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About me

Associate professor of nursing and Head of Continuing Professional Education and Health Care Development Unit, Academic Primary Health Care Centre (APC), previously called the Centre for Family Medicine (CeFAM). Supervisor of nursing research, APC and the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care.

My research is clinical and focuses on primary care. Its central concern is health care from the perspective of patients, relatives, parents, and health care professionals, mainly general physicians and district nurses.

Extensive experience in management and development work in primary health care.

Clinical experience as nurse and district nurse for 20 years at various hospitals and Huddinge Primary Health Care Center

Certified good leadership competence.

Education

2011: Docent in nursing, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, KI.

2001: Doctoral degree. Family medicine, KI.

2000: Licentiate degree. Family medicine, KI.

1999: Master’s degree. Master’s thesis on nursing, KI.

1985: Specialist training: district nurse, Nordendahlsskolan, Stockholm.

1975: Registered nurse, Hagaskolan, Stockholm.

Research description

A bibliography of nearly 60 scientific papers.

Research collaboration with multiple primary health care professions.

Principal supervisor of six and co-supervisor of two students who received doctoral degrees.  Principal supervisor of one and co-supervisor of one student who received licentiate degrees.

Teaching portfolio

I supervise the daily training and development of district nurses, general practitioners, physical therapists, assistant nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, and medical social workers. The aim of this work is to ensure that APC’s educators have sufficient pedagogical education and that APC’s health care development initiatives are scientifically sound and can be evaluated scientifically.

The topics I teach include primary care, teamwork, district nursing, qualitative methods, and the pedagogical theory of constructive alignment. At the undergraduate and graduate levels, I have taught and examined nursing students and other health professionals.

I have initiated and directed a research education course in qualitative methods, participated in the graduate-level admission process at KI, and served on numerous education-related committees.

Instructional materials I have collaborated to develop include 13 care development plans, 3 web-based training programs, 2 educational videos, and 3 textbook chapters.

The pedagogical development work I have led and participated in has resulted in ten scientific articles.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Nursing leader of the year, Swedish Society of Nursing.

District nurse of the year, National Organization of District Nurses.

Star Educator of the Year. Stockholm County Cultural and Study Programs Board (Kultur- och utbildningsnämnden).

Publications

Psychometric Testing of an Instrument About Intimate Partner Violence
Sundborg E, Alinaghizadeh H, Törnkvist L, Saleh-stattin N, Michelsen H, Wändell P
Clinical nursing research 2018;27(4):497-515

District nurses' experiences of caring for leg ulcers in accordance with clinical guidelines: a grounded theory study
Lagerin A, Hylander I, Törnkvist L
International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being 2017;12(1):1355213-

Early palliative home care: Evaluation of an interprofessional educational intervention for district nurses and general practitioners about nutritional care
Berggren E, Ödlund Olin A, Orrevall Y, Strang P, Johansson Se, Törnkvist L
SAGE open medicine 2017;5():2050312117726465-

Extent and quality of drug use in community-dwelling people aged ≥75 years: A Swedish nationwide register-based study
Lagerin A, Törnkvist L, Nilsson G, Johnell K, Fastbom J
Scandinavian journal of public health 2017;():1403494817744101-

Impact of an educational intervention for district nurses about preparedness to encounter women exposed to intimate partner violence
Sundborg E, Törnkvist L, Wändell P, Saleh-stattin N
Scandinavian journal of caring sciences 2017;():-

To ask, or not to ask: the hesitation process described by district nurses encountering women exposed to intimate partner violence
Sundborg E, Törnkvist L, Saleh-stattin N, Wändell P, Hylander I
Journal of clinical nursing 2017;26(15-16):2256-2265

A new instrument to predict smoking cessation among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: an observational longitudinal study of the Trying To Quit smoking questionnaire
Lundh L, Alinaghizadeh H, Törnkvist L, Gilljam H, Galanti Mr
NPJ primary care respiratory medicine 2016;26():16013-

Content and Presentation of Content in Parental Education Groups in Sweden
Berlin A, Törnkvist L, Barimani M
The Journal of perinatal education 2016;25(2):87-96

District nurses' experiences of preventive home visits to 75-year-olds in Stockholm: a qualitative study
Lagerin A, Törnkvist L, Hylander I
Primary health care research & development 2016;17(5):464-78

Effects of preventive home visits by district nurses on self-reported health of 75-year-olds
Sherman H, Söderhielm-blid S, Forsberg C, Karp A, Törnkvist L
Primary health care research & development 2016;17(1):56-71

Evaluation of a Continuing Educational Intervention for Primary Health Care Professionals about Nutritional Care of Patients at Home
Berggren E, Orrevall Y, Olin AÖ, Strang P, Szulkin R, Törnkvist L
The journal of nutrition, health & aging 2016;20(4):428-38

Evaluation of ConPrim: A three-part model for continuing education in primary health care
Berggren E, Strang P, Orrevall Y, Ödlund Olin A, Sandelowsky H, Törnkvist L
Nurse education today 2016;46():115-120

Psychometric characteristics of a modified Sympathy-Acceptance-Understanding-Caring competence model questionnaire among foreign-born parents encountering nurses in primary child health care services
Berlin A, Alinaghizadeh H, Törnkvist L, Willman A, Nilsson G
Primary health care research & development 2016;17(3):298-310

Nurse-led empowerment strategies for patients with hypertension: a questionnaire survey
Rasjö Wrååk G, Törnkvist L, Hasselström J, Wändell Pe, Josefsson K
International nursing review 2015;62(2):187-95

District nurses' preventive home visits to 75-year-olds: an opportunity to identify factors related to unsafe medication management
Lagerin A, Carlsson Ac, Nilsson G, Westman J, Törnkvist L
Scandinavian journal of public health 2014;42(8):786-94

Measurement of factors that negatively influence the outcome of quitting smoking among patients with COPD: psychometric analyses of the Try To Quit Smoking instrument
Lundh L, Alinaghizadeh H, Törnkvist L, Gilljam H, Galanti Mr
Nursing open 2014;1(1):23-31

Psychometric evaluation of a questionnaire and primary healthcare nurses' attitudes towards research and use of research findings
Nilsson Kajermo K, Alinaghizadeh H, Falk U, Wändell P, Törnkvist L
Scandinavian journal of caring sciences 2014;28(1):173-85

Effects of tactile massage on metabolic biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes
Wändell Pe, Ärnlöv J, Nixon Andreasson A, Andersson K, Törnkvist L, Carlsson Ac
Diabetes & metabolism 2013;39(5):411-7

From risky to safer home care: health care assistants striving to overcome a lack of training, supervision, and support
Swedberg L, Chiriac Eh, Törnkvist L, Hylander I
International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being 2013;8():20758-

Lack of long-term effects from a pedagogical intervention upon blood pressure control--a randomized primary care study
Sen M, Rasjö Wrååk G, Rönmark P, Carlsson Ac, Törnkvist L, Wändell P, et al
Scandinavian cardiovascular journal : SCJ 2013;47(5):289-96

Being in-between and lost in the discharge process--an excursus of two empirical studies of older persons', their relatives', and care professionals' experience
Rydeman I, Törnkvist L, Agreus L, Dahlberg K
International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being 2012;7(0):1-9

Cross-Cultural Adaptation of an Intimate Partner Violence Questionnaire
Sundborg E, Tornkvist L, Wandell P, Saleh-stattin N
CLINICAL NURSING RESEARCH 2012;21(4):450-66

Measuring possible effect on health-related quality of life by tactile massage or relaxation in patients with type 2 diabetes
Wandell Pe, Carlsson Ac, Gafvels C, Andersson K, Tornkvist L
COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN MEDICINE 2012;20(1-2):8-15

Nurses' preparedness to care for women exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: a quantitative study in primary health care
Sundborg Em, Saleh-stattin N, Wändell P, Törnkvist L
BMC nursing 2012;11():1-

Patients in 24-hour home care striving for control and safety
Swedberg L, Chiriac Eh, Törnkvist L, Hylander I
BMC nursing 2012;11():9-

The 75-year-old persons' self-reported health conditions: a knowledge base in the field of preventive home visits
Sherman H, Forsberg C, Karp A, Törnkvist L
Journal of clinical nursing 2012;21(21-22):3170-82

The process of trying to quit smoking from the perspective of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Lundh L, Hylander I, Tornkvist L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 2012;26(3):485-93

Counselling teenage girls on problems related to the 'protection of family honour' from the perspective of school nurses and counsellors
Alizadeh V, Tornkvist L, Hylander I
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY 2011;19(5):476-84

District nurses' use for an assessment tool in their daily work with elderly patients' medication management
Gusdal Ak, Beckman C, Wahlstrom R, Tornkvist L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;39(4):354-60

Counselling young immigrant women worried about problems related to the protection of 'family honour'- from the perspective of midwives and counsellors at youth health clinics
Alizadeh V, Hylander I, Kocturk T, Tornkvist L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 2010;24(1):32-40

Cultural competence among Swedish child health nurses after specific training: A randomized trial
Berlin A, Nilsson G, Tornkvist L
NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES 2010;12(3):381-91

Family physicians' experiences when collaborating with district nurses in home care-based medical treatment. A grounded theory study
Modin S, Tornkvist L, Furhoff Ak, Hylander I
BMC FAMILY PRACTICE 2010;:82-

Getting prepared for life at home in the discharge process--from the perspective of the older persons and their relatives
Rydeman I, Törnkvist L
International journal of older people nursing 2010;5(4):254-64

Watchfully checking rapport with the Primary Child Health Care nurses - a theoretical model from the perspective of parents of foreign origin
Berlin A, Törnkvist L, Hylander I
BMC nursing 2010;9():14-

District nurses' experience of supervising nursing students in primary health care: A pre- and post-implementation questionnaire study
Bos E, Löfmark A, Törnkvist L
Nurse education in practice 2009;9(6):361-6

Family physicians' effort to stay in charge of the medical treatment when patients have home care by district nurses. A grounded theory study
Modin S, Tornkvist L, Furhoff Ak, Hylander I
BMC FAMILY PRACTICE 2009;:45-

Tactile massage within the primary health care setting
Andersson K, Törnkvist L, Wändell P
Complementary therapies in clinical practice 2009;15(3):158-60

Arranging appropriate activities - Immigrant women's ideas of enabling exercise
Sodergren M, Hylander I, Tornkvist L, Sundquist J, Sundquist K
WOMENS HEALTH ISSUES 2008;18(5):413-22

District nurses' involvement in pain care: a theoretical model
Blomberg Am, Hylander I, Tornkvist L
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING 2008;17(15):2022-31

Evaluation of interprofessional training in home care
Tornkvist L, Hegefjard C
JOURNAL OF INTERPROFESSIONAL CARE 2008;22(5):509-20

Nursing students' views on learning opportunities in primary health care
Löfmark A, Hansebo G, Nilsson M, Törnkvist L
Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987) 2008;23(13):35-43

Primary Child Health Care Nurses' assessment of health risks in children of foreign origin and their parents - a theoretical model
Berlin A, Hylander I, Tornkvist L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 2008;22(1):118-27

An educational intervention for district nurses: use of electronic records in leg ulcer management
Lagerin A, Nilsson G, Törnkvist L
Journal of wound care 2007;16(1):29-32

Working with tactile massage--a grounded theory about the energy controlling system
Andersson K, Wändell P, Törnkvist L
Complementary therapies in clinical practice 2007;13(4):258-65

Care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary health care
Lundh L, Rosenhall L, Tornkvist L
JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING 2006;56(3):237-46

The patient's vulnerability, dependence and exposed situation in the discharge process: experiences of district nurses, geriatric nurses and social workers
Rydeman I, Tornkvist L
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING 2006;15(10):1299-307

Working conditions and cultural competence when interacting with children and parents of foreign origin - Primary Child Health Nurses' opinions
Berlin A, Johansson Se, Tornkvist L
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 2006;20(2):160-8

Effects of 'pain-advisers': district nurses' opinions regarding their own knowledge, management and documentation of patients in chronic pain
Tornkvist L, Gardulf A, Strender Le
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 2003;17(4):332-8

Patients' satisfaction with the care given by district nurses at home and at primary health care centres
Tornkvist L, Gardulf A, Strender Le
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 2000;14(2):67-74

The opinions of district nurses regarding the knowledge, management and documentation of patients with chronic pain
Tornkvist L, Gardulf A, Strender Le
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES 1998;12(3):146-53

The opinions of nursing documentation held by district nurses and by nurses at primary health care centres
Törnkvist L, Gardulf A, Strender Le
Vard i Norden 1997;17(4):18-25

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