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Maria Bäck

Adjunct Professor


About me


  • 2018 Associate Professor, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Unit of Physiotherapy, Linköping University
  • 2014-16 Post-doc, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Unit of Physiotherapy, Linköping University
  • 2012 PhD in medicine, Institute of medicine, Sahlgrenska academy, University of Gothenburg
  • 2008 Specialist competence in cardiovascular diseases
  • 2005 Master of Science in physiotherapy, University of Gothenburg.
  • 2001 Bachelor of physiotherapy, University of Gothenburg

Field of teaching

Teaching at the Physiotherapy program and at advanced levels, mainly lectures, workshops and examinations in the fields of cardiovascular disease, exercise, physiology and behavioural medicine. Supervision of masters degree-projects and PhD students.

Selection of merits

  • Reviewers in scientific journals
  • Member of examination boards
  • Invited speaker to national and international congresses and educational courses
  • SWEDEHEART steering group member
  • Coordinator of the national network of physiotherapists working in cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapist representative in the National system for knowledge driven management within Swedish healthcare as member of the national working group for secondary prevention of coronary artery disease
  • Chair (2012-2018) and past chair (2019-2020) of the Swedish Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Health Professions within Cardiology
  • Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC)
  • Board member of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Health Professions (ACNAP) within the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
  • Chair of the ESC Task Force on Allied Professionals, led by ACNAP
  • Co-chair together with Professor Dominique Hansen of the ESC Task Force on Physiotherapy and Sport Scientists Network, led by European Association of Preventive Cardiology
  • Member of the Secondary Prevention and Rehabilitation section of the Association of Preventive Cardiology within the ESC



Vasiliki Tsampasian, Maria Bäck, Marco Bernardi, Elena Cavarretta, Maciej Debski, Sabiha Gati, Dominique Hansen, Nicolle Kraenkel, Konstantinos C. Koskinas, Josef Niebauer, Luigi Spadafora, Manuel Frias Vargas, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Vassilios S. Vassiliou (2024) Cardiovascular disease as part of Long COVID: a systematic review European Journal of Preventive Cardiology Continue to DOI
Laura Jess, Marianne Jarfelt, Maria Bäck (2024) Reliability and validity of self-report questions for assessing levels of physical activity and sedentary time in adult childhood cancer survivors BMC SPORTS SCIENCE MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, Vol. 16, Article 66 Continue to DOI
Andreas Blomqvist, Maria Bäck, Leonie Klompstra, Anna Strömberg, Tiny Jaarsma (2024) Usability and feasibility analysis of an mHealth-tool for supporting physical activity in people with heart failure BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Vol. 24, Article 44 Continue to DOI
Joakim Nordanstig, Christian-Alexander Behrendt, Iris Baumgartner, Jill Belch, Maria Bäck, Robert Fitridge, Robert Hinchliffe, Anne Lejay, Joseph L. Mills, Ulrich Rother, Birgitta Sigvant, Konstantinos Spanos, Zoltan Szeberin, Willemien van de Water (2024) Editor's Choice - European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) 2024 Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management of Asymptomatic Lower Limb Peripheral Arterial Disease and Intermittent Claudication European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Vol. 67 Continue to DOI
Susanna Wittboldt, Margret Leosdottir, Annica Ravn Fischer, Björn Ekman, Maria Bäck (2024) Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation after acute myocardial infarction in Sweden - standards, costs, and adherence to European guidelines (The Perfect-CR study) Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Vol. 40, p. 366-376 Continue to DOI


Selection of research funding as a main applicant

  • Swedish Research Council
  • Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
  • Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation
  • Swedish Heart and Lung Association
  • Family Kamprad Foundation
  • Grants from the Swedish state under the agreement between the Swedish government and the county councils, the ALF agreement
  • Post-doc fellowship from Swedish Society of Medical Research