Vibeke Sparring

Vibeke Sparring

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Widerströmska huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17165 Solna
Postal address: C7 Lärande, Informatik, Management och Etik, C7 MMC Rehnberg, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I work as a strategist in research and education at Stockholm Health Care
    Services since February 2019 and since September 2021 also as a project
    leader at Stockholm Centre for Health Economics. Previously, I worked at
    Karolinska Institutet for many years and I am now affiliated to LIME.
    I have Bachelor degree in European Business Studies from University of
    Växjö, Sweden, and a Masters degree in International Management from
    Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria. Before I came to KI, I worked with
    quality improvement projects at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities
    and Regions where I, among other things, was the project leader of the
    Quality Award for Swedish Healthcare. In August 2013, I defended my thesis
    "As time goes by: Diabetes mellitus and the health services from short- and
    long-term perspectives - healthcare utilisation, costs and health-related
    quality of life".


  • The aim of my thesis was to analyse how healthcare utilisation, healthcare
    costs and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) differed for individuals
    with diabetes compared to control individuals from the general population and
    how these differences were associated with disease duration and changes in
    the health care over time. We also explored diabetes care from an equity
    Our conclusions were that individuals with diabetes seemed to lead rather
    unrestricted lives with less hospital inpatient care and a higher degree of
    self-management than 16 years earlier. However, the findings indicated that
    healthcare utilisation, costs and HRQoL vary by gender and socio-economic
    background. In addition to having diabetes, being a women, having a low
    education level or low income, and not being married all had a negative
    effect on almost all outcome measures addressed in the thesis.
    At the moment I am involved in a project on the use of quality registers in
    elderly care and I am also continuing with questions arisen from my thesis,
    such as dissatisfaction and social determinants of healthcare utilisation.



  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2025

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Learning, informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2013

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