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Asgeir R. Helgason

Universitetslektor, adj

Besöksadress : Solnavägen 1 E 113 65 Stockholm
Postadress : Institutionen för folkhälsovetenskap (PHS), K9, Socialmedicin, 171 77 Stockholm
Leveransadress : Norrbackagatan 92 113 41 Stockholm

Om mig

I have been an Associate Professor (Docent) in Psychology at Karolinska Institutet from 2002. Presently working in the field of Psychology at the Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Stockholm County Council Health Services, with research affiliation as Adjunct senior lecturer (Universitetslektor) in Social Medicine at Karolinska Institutet.   

Forskningsbeskrivning

Main present research projects are:

i) Palliative end-of-life care, with focus on male patients and methods for communication between patients, significant others and health care personnel.

ii) Scientific development and evaluation of smoking cessation programs including the Swedish National Quitline (Sluta-Röka-Linjen).

iii) Sexual function and its relation to quality of life in men.

iv) Electronic screen use and symptoms in children.

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Publikationer

Non-responders in a quitline evaluation are more likely to be smokers - a drop-out and long-term follow-up study of the Swedish National Tobacco Quitline
Nohlert E, Öhrvik J, Helgason Ár
Tobacco induced diseases 2016;14():5-

Death talk: gender differences in talking about one's own impending death
Skulason B, Hauksdottir A, Ahcic K, Helgason Ar
BMC palliative care 2014;13(1):8-

Effectiveness of proactive and reactive services at the Swedish National Tobacco Quitline in a randomized trial
Nohlert E, Ohrvik J, Helgason Ar
Tobacco induced diseases 2014;12(1):9-

Electronic screen use and selected somatic symptoms in 10-12 year old children
Taehtinen Re, Sigfusdottir Id, Helgason Ar, Kristjansson Al
Preventive medicine 2014;67():128-33

The beliefs about pros and cons of drinking and intention to change among hazardous and moderate alcohol users: a population-based cross-sectional study
Ansker Fg, Helgason Ar, Ahacic K
European journal of public health 2014;24(4):566-71

The national alcohol helpline in Sweden: an evaluation of its first year
Ahacic K, Nederfeldt L, Helgason Ár
Substance abuse treatment, prevention, and policy 2014;9():28-

Comparison of the cost-effectiveness of a high- and a low-intensity smoking cessation intervention in Sweden: a randomized trial
Nohlert E, Helgason Ar, Tillgren P, Tegelberg A, Johansson P
Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2013;15(9):1519-27

Electronic screen use and mental well-being of 10-12-year-old children
Yang F, Helgason Ar, Sigfusdottir Id, Kristjansson Al
European journal of public health 2013;23(3):492-8

Long-term follow-up of a high- and a low-intensity smoking cessation intervention in a dental setting- a randomized trial
Nohlert E, Ohrvik J, Tegelberg A, Tillgren P, Helgason Ar
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2013;:592-

Motivational interviewing in an ordinary clinical setting: a controlled clinical trial at the Swedish National Tobacco Quitline
Lindqvist H, Forsberg Lg, Forsberg L, Rosendahl I, Enebrink P, Helgason Ar
Addictive behaviors 2013;38(7):2321-4

Non-response bias and hazardous alcohol use in relation to previous alcohol-related hospitalization: comparing survey responses with population data
Ahacic K, Kåreholt I, Helgason Ar, Allebeck P
Substance abuse treatment, prevention, and policy 2013;8():10-

Assessing survival in widowers, and controls - A nationwide, six- to nine-year follow-up
Skulason B, Jonsdottir Ls, Sigurdardottir V, Helgason Ar
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2012;:96-

Attitudes, commitment and motivation amongst Icelandic elite athletes
Halldorsson V, Helgason A, Thorlindsson T
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY 2012;43(3):241-254

Research Registries Revisited: Is There a Home for Behavioral and Public Health Research?
Helgason Ar
HEALTH EDUCATION & BEHAVIOR 2011;38(5):431-2

Adolescent substance use, parental monitoring, and leisure-time activities: 12-year outcomes of primary prevention in Iceland
Kristjansson Al, James Je, Allegrante Jp, Sigfusdottir Id, Helgason Ar
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2010;51(2):168-71

Clinician acquisition and retention of Motivational Interviewing skills: a two-and-a-half-year exploratory study
Forsberg L, Forsberg Lg, Lindqvist H, Helgason Ar
SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PREVENTION AND POLICY 2010;:8-

Identifying obstacles to participation in a questionnaire survey on widowers' grief
Skulason B, Helgason Ar
BMC palliative care 2010;9():7-

Perceived parental reactions and peer respect as predictors of adolescent cigarette smoking and alcohol use
Kristjansson Al, Sigfusdottir Id, James Je, Allegrante Jp, Helgason Ar
ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS 2010;35(3):256-9

Adolescent Health Behavior, Contentment in School, and Academic Achievement
Kristjansson Al, Sigfusdottir Id, Allegrante Jp, Helgason Ar
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR 2009;33(1):69-79

Comparison of a high and a low intensity smoking cessation intervention in a dentistry setting in Sweden - a randomized trial
Nohlert E, Tegelberg A, Tillgren P, Johansson P, Rosenblad A, Helgason Ar
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2009;:121-

Parental divorce and adolescent cigarette smoking and alcohol use: assessing the importance of family conflict
Kristjansson Al, Sigfusdottir Id, Allegrante Jp, Helgason Ar
ACTA PAEDIATRICA 2009;98(3):537-42

A test of the validity of the motivational interviewing treatment integrity code
Forsberg L, Berman Ah, Kallmén H, Hermansson U, Helgason Ar
Cognitive behaviour therapy 2008;37(3):183-91

Social correlates of cigarette smoking among Icelandic adolescents: A population-based cross-sectional study
Kristjansson Al, Sigfusdottir Id, Allegrante Jp, Helgason Ar
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2008;:86-

Coding counsellor behaviour in motivational interviewing sessions: inter-rater reliability for the Swedish Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Code (MITI)
Forsberg L, Källmén H, Hermansson U, Berman Ah, Helgason Ar
Cognitive behaviour therapy 2007;36(3):162-9

Comparison of dose-response relations of anal sphincter and anal canal regarding the radiation effects of faecal leakage and blood or phlegm in stools from prostate cancer radiotherapy
Komisopoulos G, Al-abany M, Plataniotis G, Helgason A, Agren Cronqvist Ak, Wersall P, et al
RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY 2006;:S441-S442

Disseminating evidence from health technology assessment: The case of tobacco prevention
Axelsson S, Helgason Ar, Lund Ke, Adolfsson J
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE 2006;22(4):500-5

Reliability of assessment of urgency and other symptoms indicating anal sphincter, large bowel or urinary dysfunction
Al-abany M, Helgason Ar, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF UROLOGY AND NEPHROLOGY 2006;40(5):397-408

Smoking cessation in general practice: The effects of a quitline
Boldemann C, Gilljam H, Lund Ke, Helgason Sr
NICOTINE & TOBACCO RESEARCH 2006;8(6):785-90

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
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2005;:52-

Dose-response relations for anal sphincter regarding fecal leakage and blood or phlegm in stools after radiotherapy for prostate cancer - Radiobiological study of 65 consecutive patients
Mavroidis P, Al-abany M, Helgason Ar, Cronqvist Aka, Wersall P, Lind H, et al
STRAHLENTHERAPIE UND ONKOLOGIE 2005;181(5):293-306

Dose-response relations for faecal leakage and blood or phlegm in stools related to anal sphincter irradiation from prostate cancer radiotherapy
Mavroidis P, Al-abany M, Helgason Ar, Cronqvist Aka, Wersall P, Lind H, et al
RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY 2005;:S22-S23

Environmental tobacco smoke in Norwegian homes, 1995 and 2001: changes in children's exposure and parents attitudes and health risk awareness
Lund Ke, Helgason Ar
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2005;15(2):123-7

Need for and access to bereavement support after loss of a husband to urologic cancers: a nationwide follow-up of Swedish widows
Valdimarsdottir U, Helgason Ar, Furst Cj, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF UROLOGY AND NEPHROLOGY 2005;39(4):271-6

Toward a definition of a threshold for harmless doses to the anal-sphincter region and the rectum
Al-abany M, Helgason Ar, Cronqvist Aka, Lind B, Mavroidis P, Wersall P, et al
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS 2005;61(4):1035-44

Awareness of husband's impending death from cancer and long-term anxiety in widowhood: a nationwide follow-up
Valdimarsdottir U, Helgason Ar, Furst Cj, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
PALLIATIVE MEDICINE 2004;18(5):432-43

[Changes in reporting on passive smoking by parents of small children]
Lund Ke, Helgason Ar, Andersen M
Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke 2004;124(1):16-9

Dose to the anal sphincter region and risk of fecal leakage
Al-abany M, Helgason Ar, Cronqvist Aka, Lind B, Mavroidis P, Wersall P, et al
ACTA ONCOLOGICA 2004;43(1):117-8

Emotional support for prostate cancer patients - Effects on psychological well-being
Helgason Ar, Dickman Pw, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY 2004;13(8):S213-S213

Factors related to abstinence in a telephone helpline for smoking cessation
Helgason Ar, Tomson T, Lund Ke, Galanti R, Ahnve S, Gilljam H
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2004;14(3):306-10

Quitline on smoking cessation: A cost-effectiveness analysis
Tomson T, Helgason Ar, Gilljam H
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE 2004;20(4):469-74

The importance of assessing the readiness to change sun-protection behaviours: a population-based study
Kristjansson S, Ullen H, Helgason Ar
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER 2004;40(18):2773-80

Towards a definition of a threshold for harmless doses to the anal-sphincter region and the rectum
Al-abany M, Helgason Ar, Agren A, Lind B, Mavroidis P, Wersall P, et al
RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY 2004;:S408-S409

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

Long-term effects of widowhood after terminal cancer: a Swedish nationwide follow-up
Valdimarsdottir U, Helgason Ar, Furst Cj, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2003;31(1):31-6

Tobacco prevention in Swedish dental care
Helgason Ar, Lund Ke, Adolfsson J, Axelsson S
COMMUNITY DENTISTRY AND ORAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 2003;31(5):378-85

Transtheoretical model: investigation of adolescents' sunbathing behaviour
Kristjansson S, Branstrom R, Ullen H, Helgason Ar
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION 2003;12(6):501-8

'You and Your Skin': a short-duration presentation of skin cancer prevention for teenagers
Kristjansson S, Helgason Ar, Mansson-brahme E, Widlund-ivarson B, Ullen H
HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH 2003;18(1):88-97

General practitioners' perceived barriers to smoking cessation - results from four Nordic countries
Helgason Ar, Lund Ke
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2002;30(2):141-7

Long-term symptoms after external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer with three or four fields
Al-albany M, Helgason Ar, Cronqvist Aka, Svensson C, Wersall P, Steineck G
ACTA ONCOLOGICA 2002;41(6):532-42

Smoking cessation: gender on the agenda
Galanti Mr, Ivarsson Bh, Helgason Ar, Gilljam H
DRUGS-EDUCATION PREVENTION AND POLICY 2002;9(1):71-84

Symptom documentation in cancer survivors as a basis for therapy modifications
Steineck G, Bergmark K, Henningsohn L, Al-abany M, Dickman Pw, Helgason A
ACTA ONCOLOGICA 2002;41(3):244-52

The unrecognised cost of cancer patients' unrelieved symptoms: a nationwide follow-up of their surviving partners
Valdimarsdottir U, Helgason Ar, Furst Cj, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER 2002;86(10):1540-5

Emotional isolation. prevalence and the effect on wellbeing among 50-80-year-old prostate cancer patients
Helgason Ar, Dickman Pw, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF UROLOGY AND NEPHROLOGY 2001;35(2):97-101

Environmental tobacco smoke exposure of young children--attitudes and health-risk awareness in the Nordic countries
Helgason Ar, Lund Ke
Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2001;3(4):341-5

Readiness to change sun-protective behaviour
Kristjansson S, Helgason Ar, Rosdahl I, Holm Le, Ullen H
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER PREVENTION 2001;10(3):289-96

[Treating tobacco addiction. Praxis and barriers amongst Icelandic general practitioners.]
Helgason Ar, Heimisson P, Lund Ke
Laeknabladid 2001;87(1):41-5

[Do health personnel talk about passive smoking with parents of small children?]
Lund Ke, Andersen M, Bakke P, Gallefoss F, Helgason Ar
Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke 2000;120(14):1616-21

Improving the preservation of erectile function after external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer
Al-abany M, Steineck G, Cronqvist Aka, Helgason Ar
RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY 2000;57(2):201-6

[Why do health personnel neglect to talk about passive smoking with parents of small children?]
Lund Ke, Helgason Ar
Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke 2000;120(14):1622-6

[Sexual function and its importance for the well-being of elderly men. The ethical dilemma of subsidizing treatment for waning erection stiffness.]
Helgason Ar
Laeknabladid 1999;85(2):125-8

Children's residential exposure to environmental tobacco smoke varies greatly between the Nordic countries
Lund Ke, Skrondal A, Vertio H, Helgason Ar
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL MEDICINE 1998;26(2):115-20

Distress due to unwanted side-effects of prostate cancer treatment is related to impaired well-being (quality of life)
Helgason Ar, Adolfsson J, Dickman P, Fredrikson M, Steineck G
PROSTATE CANCER AND PROSTATIC DISEASES 1998;1(3):128-133

'Potency': the validation of information from a self-administered questionnaire using objective measurements of night-time erections and test-retest reliability
Helgason Ar, Arver S, Adolfsson J, Dickman P, Granath F, Steineck G
BRITISH JOURNAL OF UROLOGY 1998;81(1):135-41

To what extent do parents strive to protect their children from environmental tobacco smoke in the Nordic countries? A population-based study
Lund Ke, Skrondal A, Vertio H, Helgason Ar
TOBACCO CONTROL 1998;7(1):56-60

Urinary and bowel symptoms in men with and without prostate cancer: Results from an observational study in the Stockholm area
Adolfsson J, Helgason Ar, Dickman P, Steineck G
EUROPEAN UROLOGY 1998;33(1):11-6

Factors associated with waning sexual function among elderly men and prostate cancer patients
Helgason Ar, Adolfsson J, Dickman P, Arver S, Fredrikson M, Steineck G
JOURNAL OF UROLOGY 1997;158(1):155-9

Sexual desire, erection, orgasm and ejaculatory functions and their importance to elderly Swedish men: A population-based study
Helgason Ar, Adolfsson J, Dickman P, Arver S, Fredrikson M, Gothberg M, et al
AGE AND AGEING 1996;25(4):285-91

Waning sexual function - The most important disease-specific distress for patients with prostate cancer
Helgason A, Adolfsson J, Dickman P, Fredrikson M, Arver S, Steineck G
BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER 1996;73(11):1417-21

DECREASED SEXUAL CAPACITY AFTER EXTERNAL RADIATION-THERAPY FOR PROSTATE-CANCER IMPAIRS QUALITY-OF-LIFE
Helgason Ar, Frederikson M, Adolfsson J, Steineck G
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION ONCOLOGY BIOLOGY PHYSICS 1995;32(1):33-9

INTROVERTS GIVE UP SMOKING MORE OFTEN THAN EXTROVERTS
Helgason Ar, Fredrikson M, Dyba T, Steineck G
PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES 1995;18(4):559-560

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