Health services and social work research

The research group develops new knowledge based on the importance of external societal as well as intra- and interpersonal factors for the health and well-being of patients and their relatives. The research agenda also addresses interprofessional and interorganizational collaboration.

Knowledge gaps addressed are for instance the collaboration between different organizational units, care transitions from hospital to home, co-creation of new interventions, how to increase person-centeredness and health literacy for people with stroke. Another research aim is to increase knowledge about the situation of people with acquired brain injuries in terms of experiences of participation and belonging in society. Clinical sexology with a focus on sexual function and ability and life satisfaction are other research areas addressed by the research group. Other areas attended to are the social and psychological aspects of living with cancer, both the patient as well as the afflicted family, and the use of mobile interactive interventions to support people living with cancer.

The research group collaborates with the medical units Social work in health care, Physiotherapy and occupational therapy, Theme Heart & vessels and neuro at Karolinska University Hospital, Academic primary care center and FOU nu in Region Stockholm. The research group collaborates with other universities Dalarna University, Södertörn University, Stockholm University, Marie Cederschiöld University, and Gothenburg University.

Research Group Leader


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Lena Von Koch

Research Group Leader

Research Group


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Maria Flink

Adjunct Lecturer
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Aina Johnsson

Affiliated to Research
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Lill Hultman

Postdoctoral Studies
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Sebastian Lindblom

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Marie Nilsson

Affiliated to Teaching/Tutoring
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Veronica Svärd

Affiliated To Research;Affiliated to Research
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Malin Tistad

Affiliated to Research
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Jannike Vikan

Phd Student

Other Members

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Eva Lagging

Phd Student

Tina Lundberg

Fil dr, postdoktor vid Marie Cederschiöld högskola

Research Projects

PhD-project: Sexual Health during specialized stroke rehabilitation. Consequences for patients and their partners and the role of health care professionals.

Researchers: Kerstin Sjögren Fugl-Meyer, Marie Nilsson and PhD candidate Jannike Vikan

Selected Publications

Health literacy is associated with less depression symptoms, higher perceived recovery, higher perceived participation, and walking ability one year after stroke - a cross-sectional study.
Flink M, Lindblom S, von Koch L, Carlsson AC, Ytterberg C
Top Stroke Rehabil 2023 Feb;():1-7

The Use of Teach Back at Hospital Discharge to Support Self-Management of Prescribed Medication for Secondary Prevention after Stroke-Findings from A Feasibility Study.
Lindblom S, Ytterberg C, Flink M, Carlsson AC, Stenberg U, Tistad M, von Koch L, Laska AC
Healthcare (Basel) 2023 Jan;11(3):

Patients' with Multimorbidity and Psychosocial Difficulties and Their Views on Important Professional Competence for Rehabilitation Coordinators in the Return-to-Work Process.
Azad A, Svärd V
Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 09;18(19):

The sense of coherence scale in a clinical nursing perspective: A scoping review.
Sundberg K, Nilsson M, Petersson LM, Kenne Sarenmalm E, Langius-Eklöf A
J Clin Nurs 2021 Sep;():

How is the environment integrated into post-stroke rehabilitation? A qualitative study among community-dwelling persons with stroke who receive home rehabilitation in Sweden.
Kylén M, Ytterberg C, von Koch L, Elf M
Health Soc Care Community 2021 Sep;():

Poor Psychosocial Well-Being in the First Year-and-a-Half After Losing a Parent to Cancer - A Longitudinal Study Among Young Adults Participating in Support Groups.
Lundberg T, Forinder U, Olsson M, Fürst CJ, Årestedt K, Alvariza A
J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care ;16(4):330-345

Perceptive Dialogue for Linking Stakeholders and Units During Care Transitions - A Qualitative Study of People with Stroke, Significant Others and Healthcare Professionals in Sweden.
Lindblom S, Ytterberg C, Elf M, Flink M
Int J Integr Care 2020 Mar;20(1):11

Health social workers' assessments as part of a specialized pain rehabilitation: a clinical data-mining study.
Larsson K, Fredriksson RK, Sjogren Fugl-Meyer K
Soc Work Health Care ;58(10):936-951

Sexual health policies in stroke rehabilitation: A multi national study.
Vikan JK, Nilsson MI, Bushnik T, Deng W, Elessi K, Frost-Bareket Y, Kovrigina E, Shahwan J, Snekkevik H, Åkesson E, Stanghelle JK, Fugl-Meyer KS
J Rehabil Med 2019 May;51(5):361-368

A medical social work perspective on rehabilitation.
Fugl-Meyer KS
J Rehabil Med 2016 Oct;48(9):758-763

Content reviewer:
Annika Clemes