cj, Nilsson Gh, Borgquist La
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2006;:36-

Anticoagulant treatment of patients with chronic atrial fibrillation in primary health care in Sweden - a retrospective study of incidence and quality in a registered population
Nilsson Gh, Bjorholt I, Krakau I
FAMILY PRACTICE 2004;21(6):612-6

Clinical effect of computer generated physician reminders in health screening in primary health care - a controlled clinical trial of preventive services among the elderly
Toth-pal E, Nilsson Gh, Furhoff Ak
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATICS 2004;73(9-10):695-703

Collection and retrieval of structured clinical data from electronic patient records in general practice - A first-phase study to create a health care database for research and quality assessment
Mansson J, Nilsson G, Bjorkelund C, Strender Le
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE 2004;22(1):6-10

Data from electronic patient records are suitable for surveillance of antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory tract infections in primary health care
Engstrom S, Molstad S, Nilsson G, Lindstrom K, Borgquist L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES 2004;36(2):139-43

Excessive use of rapid tests in respiratory tract infections in Swedish primary health care
Engstrom S, Molstad S, Lindstrom K, Nilsson G, Borgquist L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES 2004;36(3):213-8

Occurrence and quality of anticoagulant treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation in primary health care in Sweden: a retrospective study on electronic patient records
Nilsson Gh, Björholt I
BMC clinical pharmacology 2004;4():1-

Types of morbidity and categories of patients in a Swedish county - Applying the Johns Hopkins adjusted clinical groups system to encounter data in primary health care
Carlsson L, Strender Le, Fridh G, Nilsson G
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE 2004;22(3):174-9

Anticoagulant treatment in primary health care in Sweden - prevalence, incidence and treatment diagnosis: a retrospective study on electronic patient records in a registered population
Nilsson Gh, Björholt I, Johnsson H
BMC family practice 2003;4():3-

Skin diseases caused by ultraviolet radiation: The cost of illness
Nilsson Gh, Carlsson L, Dal H, Ullen H
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE 2003;19(4):724-30

Textual content, health problems and diagnostic codes in electronic patient records in general practice
Nilsson G, Ahlfeldt H, Strender Le
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE 2003;21(1):33-6

Computerisation, coding, data retrieval and related attitudes among Swedish general practitioners - a survey of necessary conditions for a database of diseases and health problems
Nilsson G, Ahlfeldt H, Strender Le
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INFORMATICS 2002;65(2):135-43

Management of heart failure in primary health care - A retrospective study on electronic patient records in a registered population
Nilsson G, Strender Le
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE 2002;20(3):161-5

Feedback on prescribing rate combined with problem-oriented pharmacotherapy education as a model to improve prescribing behaviour among general practitioners
Nilsson G, Hjemdahl P, Hassler A, Vitols S, Wallen Nh, Krakau I
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY 2001;56(11):843-8

The connection between terms used in medical records and coding system: a study on Swedish primary health care data
Petersson H, Nilsson G, Strender Le, Ahlfeldt H
MEDICAL INFORMATICS AND THE INTERNET IN MEDICINE 2001;26(2):87-99

Evaluation of three Swedish ICD-10 primary care versions: Reliability and ease of use in diagnostic coding
Nilsson G, Petersson H, Ahlfeldt H, Strender Le
METHODS OF INFORMATION IN MEDICINE 2000;39(4-5):325-31

Reliability in diagnostic coding: Evaluation of three Swedish ICD-10 primary care versions
Nilsson G, Petersson H, Ahlfeldt H, Strender Le
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION 1999;:1128-1128

Semantic modeling of a traditional classification: results and implications
Petersson H, Nilsson G, Ahlfeldt H, Malmberg Bg, Wigertz O
Studies in health technology and informatics 1998;52 Pt 1():613-7

Design and implementation of a World Wide Web accessible database for the Swedish ICD-10 primary care version using a concept system approach
Petersson H, Nilsson G, Ahlfeldt H, Malmberg Bg, Wigertz O
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION 1997;:885-885

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