Therese Johansson

Therese Johansson

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Alfred Nobels Allé 23, D2, Flemingsberg, 14183
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Omvårdnad Lars E Eriksson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I'm currently working as a post-doctoral research associate at Cicely
    Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy &
  • Rehabilitation, King's
    College London, and can primarily be reached at
    In my doctoral thesis I explored competence related to end-of-life care and
    communication about dying and death from a new public health perspective
    using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research, such as
    longitudinal participatory action research, qualitative interview studies,
    instrument validation, survey studies, and causal inference.
    I have a broad interest in several research areas that relate to health,
    illness, and treatment, from an individual as well as a societal perspective
    - including health care science, public health, psychology, and sociology.
    My educational background is in psychology and I have a BSc(Hons) from
    University of Stirling (UK) and a MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from
    University of York (UK). I have previously worked as a research assistant in
    several projects at the Department of Psychology and the Stress Research
    Institute at Stockholm University.


  • A primary ambition of high-quality end-of-life (EOL) care is to enable people
    to be involved in, and make decisions for, their own care. Discussing issues
    related to the EOL in advance, known as EOL conversations, can serve as
    preparation for future decision-making and may increase the likelihood of
    value-concordant care. These conversations have been suggested as
    particularly relevant in the residential elder context, which is one of the
    major EOL care providers in Sweden today.
    Even though older people are generally positive to discuss their preferences
    for the EOL, the topic is rarely addressed in residential care homes. Care
    staff can play a key role in initiating EOL conversations with residents and
    relatives. However, previous research has identified a multitude of barriers
    for EOL conversations and highlighted a need for staff competence-building.
    In my PhD project, we explored staff perspectives on EOL communication in
    residential elder care and investigate means for promoting and supporting
    staff engagement in EOL conversations in practice. We use an participatory
    action research approach to actively engage participants and generate
    practically relevant knowledge while simultaneously empowering participants
    through development of competence and skills.


  • I have taught service development, implementation, and evaluation in the
    course /Leadership for nurses/ at the department of Learning, Informatics,
    Management and Ethics (KI). Previous teaching experiences include
    undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods at the department of
    Psychology, Stockholm University.


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2022

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