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About me

I lead the Research School in family medicine and primary healthcare at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS). 


2014 PhD in Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet. Link to thesis:

2006 Master of Social Work, University of Lund

2003 Bachelor of Social Work, University of Lund

Research description

My main research interest is the patients' own activation and participation in their care, especially by the critical time of hospital discharge and the transition to home.

I did my post-doc at LIME, Karolinska Institutet, in a project named Patient Activation in Transition to Home (PATH) . The PATH aims to support patients to become active agents in their self-care after transition to home.

I am also employed at the Department of Social Work, Karolinska University Hospital and is affiliated to the Division of Social Work at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, KI. My research interest in social work is a practice-based research on social workers' documentation of their work with patients with cancer.


Why patients decline participation in an intervention to reduce re-hospitalization through patient activation: whom are we missing?
Flink M, Brandberg C, Ekstedt M
Trials 2019;20(1):82-

Developing an eHealth Tool to Support Patient Empowerment at Home
Schildmeijer K, Wannheden C, Nilsson L, Frykholm O, Hellström A, Flink M, et al
Studies in health technology and informatics 2018;247():925-929

Exploring patient safety in Swedish specialised home healthcare: an interview study with multidisciplinary teams and clinical managers
Lindblad M, Flink M, Ekstedt M
BMJ open 2018;8(12):e024068-

Health economic evaluations of patient education interventions a scoping review of the literature
Stenberg U, Vågan A, Flink M, Lynggaard V, Fredriksen K, Westermann Kf, et al
Patient education and counseling 2018;101(6):1006-1035

Measuring care transitions in Sweden: validation of the care transitions measure
Flink M, Tessma M, Cvancarova Småstuen M, Lindblad M, Coleman Ea, Ekstedt M
International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care 2018;30(4):291-297

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
Tistad M, Flink M, Ytterberg C, Eriksson G, Guidetti S, Tham K, et al
BMJ open 2018;8(8):e022222-

Planning for the Discharge, not for Patient Self-Management at Home - An Observational and Interview Study of Hospital Discharge
Flink M, Ekstedt M

Safe medication management in specialized home healthcare - an observational study
Lindblad M, Flink M, Ekstedt M
BMC health services research 2017;17(1):598-

The case of value-based healthcare for people living with complex long-term conditions
Elf M, Flink M, Nilsson M, Tistad M, Von Koch L, Ytterberg C

The Supporting Patient Activation in Transition to Home (sPATH) intervention: a study protocol of a randomised controlled trial using motivational interviewing to decrease re-hospitalisation for patients with COPD or heart failure
Flink M, Lindblad M, Frykholm O, Kneck Å, Nilsen P, Årestedt K, et al
BMJ open 2017;7(7):e014178-

Training in client-centeredness enhances occupational therapist documentation on goal setting and client participation in goal setting in the medical records of people with stroke
Flink M, Bertilsson As, Johansson U, Guidetti S, Tham K, Von Koch L
Clinical rehabilitation 2016;30(12):1200-1210

User-centered design of integrated eHealth to improve patients' activation in transitional care
Frykholm O, Flink M, Lindblad M, Ekstedt M

Patient-centered handovers between hospital and primary health care: an assessment of medical records
Flink M, Bergenbrant Glas S, Airosa F, Öhlén G, Barach P, Hansagi H, et al
International journal of medical informatics 2015;84(5):355-62

Improving patient discharge and reducing hospital readmissions by using Intervention Mapping
European Handover Res Collaborat, Hesselink G, Zegers M, Vernooij-dassen M, Barach P, Kalkman C, et al

Organizational Culture An Important Context for Addressing and Improving Hospital to Community Patient Discharge
European Handover Res Collaborativ, Hesselink G, Vernooij-dassen M, Pijnenborg L, Barach P, Gademan P, et al
MEDICAL CARE 2013;51(1):90-8

Are patients discharged with care? A qualitative study of perceptions and experiences of patients, family members and care providers
European Handover Res Collaborativ, Hesselink G, Flink M, Olsson M, Barach P, Dudzik-urbaniak E, et al
BMJ QUALITY & SAFETY 2012;:i39-49

Beliefs and experiences can influence patient participation in handover between primary and secondary care--a qualitative study of patient perspectives
Flink M, Öhlén G, Hansagi H, Barach P, Olsson M
BMJ quality & safety 2012;21 Suppl 1():i76-83

Conducting a multicentre and multinational qualitative study on patient transitions
Handover Research Collaborative, Johnson Jk, Barach P, Vernooij-dassen M
BMJ quality & safety 2012;21 Suppl 1():i22-8

Evaluation of a predevelopment service delivery intervention: an application to improve clinical handovers
European Handover Research Collaborative, Yao Gl, Novielli N, Manaseki-holland S, Chen Yf, Van Der Klink M, et al
BMJ quality & safety 2012;21 Suppl 1():i29-38

Searching for the missing pieces between the hospital and primary care: mapping the patient process during care transitions
Handover Research Collaborative, Johnson Jk, Farnan Jm, Barach P, Hesselink G, Wollersheim H, et al
BMJ quality & safety 2012;21 Suppl 1():i97-105

The key actor: a qualitative study of patient participation in the handover process in Europe
Handover Research Collaborative, Flink M, Hesselink G, Pijnenborg L, Wollersheim H, Vernooij-dassen M, et al
BMJ quality & safety 2012;21 Suppl 1():i89-96

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