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About me

I'm a doctoral student with a background in Public Health Science and a specialization in Health Promotion and Health Economics. My research is about tobacco cessation.

My thesis aims to explore whether a prescription approach can be used to facilitate tobacco cessation in primary health care with a focus on socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in Stockholm County. 

Education

  • Ongoing - Doctoral Degree, Karolinska Institutet
  • 2014 - Master's Degree in Public Health Science with a specialization in Health Economics, Policy and Management, Karolinska Institutet
  • 2010 - Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Science with a specialization in Physical Activity, The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences

Research description

Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death in the world, responsible for about 8% of the total disease burden in Sweden. The prevalence of tobacco use in Sweden is unevenly distributed in the population with a higher prevalence among socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, contributing to inequalities in health. Tobacco use is also associated with increased costs for individuals, the health care system and society. Quitting tobacco use can reduce the risk of becoming ill or dying from a tobacco-related disease. Therefore, The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare has developed National guidelines for health promotion where treatment for tobacco cessation is included. The guidelines recommend that all high-risk tobacco users, including socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, should be offered treatment. Despite this, relatively few receive treatment for tobacco cessation from the health care system and high-risk groups that have an increased need for support are often not reached.

In the Swedish health care system, primary health care has the main responsibility for health promotion. Socioeconomically disadvantaged groups also have more contact with primary health care compared to other groups. Therefore, primary health care can be seen as an important setting to work with tobacco cessation and to improve cessation support to this target group.

Tobacco Cessation on Prescription is a new treatment method that is based on the results from an interview study where patients, health care providers and experts on other lifestyle interventions on prescription were asked about their preferences regarding the design of a prescription approach to tobacco cessation. It is also based on the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare's guidelines for health promotion and on the method Physical Activity on Prescription, another prescription approach that has been found effective and cost-effective in improving health and quality of life and that is already being used in the Swedish health care system. Tobacco Cessation on Prescription consists of counseling for a minimum of ten minutes, an individualized prescription for tobacco cessation treatment and follow-up on at least one occasion. My research explores how health care providers and patients perceive the method and whether more patients manage to quit if they receive Tobacco Cessation on Prescription compared to standard treatment for tobacco cessation.

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