Division of Innovative Care Research

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Innovative Care focus on conducting high quality, health care science-relevant research through multi-disciplinary collaboration.

A common focus has been on studying experiences of different aspects of cancer, HIV and other potentially life-threatening but often long-lasting conditions, along the sickness trajectory from risk through diagnosis and treatment, through palliative and end-of-life care.  In order to better support the implementation of research in practice we also conduct research on organization, knowledge and change management.

A theoretical and methodological common denominator is a focus on stakeholder experiences to generate new knowledge.

To reach our goals and to strengthen common research themes, we collaborate with well-renowned researchers nationally and internationally. We also connect research grounded in health care sciences with life sciences, social sciences and art/design and by linking research with education and practice we improve its translation into practice.


Research group

Research group leader, Division Lead

Senior lecturer

Lars E Eriksson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 838 31
Organizational unit: Innovative Care Research
E-mail: Lars.Eriksson@ki.se

Research group leader, Deputy Division Lead


Carol Tishelman

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 837 44
Organizational unit: Innovative Care Research
E-mail: Carol.Tishelman@ki.se

Research group members

Mohammad Tanvir AhamedPhD student, Graduate Student
Jane E BallAssociated
Peter BerggrenAssociated
Britt-Marie BernhardsonProject Manager
Dean CarsonAssociated
Anette Edin-LiljegrenAssociated
Lars E ErikssonSenior lecturer
Ida GoliathAssistant professor
Peter GriffithsVisiting professor
Malin HenrikssonPhD student, Graduate Student
Therese JohanssonPhD student, Graduate Student
Max KleijbergPhD student, Graduate Student
Maria Lindberg ReiniusProject coordinator
Rikard LindqvistProject coordinator
Ylva OrrevallAssociated
Sara RunesdotterStatistician
Sophia SavageProject Manager
Lena SharpAssociated
Lisa Smeds AleniusGraduate Student
Anneli StranzAssociated
Carol TishelmanProfessor

Lena Kroik Graduate Student (Umeå Universitet)



DöBra is a research program that includes a number of different projects. Through a preventive public health perspective, they all aim at strengthening individuals, families and staff to better handle issues related to the end of life.

Researchers: Olav Lindqvist (researcher), Carol Tishelman (professor), Ida Goliath (assistant professor), Malin Henriksson (PhD student), Max Kleijberg (PhD student), Lena Kroik (PhD student), Therese Johansson (research assistant).

Read more about the research program and the various projects on the website www.dobra.se.

To facilitate diagnosis of lung cancer; combined perspectives from the perceived and the biological body

The Patient EXperience of their bodily changes for Lung Cancer investigation (PEX-LC) examines how subjective experiences can be linked to clinical, metabolic and molecular changes, to facilitate early detection of lung cancer.

Researchers: Lars E Eriksson (PI), Carol Tishelman (professor), Maria Pernemalm (assistant professor), Janne Lehtiö (professor), 
Adrian Levitsky (postdoc), Britt-Marie Bernhardson (project leader), Sara Runesdotter (statistician), Mohammad Tanvir Ahamed (PhD student).

SOL project

In the project we have investigated how people with cancer experience that their taste and smell senses are affected in different stages of their cancer disease. We have also related this to other problems, well-being and food intake.

Researchers: Britt-Marie Bernhardson (PI), Kerstin Belqaid (PhD), Carol Tishelman (professor), Ylva Orrevall (PhD) and Eva Månsson Brahme (PhD).


The Registered Nurse Forecasting in Europe project (RN4CAST) was a multinational project of 16 participating countries aiming at contributing to new innovative ways of assessing the needs for healthcare professionals.

Researchers: Carol Tishelman (professor), Rikard Lindqvist (project coordinator), Lisa Smeds Alenius (doctoral student), Sara Runesdotter (statistician)
Read more about the project.

Disease-related stigma and quality of life for people living with mrsa or HIV infection

The overall objective of the project is to map the life situation of people living with mrsa and HIV, and to investigate the relationships between disease-related stigma and health-related quality of life in these groups.

Researchers: Lars E Eriksson (PI), Lena Wettergren (lecturer), Veronica Svedhem (lecturer), Maria Reinius (PhD student), Gudrun Lindh (lecturer).

Activities and Events

DöBra-dagen, 12 oktober 2017 (in Swedish)

DöBra-dagen, 24 augusti 2016 (in Swedish)

Design in academic health care, 10 Dec 2015 (in English)

Innovative Care in media

Innovativ vård i media (in Swedish)

Selected publications and reports

Meeting the future bio-behavioral healthcare sciences - Innovations for Healthcare Science, Innovative Care Report 1

Meeting Health Care Challenges, Innovative Care Report 2

Patients' initial steps to cancer diagnosis in Denmark, England and Sweden: what can a qualitative, cross-country comparison of narrative interviews tell us about potentially modifiable factors?
MacArtney J, Malmström M, Overgaard Nielsen T, Evans J, Bernhardson B, Hajdarevic S, et al
BMJ Open 2017 Nov;7(11):e018210

Beyond the visual and verbal: Using participant-produced photographs in research on the surroundings for care at the end-of-life.
Tishelman C, Lindqvist O, Hajdarevic S, Rasmussen B, Goliath I
Soc Sci Med 2016 11;168():120-129

Going public: reflections on developing the DöBra research program for health-promoting palliative care in Sweden.
Lindqvist O, Tishelman C
Prog Palliat Care 2016 Jan;24(1):19-24

Room for Death--International museum-visitors' preferences regarding the end of their life.
Lindqvist O, Tishelman C
Soc Sci Med 2015 Aug;139():1-8

Opening the doors a crack wider: palliative care research data in the public domain.
Lindqvist O, Rasmussen B, Fürst C, Tishelman C,
BMJ Support Palliat Care 2016 Mar;6(1):113-5

Development of a Self-Help Web-Based Intervention Targeting Young Cancer Patients With Sexual Problems and Fertility Distress in Collaboration With Patient Research Partners.
Winterling J, Wiklander M, Obol C, Lampic C, Eriksson L, Pelters B, et al
JMIR Res Protoc 2016 Apr;5(2):e60

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