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About me

University lecturer at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, PhD in Medical Sciences, Registered Physiotherapist with a specialisation in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

I gained my degree in physiotherapy from Karolinska Institutet in 1987 and have until 2008 worked as a clinician focused on orthopaedic manual therapy and sports medicine. In 2008 I started my doctoral studies in the Health Care Sciences Postgraduate School, registered at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, KI, and defended my thesis titled “Back and neck pain. Factors of importance for the prognosis” in 2013. My PhD is in the area of epidemiology and biostatistics.

Since 2011 I hold a position as a lecturer at the Division of Physiotherapy mainly teaching in the area of musculoskeletal disorders, physical activity/exercise and sports medicine.


Teaching and learning in Higher Education

PhD in Medical Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet
Title: Back and neck pain. Factors of importance for the prognosis.
Supervisors: Professor Lars Alfredsson, PhD Eva Skillgate, Professor Eva Vingård,
Professor Irene Jensen

Specialisation in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Swedish Association of Physitherapists

Master Degree, Major in Biology (Aquatic ecology, Ecotoxicology), Stockholm University

Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet

Research description

My research has so far been focused on factors related to back and neck pain prognosis both in a public health as well as a clinical perspective.  I have a special research interest in physical activity, healthy lifestyle and sports medicine and hope to be able to focus on these areas in my future research. Further, as I in addition have a major in aquatic ecology, linking health and aquatic environment in an epidemiologic perspective would be of great interest. I´m a member of two research groups at Karolinska Institute: “Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Epidemiology Center”, led by Associate Professors Eva Skillgate and Lena Holm, and "Physical activity and Sports Medicine with focus on prevention" led by Associate Professor Maria Hagströmer. 

Teaching portfolio

My main teaching areas are musculoskeletal disorders, physical activity/exercise and sports medicine.


Sex and maturity status affected the validity of a submaximal cycle test in adolescents
Björkman F, Eggers A, Stenman A, Bohman T, Ekblom B, Ekblom Ö
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992) 2018;107(1):126-133

Healthy lifestyle behavior and risk of long duration troublesome neck pain or low back pain among men and women: results from the Stockholm Public Health Cohort
Skillgate E, Pico-espinosa Oj, Hallqvist J, Bohman T, Holm Lw
Clinical epidemiology 2017;9():491-500

Does a healthy lifestyle behaviour influence the prognosis of low back pain among men and women in a general population? A population-based cohort study
Bohman T, Alfredsson L, Jensen I, Hallqvist J, Vingård E, Skillgate E
BMJ open 2014;4(12):e005713-

Do physical activity level and body mass index predict recovery from persistent neck pain in men and women of working age? A population-based cohort study
Rasmussen-barr E, Bohman T, Hallqvist J, Holm Lw, Skillgate E
European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society 2013;22(9):2077-83

The influence of self-reported leisure time physical activity and the body mass index on recovery from persistent back pain among men and women: a population-based cohort study
Bohman T, Alfredsson L, Hallqvist J, Vingard E, Skillgate E

Prognosis of patients with whiplash-associated disorders consulting physiotherapy: development of a predictive model for recovery
Bohman T, Côté P, Boyle E, Cassidy Jd, Carroll Lj, Skillgate E
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2012;13():264-

The long-term effects of naprapathic manual therapy on back and neck pain - Results from a pragmatic randomized controlled trial
Skillgate E, Bohman T, Holm Lw, Vingard E, Alfredsson L