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About me

My graduate studies focus on participation and medical decision-making capacity among elderly patients with and without cognitive impairment. The first two studies investigate how participation and medical decision-making can be supported in patients with cognitive impairment (Thalén et al 2016, Thalén et al 2017). The third study include designing and validating a test to detect impaired medical-decision-making capacity. The fourth and final study to my dissertation uses this test to asses medical decision-making capacity among hospitalized, frail elderly with multimorbidity.on participation and medical decision-making capacity among elderly patients with and without cognitive impairment. The first two studies investigate how participation and medical decision-making can be supported in patients with cognitive impairment (Thalén et al 2016, Thalén et al 2017). The third study include designing and validating a test to detect impaired medical-decision-making capacity. The fourth and final study to my dissertation uses this test to asses medical decision-making capacity among hospitalized, frail elderly with multimorbidity.

My clinical work has mostly focused on patients with cognitive impairment and dementia since I graduated as a Speech and Language Pathologist in 2005. 

In January 2014 I was accepted as a phD student. Beside my studies I am employed at Karolinska University Hospital, Function Area Ageing health and functioning. 

I have also contributed with my knowledge to: 

Socialstyrelsens/National board of wellfares assignment "Stödja äldre personers vilja" /To support elderly people's will, published on http://www.kunskapsguiden.se/aldre/Teman/stodja-aldre-personers-vilja/Sidor/default.aspx

Statens offentliga utredning 2015:80 / Swedish Government Official Report : Stöd och hjälp till vuxna vid ställningstaganden till vård, omsorg och forskning. Bilaga 4 (Tallberg, Stormoen, Thalén): Stöd till personer med nedsatt beslutsförmåga att kunna fatta egna beslut och att vara delaktiga [Support and help to adults for positions of care, welfare and research. Appendix 4: Support to individuals with impaired decision-making capacity to make own decisions and to be involved]

http://www.regeringen.se/rattsdokument/statens-offentliga-utredningar/2015/09/sou-201580/ 

Nestor's project "Samtal med bilder" / Conversations with pictures 

http://www.nestorfou.se/nestor_projekt/samtalskort/

 

 

 

Research description

Study 1: How Do Patients with Cognitive Impairment Communicate During Discharge Meetings? Evaluation of Participation Using Talking Mats (published 2016, link to pdf below)

Study 2: Do adapted vignettes improve medical decision-making capacity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease? (Published 2017)

Study 3: Validation of a brief test to detect impairment in medical decision-making capacity. This title is preliminary and work is in progress together with phd student Sara Stormoen.

Study 4: Medical deicision-making capacity in hospitalized, frail, elderly individuals. This title is preliminary and work is in progress. 

 

Teaching portfolio

I teach in two courses at the Speech and Language Pathology programme at KI.

I also give lectures on request. 

Documents

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