Gunilla Eriksson

Gunilla Eriksson

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Alfred Nobels Allé 23, 14183 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Arbetsterapi HELD, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am associate professor/docent in rehabilitation medicine with special focus
    on occupational therapy at the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala
    University. Year 2007 I defended my doctoral thesis at the Division of
    Occupational Therapy at KI. I have experience in teaching and
    supervising at undergraduate, advanced and doctoral level, especially at
    the Occupational Therapy program. I am affiliated as researcher to the HELD
    group at KI and have a position as research and development leader at
    University Hospital (Akademiska sjukhuset) in Uppsala.


  • My research is mainly focused on people with stroke and their everyday lives,
    but I also study persons with other neurological disorders and their
    experiences of and participation in everyday occupations. I have developed
    and am evaluating a rehabilitation programme addressing return to work for
    persons with stroke in working ages. Further, I am part of the development of
    a person-centered rehabilitation programme for return to work for persons
    with spinal cord injury. In these projects I have been inspired by and used
    the Medical Research Council (MRC) guidelines for developing and evaluating
    complex interventions. My research projects have in common that they focus on
    the importance of and the effects of person-centered rehabilitation. I have
    used both quantitative and qualitative methodology to explore this area of
    research and have been main supervisor as well as co-supervisor to several
    doctoral students. An ongoing research project I am contributing in is
    conducted in Sweden and Uganda and focuses on multidisciplinary global
    studies of the effects and significance of ADL interventions using
    information and communication technologies such as mobile phones as support.
    Another area of my research is the development of the assessment instrument
    Occupational Gaps Questionnaire (OGQ) that measures participation in everyday
    occupations. The instrument development started within my thesis and the OGQ
    has been tested psychometrically and has been developed further. The last
    decade the instrument has been translated and culturally adapted to several
    countries in Europe, Africa and Asia and has been used in new target groups
    both nationally and internationally.
    Hodson T, Wall B, Gustafsson L, Eriksson G, Cornwell P (2020): Occupational
    engagement following mild stroke in the Australian context using the
    Occupational Gaps Questionnaire, Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
    [Epub 2020 Jan 6] [1]
    Guidetti S, Utbult M, Kamwesiga J, Eriksson G. Perceived occupational gaps
    among the Ugandan general population — a pilot study. South African Journal
    of Occupational Therapy. 2019
  • 49 (3): 17-23. [2]
    Eriksson C, Eriksson G, Johansson U, Guidetti S. Occupational therapists'
    perceptions of implementing a client-centered intervention in close
    collaboration with researchers: A mixed methods study. [3] /Scand J Occup
    The/r. 2019 Mar 24:1-12. [Epub ahead of print]
    Fors U, Kamwesiga JT, Eriksson GM, von Koch L, Guidetti S. User evaluation of
    a novel SMS-based reminder system for supporting post-stroke rehabilitation
    [4]. /BMC Med Inform Decis Mak/ 2019 19:122
    Gustavsson M, Guidetti S, Eriksson G, von Koch L, Ytterberg C*.* Factors
    affecting outcome in participation one year after stroke: a secondary
    analysis of a randomized controlled trial*.* [5]/ J Rehabil Med/.
  • 51(3):160-166. [Epub ahead of print] Feb 28 2019.
    Hedman A, Eriksson G, von Koch L, Guidetti S.Five-year follow-up of a
    cluster-randomized controlled trial of a client-centred activities of daily
    living intervention for people with stroke. [6] /Clin Rehabil./
  • 33:262-276.
    Lawrence M, Asaba E, Duncan E, Elf M, Eriksson G, Faulkner J, Guidetti S,
    Johansson B, Kruuse C, Lambrick D, Longman C, von Koch L, Wang X, Lennon O.
    Stroke secondary prevention, a non-surgical and non-pharmacological consensus
    definition: results of a Delphi study. [7]/ //BMC Res Notes/. 2019 Dec
  • 12(1):823.
    Teriö M, Eriksson G, Kamwesiga JT, Guidetti S. What's in it for me? A
    process evaluation of the implementation of a mobile phone-supported
    intervention after stroke in Uganda. [8]/ //BMC Public Health./ 2019 May
  • 19(1):562.
    Öst Nilsson A, Eriksson G, Asaba E, Johansson U, Hellman T. Being a
    co-worker or a manager of a colleague returning to work after stroke: A
    challenge facilitated by cooperation and flexibility. [9]/ //Scand J Occup
    Ther/. 2019 Jan 29:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]
    Kamwesiga J, Eriksson G, Tham K, Fors U, Ndiwalana A, von Koch L, Guidetti S.
    A feasibility study of a mobile phone supported family-centred ADL
    intervention, F@ce™, after stroke in Uganda. [10] /Globalization and
    Health/ 2018
  • 14:82.
    Kamwesiga J, von Koch L, Eriksson G, Guidetti S. The impact of stroke on
    people living in central Uganda: A descriptive study [11]. /African Journal
    of Disability/ November 29th, 2018 [Epub ahead of print]
    Tistad M, Flink M, Ytterberg C, Eriksson G, Guidetti S, Tham K, von Koch L.
    Resource use of healthcare services 1 year after stroke: a secondary analysis
    of a cluster-randomised controlled trial of a client-centred activities of
    daily living intervention. [12] /BMJ Open/. 2018 Aug 5
  • 8(8):e022222. doi:
    Bergström A, Guidetti S, Tham K, Eriksson G. Association between
    satisfaction and participation in everyday occupations after stroke. [13]
    /Scand J Occup Ther./ 2017 Sep
  • 24(5):339-348. doi:
    10.1080/11038128.2016.1245782. Epub 2016 Oct 23
    Holmlund L, Guidetti S, Eriksson G, Asaba E. Return to work in the context of
    everyday life 7-11 years after spinal cord injury - a follow-up study. [14]
    /Disabil Rehabil. /2017 Aug 9:1-9. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1362597.
    Ytterberg C, Dybäck M, Bergström A, Guidetti S, Eriksson G. Perceived
    impact of stroke six years after onset, and changes in impact between one and
    six years [15]. /J Rehabil Med./ 2017 Aug 31
  • 49(8):637-643. doi:
    Bergström A, Guidetti S, Tham K, Eriksson G. Association between
    satisfaction and participation in everyday occupations after stroke [16].
    /Scand J Occup Ther/. 2016 Oct 23:1-10.
    Elf M, Eriksson G, Johansson S, von Koch L, Ytterberg C. Self-Reported
    Fatigue and Associated Factors Six Years after Stroke [17]. /PLoS One/. 2016
    Aug 30
  • 11(8):e0161942
    Hellman T, Bergstrom A, Eriksson G, Hansen Falkdal A, Johansson U. Return to
    work after stroke – important factors shared and contrasted by five
    stakeholder groups. Work/ /(2016) 901–911. *DOI: *10.3233/WOR-162455
    Öst Nilsson A, Eriksson G, Johansson U, Hellman T. Experiences of the return
    to work process after stroke while participating in a person-centred
    rehabilitation programme. [18] /Scand J Occup Ther/. 2016 Nov 11:1-8.
    Bergström [19] A, Eriksson [20] G, Asaba [21] E, Erikson [22] A, Tham K.
    [23] Complex negotiations: The lived experience of enacting agency after a
    stroke. [24] /Scand J Occup Ther/ : 2015 Jan
  • 22(1):43-53. doi:
    Matuseviciene G, Eriksson G, Nygren DeBoussard C. No effect of an early
    intervention after mild traumatic brain injury on activity and participation
    – a randomised controlled trial. /Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.
    48(1):19-26, 2016 Jan./ doi: 10.2340/16501977-2025
    Bergström A, von Koch L, Andersson M, Tham K, Eriksson G. Participation in
    everyday life and life satisfaction in persons with stroke and their
    caregivers 3-6 months after onset. [25] /J Rehabil Me/d 2015:47
  • 508-15.
    [Epub ahead of print] Apr 16. doi: 10.2340/16501977-1964
    Bertilsson AS [26], Eriksson G, Ekstam L, Tham K [27], Andersson M, von
    Koch L [28], Johansson U [29]. A cluster randomized controlled trial of a
    client-centred, activities of daily living intervention for people with
    stroke: One year follow-up of caregivers. [30] /Clin Rehabil/. 2015 Sep 22.
    pii: 0269215515603780. [Epub ahead of print]
    Ekstam L, Johansson U, Guidetti S, Eriksson G, Ytterberg C. The combined
    perceptions of people with stroke and their carers regarding rehabilitation
    needs 1 year after stroke: a mixed methods study [31] /BMJ Open/
  • 5:e006784
    Bertilsson A, Ranner M, von Koch L, Eriksson G, Johansson U, Ytterberg C,
    Guidetti S, Tham K. A client-centred ADL intervention: 3-month follow-up of a
    randomized controlled trial. [32]/ //Scand J Occup Ther/ 2014
  • 21(5):377-91
    Guidetti S, Ytterberg C, Ekstam L, Johansson U, Eriksson G. Changes in the
    impact of stroke between 3 and 12 months post-stroke, assessed with the
    Stroke Impact Scale. [33] /J Rehabil Med. /2014 Nov 4
  • 46(10):963-8 doi:
    Eriksson G, Tham K, Kottorp A. A cross-diagnostic validation of an instrument
    measuring participation in everyday occupations: the Occupational Gaps
    Questionnaire (OGQ) [34]./ //Scand J Occup Ther/ 2013
  • 20:152-60.
    Eriksson G, Baum MC, Wolf TJ, Connor LT. Perceived participation after
    stroke: The influence of activity retention, reintegration, and perceived
    recovery [35]. /Am J Occup Ther/ 2013
  • 67:131-8.
    Bergstrom AL, Guidetti S, Tistad M, Tham K, von Koch L, Eriksson G.
    Perceived occupational gaps one year after stroke: An explorative study [36].
    /J Rehabil Med./ 2012
  • 44(1):36-42.
    Eriksson G, Aasnes M, Tistad M, Guidetti S, von Koch L. Occupational gaps in
    everyday life one year after stroke and the association with life
    satisfaction and impact of stroke. [37]/Top Stroke Rehabil/. 2012
  • 19(3):244-55.
    Eriksson T, Jonsson H, Tham K, Eriksson G. A comparison of perceived
    occupational gaps between people with stress-related ill health or
    musculoskeletal pain and a reference group [38]/ Scand J Occup Ther.
  • 19:411-420.
    Bergstrom AL, Eriksson G, von Koch L, Tham K. Combined life satisfaction of
    persons with stroke and their caregivers: associations with caregiver burden
    and the impact of stroke. [39] /Health Qual Life Outcomes/. 2011 Jan
  • 9(1):1.
    Eriksson G, Chung J, Lim Hua Beng, Hartman-Maeir A, Eunyoung Yoo, Orellano E,
    van Nes F, de Jonge D, Baum C. Exploring occupations of older adults: A
    cross cultural description. [40] /OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
  • 31*, *182-192/
    Fallahpour M, Tham K, Taghi Joghataei M, Eriksson G, Jonsson H. Occupational
    Gaps in everyday life after stroke and the relation to functioning and
    perceived life satisfaction [41]/ OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
  • 31: 200-208.
    Eriksson G, Tham K. The meaning of occupational gaps in the first year after
    stroke [42] /OTJR Occupation, Participation and Health/ 2010
  • 30:184-192.
    Eriksson G, Kottorp A, Borg J, Tham K. Relationship between occupational gaps
    in everyday life, depressive mood and life satisfaction after acquired brain
    injury. [43] /J Rehabil Med/ 2009
  • 41:187-94.
    Eriksson G, Tham K, Borg J. Occupational gaps in everyday life 1-4 years
    after acquired brain injury [44]. /J Rehabil Med/ 2006
  • 38:159-165
    Eriksson G, Tham K, Fugl-Meyer AR. Couples' happiness and its relationship to
    functioning in everyday life after brain injury [45]. /Scand J Occup Ther/
  • 12:40-48.
    *Book chapters*
    Eriksson GM, Johansson U, von Koch L. Returning to work after stroke. In:
    Wilson R, Raghavan P, editors. Stroke rehabilitation. St Louis Missouri:
  • 2019, p. 215-223.
    Eriksson G, Lilja M, Jonsson H, Peterson I, Tatzer V. Occupations of
    Elderhood. In: Occupational Therapy, Performance, Participation and
    Well-Being, fourth edition (Eds: Christiansen C, Baum C, Bass J).2014,
    Slack Incorporated, NJ, USA.
    Eriksson G. GAP I vardagens aktiviteter-självskattning av vad en person vill
    göra och faktiskt gör, (Version 2.0/2017). Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter, Box
    760, 131 24 Nacka.
    Eriksson G, Margot Cattin I, Kuhne N, Hammar E, Dumoulin D, Kottorp A,
    Nygård L. Manuel de passation de l'Occupational Gaps Questionnaire
    (OGQ-CH-Fr), Version Suisse romande / 2017.
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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2025

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  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2007

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