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Lisa Hjelmfors


How can a doctor and nurse talk about the future with a patient who is suffering from a terminal illness? I am researching this issue with the aim of bringing about “constructive discussion” between patient and healthcare staff.

Communication about the prognosis

As a behavioural expert, I have a special interest in medical education and am interested in educational processes addressing patients, relatives and staff. My thesis focuses on improving communication between healthcare staff, heart failure patients and their families with regard to heart failure prognosis and the course of the disease.

I am employed as a doctoral student on the TALK-HF project, where Tiny Jaarsma is the project manager. TALK-HF stands for "Developing and Evaluating a Training Programme Aimed at Reducing the Lack of Knowledge and Communication concerning Palliative Care Issues in Heart Failure Patients". The overall purpose of the study is to improve the quality of care for heart failure patients by focusing on communication problems between healthcare staff and heart failure patients by improving their quality of life, while at the same time preventing unnecessary suffering and use of resources. This is done by setting up, further developing and testing a training intervention in the field of communication for healthcare staff in palliative care. Data will be collected from both the heart failure patients and healthcare staff in order to gain both groups' views on optimal communication concerning palliative care for heart failure patients.
I am also a Research Assistant in the Wii-project.

Evaluation of palliative simulation in training in nursing

Simulation is an innovative method used at Linköping University in order to train student nurses in palliative care. In this project we have carried out ethnographic observations in order to study how students feel about such a simulation scenario and what significance it might have for their learning

Problem-based learning in patient education

I am interested in educational processes with regard to patient and staff training,, with the aim of providing support for good self care on the part of the chronically ill.

My Master's thesis was written as part of "COR-PRIM: this is a randomised study which evaluates long-term effects on self-care after an event of CORONARY disease by providing PBL in PRIMARY care”, and where Anita Kärner was project manager. The essay "The enactment adjunct of problem-based learning in patient education – Different scenes and different roles" used ethnography for research, and I was a participant observer at COR-PRIM's patient training sessions where I identified and described scenarios involving problem-based learning which were raised by supervisors and patients of problem-based learning.

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Academic qualifications

  • Behavioural Expert, Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2010
  • Master of Science in medical education in 2012
  • Doctoral student in 2013



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I am a PhD student representative of the Admissions Committee for Doctoral studies in ISV (OMV/ATP).

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You can reach me at the phone number +46735606919.

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