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About me

At present I primarily teach two of the courses that make up the final term of the nursing education programme: Course leader and tutor/examining teacher for the course Degree work in Nursing, and seminar leader/examining teacher for the course Care of the elderly in a changing life situation. I also hold regular case seminars on issues concerning leadership and communication.

My research area: Communication and shared decision making in treatment decisions.
Current research project: Communicative applications in conversation meetings between the elderly and institutional representatives. Other participants in the project are Barry Saferstein, professor of communication science at California State University, San Marcos, USA and PhD in cognitive sociology, and Ulla Hellström Muhli, associate professor of sociology at Uppsala University.
Another project, which builds on the above, involves examining how research results can be transferred and become applicable in the clinical education environment.


Eleni Siouta, RN, MSc and Fil. Lic., PhD.  in Caring Science  and a lecturer at Karolinska Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, division of nursing, in Sweden. She is affiliated to Sophiahemmet University in Stockholm, Sweden.



2016 Doctoral Thesis (Ph.D.), Karolinska Institutet

2012  Licentiate Thesis (Fil.lic.) in Health and Care Sciences, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University
2007 Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Health Pedagogics, Stockholm University
1998 Teacher’s Licence in Nursing, The Stockholm Institute of Education

1986 Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Nursing, University of Kalmar
1982 University Certificate in Nursing, University of Kalmar

Research description

Siouta, E. , Hellström Muhli, U., Fossum, B., Karlgren, K. (2017). Cardiologists’ experiences and perceptions of patient involvement and communication related to shared decision-making regarding atrial fibrillation treatment. Communication & Medicine. Equinox Publishing Ltd Sheffield. Volume 14(1) (2017), 39–50.

Blomgren Mannerheim, A, Hellström Muhli, U. & Siouta, E. (2016). Parents’ experiences of caring responsibility for their adult child with schizophrenia (in press). Journal of Schizophrenia Research and Treatment.

Siouta, E. (2016). Communication and Patient Invovlement in Decision Making –Exemples from consultatioens on atrial fibrillation  (Thesis for doctoral degree (Ph.D.). Karolinska Institutet.

Siouta, E., Hellström Muhli, U., Hedberg, B., Broström, A., Fossum, B. and Karlgren, K. (2015).  Patients’ experiences of involvement and communication in decision making about atrial fibrillation treatment in consultations with nurses and physicians. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Science, doi: 10.1111/scs.12276.

Hedegaard, J., Ahl, H., Rovio-Johansson, A. and Siouta, E., 2014b. Gendered communicative construction of patients in consultation settings. Women & Health, 54(6), pp. 513-29.

Hedegaard, J., Rovio-Johansson, A. and Siouta, E., 2014a. Communicative construction of native versus non-native Swedish speaking patients in consultation settings. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 17(4), pp. 21-47.

Siouta, E., Broström, A. and Hedberg, B. (2013). Content and distribution of discursive space in consultations between patients with atrial fibrillation and healthcare professionals. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12(1):47-55.

Siouta, E., Hedberg, B., Hedman, K. and Broström, A. (2012). Interactional resistance between patients with atrial fibrillation and cardiologists in consultation on treatment with warfarin: the value of shared decision making. The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, 2(3):427-436.

Siouta, E. (2012). Communication Patterns in Consultations Between Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and Health Professionals (Thesis for licentiate degree) Jönköping University.

Hellström Muhli, U., Trost, J., Siouta, E. (2017). Cardiologists’ experiences and perceptions about decision making regarding atrial fibrillation treatment. Submitted.

Hellström Muhli, U.,  Saferstein, B., Siouta, E. (2017). Effects of Clinician-Guided Communication formats on Elderly Patients’ Authority and Understanding in Consultations. Submitted.

Saferstein, B., Hellström Muhli, U., & Siouta, E. (2016). Effects of clinician-guided communication formats on elderly patients’ authority and understanding in consultations. In The 14th international Communication, Medicine and Ethics conference (COMET) held at Aalborg University, hosted by Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine (DIHM).

Other publications (popular scientific texts/book chapters/news/reports)

Master’s thesis, Rosendahl, L., Sideridou, E (2001). Competence in cultural meeting issues. Centre for Society, Culture and Learning. The Stockholm Institute of Education.

Newspaper article, Svenska Dagbladet. Cover story about the situation for patients’ relatives within psychiatry (2015).

Translation (Swedish) of the OPTION instrument for the involvement of the patient in decisions


Teaching portfolio

Pedagogical assignments

Lecturer full-time until 2017. My pedagogical experience is primarily derived from positions of independent responsibility within areas such as management, course administration, planning, implementation, examination and evaluation of courses from Karolinska Institutet, Jönköping University and Kristianstad University. The forms of teaching that I have used include lectures, seminars, workshops, project-organised teaching, field teaching (practical courses), tutoring and web-based teaching.

Course responsibilities:

Work duties as lecturer, total 100%, have applied to the following courses (course management included in all of them).

1. Introduction to Nursing and Ethics, 7.5 ECTS credits
2. Communication in Nursing and research methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits

3. Nursing Methods and research methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits
4. Telephone Counselling for Nurses, 7.5 ECTS credits

5. Nursing from a sociocultural perspective, 7.5 ECTS credits
6. Ethics and Nursing for Radiographers, 7.5 ECTS credits

2004-2011: Tutor to students looking to complete their studies/degrees, approx. 200 students at Bachelor level (level C) and 100 project plans.


2004-2009: I have had assignments as a lecturer within Karolinska Institutet as well as at other Swedish universities, approx. 30 assignments in total.

1. Introduction to Nursing and Ethics, 7.5 ECTS credits

2. Communication in Nursing and research methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits

3. Nursing Methods and research methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits
4. Telephone Counselling for Nurses, 7.5 ECTS credits

5. Research Methodology, 7.5 ECTS credits

6. Nursing from a sociocultural perspective, 7.5 ECTS credits

7. Ethics and Nursing for Radiographers, 7.5 ECTS credits

8. Primary Care, 7.5 ECTS credits
9. Tutorship, 7.5 ECTS credits

Experience of Commissioned Courses

During the time I worked as a teacher of university courses at Bachelor level I was also involved with certain commissioned courses, as follows:

2008 Teacher of commissioned course, Telephone Counselling, Västerås Hospital. This course was aimed at nurses employed at the hospital.

2001 Teacher of commissioned course, Tutorship, Municipality of Kristianstad. This course was aimed at administrators/case officers, care managers and teachers employed by the local municipal government.

Experience of Further Training Courses and Continuation Courses

I have experience of teaching district nurses within their further training/continuation courses after they have completed their basic course of study.




Academic honours, awards and prizes

Awards: Nominated for Karolinska Institutet’s tutor-of-the-year award 2006.

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