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Marcus Bendtsen

Senior Associate Professor

Digital interventions can help individuals change their behaviours - my research is focused on quantitative estimation of the effects of interventions, including for whom the interventions are most beneficial and how they effect society.


I am a senior associate professor in biostatistics in public health. My focus is on the estimation of effects of interventions and its methodological challenges.

My research is centred on digital lifestyle interventions, for instance mobile phone-based interventions that aim to help individuals reduce their alcohol consumption. I primarily aim to investigate the effects of lifestyle interventions through quantitative means: the total effect on a population, the effect on specific individuals, identification of subgroups for whom the interventions have the greatest/least effect, and how interventions effect different mediating psychosocial factors.

Bayesian statistics offer an alternative to the point estimating and dichotomising tradition that is prevalent today. I actively seek to spread knowledge about this alternative through publications and seminars, and through the use of Bayesian statistics in my own research.

I teach at both the medical and technical faculties at Linköping University. At the medical faculty, I am involved in e-health-related courses for master's students and epidemiology for Ph.D. and medical students. At the technical faculty, I am the examiner and course leader for the IT engineers' project course, and I am also part of the planning committee for the IT engineers.

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Katarina Åsberg, Ann Catrine Eldh, Marie Löf, Marcus Bendtsen (2024) "Simply complicated": Uncovering the processes of lifestyle behavior change among college and university students with access to a digital multiple lifestyle intervention Digital Health, Vol. 10, Article 20552076241245905 Continue to DOI
Muna Atallah Saleh, Johanna Sjöwall, Marcus Bendtsen, Christopher Sjöwall (2024) The prevalence of neutropenia and association with infections in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: a Swedish single-center study conducted over 14 years Rheumatology International Continue to DOI
Anne H. Berman, Naira Topooco, Petra Lindfors, Marcus Bendtsen, Philip Lindner, Olof Molander, Martin Kraepelien, Christopher Sundstrom, Nooshin Talebizadeh, Karin Engstroem, George Vlaescu, Gerhard Andersson, Claes Andersson (2024) Transdiagnostic and tailored internet intervention to improve mental health among university students: Research protocol for a randomized controlled trial Trials, Vol. 25, Article 158 Continue to DOI
Claes Andersson, Anne H. Berman, Petra Lindfors, Marcus Bendtsen (2024) Trust in academic management during the COVID-19 pandemic: longitudinal effects on mental health and academic self-efficacy Cogent Education, Vol. 11, Article 2327779 Continue to DOI
Katarina Ulfsdotter Gunnarsson, Elizabeth S. Collier, Jim Mccambridge, Marcus Bendtsen (2024) Randomized study of two different consent procedures on recall: a study within a digital alcohol intervention trial Trials, Vol. 25, Article 5 Continue to DOI