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Neuroepidemiology and Health Services Research

Neuroepidemiology and health services research is an interdisciplinary field of research. Our research aims to contribute to improved health in people with neurological disability and in their families.

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Our research includes studies of associations between neurological disease/injury and health, function, activity and participation in society among individuals and their families. Also health care interventions are studied, both from an individual, group and a social perspective, as well as the overall relation to efficiency and cost.

Our research group also study needs for health care interventions, in people with neurological disabilities and their families, as well as utilization of these efforts and satisfaction with care.

The area has great breadth and variety in terms of content and scientific methodology and includes both observational studies and intervention studies.

Research projects/activities

Group leader

Charlotte Ytterberg

Senior lecturer/physcial therapist
H1 Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society

Group members

Kristina Gottberg, senior lecturer
Sverker Johansson, docent, senior lecturer
Marie Kierkegaard, associate professor, senior lecturer
​Sebastian Lindblom, PhD student
Disa Sommerfeld, associate professor, senior lecturer
Lotta Widén Holmqvist, senior professor

Lisbeth Rosenbek Minet (affiliated)

Collaborators and partners

List of collaborators and partners.

Theses

List of published theses within the resesarch group.

Selected scientific publications

A 10-year follow-up of a population-based study of people with multiple sclerosis in Stockholm, Sweden: changes in health-related quality of life and the value of different factors in predicting health-related quality of life.
Chruzander C, Ytterberg C, Gottberg K, Einarsson U, Widén Holmqvist L, Johansson S
J. Neurol. Sci. 2014 Apr;339(1-2):57-63

A population-based study of fall risk factors among people with multiple sclerosis in Stockholm county.
Ytterberg C, Einarsson U, Holmqvist LW, Peterson EW
J Rehabil Med 2013 May;45(5):452-7

A 10-year follow-up of a population-based study of people with multiple sclerosis in Stockholm, Sweden: changes in disability and the value of different factors in predicting disability and mortality.
Chruzander C, Johansson S, Gottberg K, Einarsson U, Fredrikson S, Holmqvist LW, et al
J. Neurol. Sci. 2013 Sep;332(1-2):121-7

Effects of hand-training in persons with myotonic dystrophy type 1--a randomised controlled cross-over pilot study.
Aldehag A, Jonsson H, Lindblad J, Kottorp A, Ansved T, Kierkegaard M
Disabil Rehabil 2013 Oct;35(21):1798-807

Pain following stroke, initially and at 3 and 18 months after stroke, and its association with other disabilities.
Sommerfeld DK, Welmer AK
Eur. J. Neurol. 2012 Oct;19(10):1325-30

The relationship between walking, manual dexterity, cognition and activity/participation in persons with multiple sclerosis.
Kierkegaard M, Einarsson U, Gottberg K, von Koch L, Holmqvist LW
Mult. Scler. 2012 May;18(5):639-46

A consensus on stroke: early supported discharge.
Fisher RJ, Gaynor C, Kerr M, Langhorne P, Anderson C, Bautz-Holter E, et al
Stroke 2011 May;42(5):1392-7

Functioning and disability in adults with myotonic dystrophy type 1.
Kierkegaard M, Harms-Ringdahl K, Holmqvist LW, Tollbäck A
Disabil Rehabil 2011 ;33(19-20):1826-36

Feasibility and effects of a physical exercise programme in adults with myotonic dystrophy type 1: a randomized controlled pilot study.
Kierkegaard M, Harms-Ringdahl K, Edström L, Widén Holmqvist L, Tollbäck A
J Rehabil Med 2011 Jul;43(8):695-702

Location and severity of spasticity in the first 1-2 weeks and at 3 and 18 months after stroke.
Welmer AK, Widén Holmqvist L, Sommerfeld DK
Eur. J. Neurol. 2010 May;17(5):720-5

Use of health services in people with multiple sclerosis with and without fatigue.
Johansson S, Ytterberg C, Gottberg K, Widén Holmqvist L, von Koch L
Mult. Scler. 2009 Jan;15(1):88-95

Spasticity and its association with functioning and health-related quality of life 18 months after stroke.
Welmer AK, von Arbin M, Widén Holmqvist L, Sommerfeld DK
Cerebrovasc. Dis. 2006 ;21(4):247-53

Longitudinal variations and predictors of increased perceived impact of multiple sclerosis, a two-year study.
Ytterberg C, Johansson S, Holmqvist LW, von Koch L
J. Neurol. Sci. 2008 Jul;270(1-2):53-9

Limited fine hand use after stroke and its association with other disabilities.
Welmer AK, Holmqvist LW, Sommerfeld DK
J Rehabil Med 2008 Aug;40(8):603-8

A longitudinal study of variations in and predictors of fatigue in multiple sclerosis.
Johansson S, Ytterberg C, Hillert J, Widén Holmqvist L, von Koch L
J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatry 2008 Apr;79(4):454-7

Variations in functioning and disability in multiple sclerosis. A two-year prospective study.
Ytterberg C, Johansson S, Andersson M, Widén Holmqvist L, von Koch L
J. Neurol. 2008 Jul;255(7):967-73

High concurrent presence of disability in multiple sclerosis. Associations with perceived health.
Johansson S, Ytterberg C, Claesson IM, Lindberg J, Hillert J, Andersson M, et al
J. Neurol. 2007 Jun;254(6):767-73

Reliability and feasibility of the six minute walk test in subjects with myotonic dystrophy.
Kierkegaard M, Tollbäck A
Neuromuscul. Disord. 2007 Dec;17(11-12):943-9

Hemiplegic limb synergies in stroke patients.
Welmer AK, Holmqvist LW, Sommerfeld DK
Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2006 Feb;85(2):112-9

Health-related quality of life in a population-based sample of people with multiple sclerosis in Stockholm County.
Gottberg K, Einarsson U, Ytterberg C, de Pedro Cuesta J, Fredrikson S, von Koch L, et al
Mult. Scler. 2006 Oct;12(5):605-12

Cognitive and motor function in people with multiple sclerosis in Stockholm County.
Einarsson U, Gottberg K, von Koch L, Fredrikson S, Ytterberg C, Jin YP, et al
Mult. Scler. 2006 Jun;12(3):340-53

Early supported discharge services for stroke patients: a meta-analysis of individual patients' data.
Langhorne P, Taylor G, Murray G, Dennis M, Anderson C, Bautz-Holter E, et al
Lancet ;365(9458):501-6

Spasticity after stroke: its occurrence and association with motor impairments and activity limitations.
Sommerfeld DK, Eek EU, Svensson AK, Holmqvist LW, von Arbin MH
Stroke 2004 Jan;35(1):134-9

Other selected publications

SBU-rapport 2015. Tidig koordinerad utskrivning och fortsatt rehabilitering i hemmiljö för äldre efter stroke

Chruzander C, Johansson S, Gottberg K, Einarsson U, Fredrikson S, Holmqvist LW, Ytterberg C. Förändring i funktionstillstånd över tid och prediktorer för förändring och mortalitet hos personer med multipel skleros. Best practice Multipel Skleros 2013 Dec;4:22-25.

Ytterberg C, Lundqvist S, Johansson S. Användning av hälso- och sjukvård under två år hos personer med multipel skleros med respektive utan depressiva symtom. Best practice Multipel Skleros 2014 May;6:12-14.