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Christina Turesson

Senior Associate Professor, Head of Unit

My research focus on exploring treatment outcomes after rehabilitation and how to support and motivate the individual in different phases of the rehabilitation process.

Supporting the patient in rehabilitation

Patient involvement in rehabilitation is an important factor that can affect treatment outcomes. I am interested in exploring outcomes of rehabilitation and patients' perspectives and needs in relation to being actively involved in their rehabilitation.

My research is about hand therapy, chronic pain, and return-to-work. It concerns different phases of the rehabilitation process, from early interventions in connection to surgery, to interventions for enabling a sustainable work situation. Many patients living with chronic conditions also need support after the rehabilitation process has ended to continue with self-management and handle their daily life. The research projects I am involved in focus on tools for supporting the individual and patients’ perspectives on how support can be given during different parts of the rehabilitation process.

About me

Qualifications, employment and appointments


  • 1999 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Linköping University
  • 2016 Doctor of Medical Science, Linköping University
  • 2022 Associate professor, Linköping University

Positions of employment

  • 1999-2003 Reg. Occupational Therapist, Geriatric clinic, Linköping University Hospital
  • 2003-2020 Reg. Occupational Therapist, Department of Hand surgery, Plastic surgery, and Burns, Linköping University Hospital
  • 2020-2022 Postdoctoral researcher in Occupational Therapy, Linköping University
  • 2022-present Senior lecturer, associate professor, unit for Occupational Therapy, Linköping University


Assistant supervisor for PhD student at Karolinska Institutet.

Field of teaching

  • I teach at the occupational therapy program where I am involved in courses with focus on activity and functioning, hand rehabilitation, evidence based practice and scientific methods. 



Christina Turesson, Gunilla Liedberg, Mathilda Björk (2023) Evaluating the Clinical Use and Utility of a Digital Support App for Employees With Chronic Pain Returning to Work (SWEPPE): Observational Study JMIR Human Factors, Vol. 10, Article e52088 Continue to DOI
Madeleine Winberg, Christina Turesson (2023) Patients perspectives of collagenase injection or needle fasciotomy and rehabilitation for Dupuytren disease, including hand function and occupational performance Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 45, p. 986-996 Continue to DOI
Jonas Svingen, Marianne Arner, Christina Turesson (2023) Patients experiences of flexor tendon rehabilitation in relation to adherence: a qualitative study Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 45, p. 1115-1123 Continue to DOI
Christina Turesson, Annika Lindh (2023) Learning occupational therapy practice using standardised patients in a practical examination - experiences of students and teachers Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 30, p. 425-434 Continue to DOI
Linda Evertsson, Carin Carlsson, Christina Turesson, Melih Selcuk Ezer, Marianne Arner, Cecilia Mellstrand Navarro (2023) Incidence, demographics and rehabilitation after digital nerve injury: A population-based study of 1004 adult patients in Sweden PLOS ONE, Vol. 18, Article e0283907 Continue to DOI