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About me

Born in Denmark and educated physican -82. Moved to Sweden with my family 1985 and became a senior consultant in Geriatric Medicine -90. After 15 years as Head of Geriatric Department (in the Highlandhospital and the teaching hospital in Linköping) I began my research career in 2007.

Defended the thesis “Frail old patients partipation in medical decision making” in 2012 which revealed a care in hospital not adapted to frail old patients and their needs.

Through many years been the President of the Swedish Society of Geriatric Medicine and are at present the General Secretary in the European Geriatric Medicine Societies (EUGMS).

Have the function as Scientific Counsellor to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and work with the update of the guidelines for Dementia.

Clinically I work as a senior consultant and researcher at Helsingborg Hospital in the Acute Geriatric Ward.


1982: Bachelor in medicine (physician) 1982, University of Aarhus, Denmark

1984: License to practise medicine in Denmark

1986: License to practise medicine in Sweden

1990: Specialist in Geriatric Medicine, Sweden

2012: Doctoral degree, Medical Science


Research description

 After the completion of my thesis with the focus on patient participation in medical decision-making and with a qualitative methology my focus has changed to the effects on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) and frailty

From 2010 to 2015 I was  project leader of the “Age-FIT”-trial (Ambulatory Geriatric Frailty Intervention Trial). Clinical Trials no NCT01446757 where main focus is the effects of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment on outcomes such as health economy and frailty.

The main results were published in 2015 and 2016 and showed more security with the care, less need of days in hospital and better survival for the patients in the intervention group.

In 2016 I am project leader of a new RCT (Geriatric OutPatient Care (GerPOCa) studying the effect of CGA (Clinical Trials no NCT02923843) addressing old people seeking care often in the Emergency Room. Primary Outcome will be days in hospital and secondary outcomes health-economy, functionality and mortality.

I am affiliated to Karolinska since 2013 to the division of Clinical Geriatrics and are the main supervisor of Amelie Lind Mazya. Her project is focusing on frailty.

Since 2016 I became affiliated also to Lunds University where I have my other doctoral student Karol Biegus as main supervisor.

Teaching portfolio

I have recently taken part of the development of a pre-graduate core curriculum in Geriatric medicine on an European level as one of the members of the Delphi panel (Masud T, Blundell A, Gordon AL, Mulpeter K, Roller R, Singler K, et al. European undergraduate curriculum in geriatric medicine developed using an international modified Delphi technique. Age and Ageing. 2014.)

My main areas of teaching are dementia, patient participation, Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, Frailty, Acute geriatrics, gerontology and geriatric medicine in general.

My current teaching-activity is as supervisor of medical students in a special student-driven ward, Lunds University, Campus Helsingborg. 


Academic honours, awards and prizes

Was nominated as a medical tutor by the medical students (“Kandidat Kork”) at Linköping University 2001. 

In 2008 I was awarded with the "Jubilee-price" of the Hospital in Norrkoeping for my work with diagnosing dementia in Primary Care.

In 2011 I was awarded the Swedish Association of Geriatric Medicine’s price of important clinical development  for “successful and significant geriatric and clinical research, development and teaching”. 




Comprehensive geriatric assessment pilot of a randomized control study in a Swedish acute hospital: a feasibility study
Westgård T, Ottenvall Hammar I, Holmgren E, Ehrenberg A, Wisten A, Ekdahl Aw, et al
Pilot and feasibility studies 2018;4():41-

Cost-effectiveness of comprehensive geriatric assessment at an ambulatory geriatric unit based on the AGe-FIT trial
Lundqvist M, Alwin J, Henriksson M, Husberg M, Carlsson P, Ekdahl Aw
BMC geriatrics 2018;18(1):32-

Effectiveness of Intensive Primary Care
Ekdahl Aw
Journal of general internal medicine 2018;33(7):995-

Standard set of health outcome measures for older persons
Akpan A, Roberts C, Bandeen-roche K, Batty B, Bausewein C, Bell D, et al
BMC geriatrics 2018;18(1):36-

Living Unnoticed: Cognitive Impairment in Older People with Multimorbidity
Ekdahl Aw, Odzakovic E, Hellström I
The journal of nutrition, health & aging 2016;20(3):275-9

Long-Term Evaluation of the Ambulatory Geriatric Assessment: A Frailty Intervention Trial (AGe-FIT): Clinical Outcomes and Total Costs After 36 Months
Ekdahl Aw, Alwin J, Eckerblad J, Husberg M, Jaarsma T, Mazya Al, et al
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2016;17(3):263-8

Symptom trajectory and symptom burden in older people with multimorbidity, secondary outcome from the RCT AGe-FIT study
Eckerblad J, Theander K, Ekdahl Aw, Jaarsma T
Journal of advanced nursing 2016;72(11):2773-2783

Costs and Effects of an Ambulatory Geriatric Unit (the AGe-FIT Study): A Randomized Controlled Trial
Ekdahl Aw, Wirehn Ab, Alwin J, Jaarsma T, Unosson M, Husberg M, et al
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2015;16(6):497-503

[Elderly with multiple diseases need individualized emergency care]
Ekdahl A
Lakartidningen 2015;112():-

Frailty and comprehensive geriatric assessment organized as CGA-ward or CGA-consult for older adult patients in the acute care setting: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Ekdahl Aw, Sjostrand F, Ehrenberg A, Oredsson S, Stavenow L, Wisten A, et al

Symptom burden in community-dwelling older people with multimorbidity: a cross-sectional study
Eckerblad J, Theander K, Ekdahl A, Unosson M, Wirehn Ab, Milberg A, et al
BMC geriatrics 2015;15():1-

The importance of studying personality traits and pain in the oldest adults
Ekdahl Aw
Scandinavian journal of pain 2015;7(1):1-2

To adjust and endure: a qualitative study from older cardiac patients with multimorbidity
Eckerblad J, Theander K, Ekdahl A, Jaarsma T, Hellstrom I

To adjust and endure: a qualitative study of symptom burden in older people with multimorbidity
Eckerblad J, Theander K, Ekdahl A, Jaarsma T, Hellstrom I
Applied nursing research : ANR 2015;28(4):322-7

[University studies plan in geriatric medicine developed using a modified Delphi technique]
En Representación Del Servicio De Traducciones Del Instituto De Investigación Biomédica De Vigo/traducciones Sprint, Vilches-moraga A, Ariño-blasco S, Verdejo-bravo C, Mateos-nozal J
Revista espanola de geriatria y gerontologia 2015;50(2):82-8

[Care of frail elderly patients--evidence-based approach exists]
Ekdahl Aw, Ivanoff Sd, Ehrenberg A, Oredsson S, Sjöstrand F, Stavenow L, et al
Lakartidningen 2014;111(7):256-7

The organisation of hospitals and the remuneration systems are not adapted to frail old patients giving them bad quality of care and the staff feelings of guilt and frustration
Ekdahl Aw

The Ambulatory Geriatric Assessment - a Frailty Intervention Trial (AGe-FIT) - A randomised controlled trial aimed to prevent hospital readmissions and functional deterioration in high risk older adults: A study protocol
Mazya Al, Eckerblad J, Jaarsma T, Hellstrom I, Krevers B, Milberg A, et al

'Are decisions about discharge of elderly hospital patients mainly about freeing blocked beds?' A qualitative observational study
Ekdahl Aw, Linderholm M, Hellstrom I, Andersson L, Friedrichsen M
BMJ OPEN 2012;2(6):-

How to promote better care of elderly patients with multi-morbidity in Europe: A Swedish example
Ekdahl Aw

Too complex and time-consuming to fit in! Physicians' experiences of elderly patients and their participation in medical decision making: a grounded theory study
Ekdahl Aw, Hellstrom I, Andersson L, Friedrichsen M
BMJ OPEN 2012;2(3):-

Are elderly people with co-morbidities involved adequately in medical decision making when hospitalised? A cross-sectional survey
Ekdahl Aw, Andersson L, Wirehn Ab, Friedrichsen M

"They do what they think is the best for me." Frail elderly patients' preferences for participation in their care during hospitalization
Ekdahl Aw, Andersson L, Friedrichsen M

[Better care for elderly with multiple comorbidity]
Eklund-grönberg A, Köhler M, Ekdahl A, Modin S, Sjöberg A
Lakartidningen 2009;106(40):2512-3

[Geriatrics training not sufficient for future needs]
Ekdahl A
Lakartidningen 2009;106(37):2260-

[The scope of geriatric education: decisive for future health care]
Ekdahl A, Sjöberg A, Nordström P, Salal D
Lakartidningen 2009;106(40):2552-

[A union is the wrong way to go]
Eklund-grönberg A, Ekdahl A
Lakartidningen 2008;105(12-13):920-

Donepezil in Alzheimer's disease: what to expect after 3 years of treatment in a routine clinical setting
Swedish Alzheimer Treatment Study Group, Wallin Ak, Andreasen N, Eriksson S, Båtsman S, Nasman B, et al
Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders 2007;23(3):150-60

[A new program for better clinical supervision of students. A joint project at the Halsouniversitet and county council in Ostergotland]
Hammar M, Asp M, Berlin G, Dahlström U, Eintrei C, Ekdahl A, et al
Lakartidningen 2006;103(9):649-50

An economic evaluation of donepezil in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease: results of a 1-year, double-blind, randomized trial
Donepezil Nordic Study Group, Wimo A, Winblad B, Engedal K, Soininen H, Verhey F, et al
Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders 2003;15(1):44-54

Tacrine and rate of progression in Alzheimer's disease--relation to ApoE allele genotype
Sjögren M, Hesse C, Basun H, Köl G, Thostrup H, Kilander L, et al
Journal of neural transmission (Vienna, Austria : 1996) 2001;108(4):451-8

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