Psychological distress in patients with unspecified/non-cardiac chest pain

My research focuses on patients with unspecified/non-cardiac chest pain, since I encountered many of them in my nursing career. They often fell between the cracks and did not receive the care they expected since no acute physical causes could be identified.

My studies have found that a large percentage of these patients experience fear and worries, cardiac anxiety and depressive symptoms, and use a substantial amount of healthcare resources, and thus contribute to high healthcare and societal costs. My current research evaluates the feasibility and efficacy of an Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy. My goal is to build up national and international collaboration and develop the care for this group of patients.

Leadership and teaching

I am the director of studies at the Division of Nursing Science, including direct responsibility for staffing, administration and the teaching budget at the Nursing programme and related freestanding courses.

In my role as a director of studies it is important to me that the work is done carefully and quickly, and that it takes place in dialogue with the staff. This leads to better conditions for both course coordinators and staff who more effectively can serve students, and promotes a good working environment.

My teaching experience has been within the Nursing programme, primarily as a supervisor, course coordinator and examiner. My areas of speciality have been cardiology and how to care of patients with acute heart disease, as well as drug calculation.

Research projects
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I have conducted research since 2010 and received my doctoral degree in December 2015. 

The aim of my thesis was to improve care for patients with non-cardiac chest pain by describing related psychological distress, healthcare utilization and societal costs, and by evaluating an Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural intervention.

My research projects have received external funding, primarily from the County Council of Östergötland and the Medical Research of Southeast Sweden (FORSS). I also received a grant from the Lions Research Foundation for Widespread Diseases. 

My doctoral thesis was entitled Improving Care for Patients with Non-Cardiac Chest Pain – Description of Psychological Distress and Costs, and Evaluation of an Internet-delivered Intervention.

Networks, assignments and higher education degrees
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Networks

• Member of the Collaboration and Exchange in Swedish Cardiovascular Caring Academic Research (Cesar) Network

• Reviewer for European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

• Ex-member of the network Lyskraft (LiU Innovation), a collaborative initiative of Linköping University and Norrköping Municipality

 

Assignments

• Member of the management team at the Division of Nursing Science

• Member of the Director of Studies team at the Department for Social and Welfare Studies (ISV)

• Member of the board of ISV

Higher education degrees

• Registered nurse/Bachelor of Nursing, 1998 

• Master of Nursing, 2003 

• Doctor of Medicine, 4 December 2015

Publications
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Selected publications
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Ghassan Mourad, Jenny Alwin, Anna Strömberg, Tiny Jaarsma (2013)

BMC Health Services Research , Vol.13 , s.403- Continue to DOI

Ghassan Mourad, Tiny Jaarsma, Claes Hallert, Anna Strömberg (2012)

Heart & Lung , Vol.41 , s.446-455 Continue to DOI

Collaboration with researchers in Nursing Science
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External partners
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