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Tanja Tomson

Senior researcher

About me

Associate professor in public health sciences. Background in nursing, BSc in Preventive Medicine, Master of Public Health (MPH), PhD in medical sciences. The PhD thesis evaluated the Swedish Quitline including a cost-effectiveness analysis. Programme director, Public Health Sciences and Global Health programmes (2008-2015). From 2013 director Centre for Clinical Education (CCE). As director at the CEE work aims to contribute to the continuous professional development including qualified supervision and clinical training at the Stockholm County Council. Currently director of the L-section at dept of Learning, Informatics, Management, and Ethics. 

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. As part of this I 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 KI:s internationalization action plan 2014-2017 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. 


Currently I'm the coordinator at the Centre for Learning and Knowledge. Holding specific executive powers delegated  by authority of the deans at the board of education. Chairing the management team consisting of heads of different units at Karolinska Institutet. 

As acting head for the L-section at LIME I have the overarching responsibility for centre activities, economy and human resources according to the present delegation rules at LIME. 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, 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. 

Research description

Initiated and leads the study on "Health promotion through Tobacco Cessation Prescriptions (TCP) in primary care in deprived areas of Stockholm County". The aim was to develop a model for health promotion based on TCP and to test its feasibility. The study involved primary healthcare centres in Stockholm. Results show that TCP could be a structured, easy and person-centred way of implementing tobacco cessation in primary care - for both providers and clients. Principal investigator for the  trial "Motivation 2 Quit" M2Q with the aim to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of 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 wll as industry).

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. Other International experience includes studies in Lao PDR on tobacco policy. 




A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Tobacco Cessation on Prescription in Swedish Primary Health Care: A Protocol of the Motivation 2 Quit (M2Q) Study
Leppänen A, Lindgren P, Sundberg Cj, Petzold M, Tomson T
JMIR research protocols 2016;5(3):e188-

Perceived feasibility of a primary care intervention for Tobacco Cessation on Prescription targeting disadvantaged groups in Sweden: a qualitative study
Leppänen A, Biermann O, Sundberg Cj, Tomson T
BMC research notes 2016;9():151-

Perceptions and acceptability of pictorial health warning labels vs text only--a cross-sectional study in Lao PDR
Sychareun V, Hansana V, Phengsavanh A, Chaleunvong K, Tomson T
BMC public health 2015;15():1094-

Combining physical and virtual contexts through augmented reality: design and evaluation of a prototype using a drug box as a marker for antibiotic training
Nifakos S, Tomson T, Zary N
PeerJ 2014;2():e697-

Health policymakers' knowledge and opinions of physicians smoking and tobacco policy control in Lao PDR
Sychareun V, Phengsavanh A, Hansana V, Phommachanh S, Mayxay M, Tomson T

[The educational system of today and health personnel of tomorrow]
Tomson T, Tomson G, Savage C
Lakartidningen 2012;109(32-33):1388-9

Smoking among Lao medical doctors: challenges and opportunities for tobacco control
Vanphanom S, Morrow M, Phengsavanh A, Hansana V, Phommachanh S, Tomson T
TOBACCO CONTROL 2011;20(2):144-50

Smoking prevalence, determinants, knowledge, attitudes and habits among Buddhist monks in Lao PDR
Vanphanom S, Phengsavanh A, Hansana V, Menorath S, Tomson T
BMC research notes 2009;2():100-

Stakeholders' opinions about a tobacco policy in Lao PDR
Tomson T, Akkhavong K, Gilljam H
Tobacco induced diseases 2009;5():2-

Symptoms in smokers trying to quit
Tomson T, Toftgård M, Gilljam H, Helgason Ar
Tobacco induced diseases 2006;3(2):44-58

Are non-responders in a quitline evaluation more likely to be smokers?
Tomson T, Bjornstrom C, Gilljam H, Helgason A

Factors related to abstinence in a telephone helpline for smoking cessation
Helgason Ar, Tomson T, Lund Ke, Galanti R, Ahnve S, Gilljam H

Quitline on smoking cessation: A cost-effectiveness analysis
Tomson T, Helgason Ar, Gilljam H

Knowledge, attitudes and smoking behavior among Lao doctors
Tomson T, Boupha K, Gilljam H, Helgason Ar
The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health 2003;34(1):213-9

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