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Kristin Gustafsson

Affilated researcher

I am a phd student at Linköping University and work clinically as a physiotherapist at Rehabilitation Centre, Ryhov County Hospital in Jönköping. My research is focused on risk- and health factors in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis.

My research

In my research, I study risk- and health factors in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis

They has been referred for structured core treatment (including education and individually adapted exercises) and registered in the National Quality Register for “Better Management of Patients with Osteoarthritis” (BOA).

I study if patients in the BOA Register differ from the Swedish general population regarding socioeconomic, health and sick leave. I also strives for identifying factors that can predict progression and long-term outcome for the patients in the BOA Register.

Previously I have also studied physiotherapeutic treatment of acute ankle sprains.

About me


  • 1998 Registered Physiotherapist

  • 2006 Master's of Science in physiotherapy

  • 2010 Physiotherapist, specialist in Orthopedics

  • 2017 PhD-student



Kristin Gustafsson, Joanna Kvist, Marit Eriksson, Ola Rolfson (2023) What Factors Identified in Initial Osteoarthritis Management Are Associated With Poor Patient-reported Outcomes After THA?: A Register-based Study Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Vol. 481, p. 1732-1742 Continue to DOI
Kristin Gustafsson, Kristina Areskoug Josefsson, Marit Eriksson, Ola Rolfson, Joanna Kvist (2023) Perspectives on health care and self-management of osteoarthritis among patients who desire surgery: A qualitative interview study Physiotherapy Theory and Practice Continue to DOI
Kristin Gustafsson (2023) Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: Who Are the Patients Referred to First-Line Intervention and What Happens to Them?
Simone Battista, Ali Kiadaliri, Therese Jonsson, Kristin Gustafsson, Martin Englund, Marco Testa, Andrea DellIsola (2023) Factors Associated With Adherence to a Supervised Exercise Intervention for Osteoarthritis: Data From the Swedish Osteoarthritis Registry Arthritis care & research, Vol. 75, p. 2117-2126 Continue to DOI


Kristin Gustafsson, Joanna Kvist, Caddie Zhou, Marit Eriksson, Ola Rolfson (2022) Progression to arthroplasty surgery among patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis: a study from the Swedish BOA Register The Bone & Joint Journal, Vol. 104-B, p. 792-800 Continue to DOI



  • Marit Eriksson IMH, Linköpings Universitet och Futurum Region Jönköpings län
  • Ola Rolfson, Professor. Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper, Sahlgrenska Akademin, Göteborgs Universitet
  • Leif Dahlberg, Professor, Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper, Lunds Universitet
  • Kristina Areskoug Josefsson, Docent, Biträdande professor, Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare, Hälsohögskolan i Jönköping