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Huan-Ji Dong

Adjunct Associate Professor, Docent

Senior consultant and associate professor in rehabilitation medicine. My research is about interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation for patients with comorbidities, in particular, obesity. Pain in older adults is another subfield of my research. 


In everyday clinical practice, I meet patients with chronic pain and comorbidities, since pain is seldom the only health condition. Pain management needs a biopsychosocial perspective and patients with comorbidities may benefit from a patient-tailored approach.

My research is based on a biopsychosocial view of pain and is focused on two areas:

  1. The effects of multimodal pain rehabilitation. I investigate rehabilitation effects on patients with chronic pain and obesity using a quality register for interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation.
  2. To include nutrition care as an essential part of pain management for people experiencing chronic pain. In our clinical settings, I develop evidence-based nutritional interventions (i.e. healthier eating) embedded in pain rehabilitation programs.

  3. Pain in older adults. I investigate pain aspects in population-based studies as well as research on rehabilitation in vulnerable older patients.

Pedagogical presentation 

We develop pedagogical tools based on the latest evidence from research and practice, aiming to provide good knowledge on ‘understanding chronic pain’ as chronic pain is not a symptom but a disease.

About me


  • 202402-202404 – forskningsvistelse i Newcastle och Sydney, Australien: Hunter Integrated Pain Service, John Hunter Hospital, Department of Pain Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle

  • 2022 – Senior consultant, Dept. of Pain and Rehabilitation Center, Region Östergötland

  • 2021 – Associate professor in rehabilitation medicine
  • 2020 – Specialist physician in rehabilitation medicine, Dept. of Pain and rehabilitation, Region Östergötland
  • 2012 –2020 -Physician (internship and residency), Region Östergötland
  • 2010-2014 - PhD in geriatric medicine, Linköping University



Huan-Ji Dong, Katherine Brain, Max Olsson, Elena Dragioti, Björn Gerdle, Bijar Ghafouri (2024) Eating habits and the desire to eat healthier among patients with chronic pain: a registry-based study Scientific Reports, Vol. 14, Article 4705 Continue to DOI
Huan-Ji Dong, Anneli Peolsson, Maria Johansson (2024) Effects of proactive healthcare on pain, physical and activities of daily living functioning in vulnerable older adults with chronic pain: a pragmatic clinical trial with one- and two-year follow-up European Geriatric Medicine Continue to DOI


Huan-Ji Dong, Emmanuel Bäckryd (2023) Teaching the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain: Whom are we talking to? Patient Education and Counseling, Vol. 110, Article 107645 Continue to DOI
Elin Storm, Nina Bendelin, Kim Bergström Wessman, Maria M. Johansson, Mathilda Björk, Huan-Ji Dong (2023) Lifestyle changes are burdensome with my body broken by pain and obesity: patients perspectives after pain rehabilitation BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 24, Article 840 Continue to DOI
Björn Gerdle, Elena Dragioti, Marcelo Rivano Fischer, Huan-Ji Dong, Asa Ringqvist (2023) Catastrophizing and acceptance are mediators between insomnia and pain intensity-an SQRP study of more than 6,400 patients with non-malignant chronic pain conditions FRONTIERS IN PAIN RESEARCH, Vol. 4, Article 1244606 Continue to DOI