Implementation Science… and more

Implementation science is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field that has emerged in the 2000s to address challenges of translating research into practice.

I have contributed to building an ambitious implementation research program, which has attracted national and international interest. It includes annual Masters- and PhD-level courses, the latter with student applications from all the Nordic countries and beyond. I lead numerous implementation research projects, including several PhD projects. 

My research interests also encompass health organization issues, patient safety, culture, leadership and workplace learning. I have also studied various public health issues, such as injury prevention, alcohol prevention and physical activity promotion. Writing is a passion. I have developed and lead The Art and Science of Scientific Writing, a PhD course which teaches principles of scientific writing.

My research interests can be traced to my varied background, including studies in behavioural economy, with graduation from Stockholm School of Economics (“Handelshögskolan”), and in systems development. Before I became a researcher in 2003, I had a 15-year career as organizational consultant in competence issues and as author of international books on artists such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Prince.

Research groups


Recent publications


Gerd Ahlstrom, Per Nilsen, Eva Benzein, Lina Behm, Birgitta Wallerstedt, Magnus Persson, Anna Sandgren

Implementation of knowledge-based palliative care in nursing homes and pre-post post evaluation by cross-over design: a study protocol

In BMC Palliative Care

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Allan Abbott, Karin Schröder, Paul Enthoven, Per Nilsen, Birgitta Öberg

Effectiveness of implementing a best practice primary healthcare model for low back pain (BetterBack) compared with current routine care in the Swedish context: an internal pilot study informed protocol for an effectiveness-implementation hybrid type 2 trial

In BMJ Open

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Per Nilsen, Birgitta Wallerstedt, Lina Behm, Gerd Ahlstroem

Towards evidence-based palliative care in nursing homes in Sweden: a qualitative study informed by the organizational readiness to change theory

In Implementation Science

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Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Ann Christine Bodilsen, Tine Tjornhoj-Thomsen, Mette Merete Pedersen, Thomas Bandholm, Rasmus Kov Husted, Lise Kronborg Poulsen, Janne Petersen, Ove Andersen, Per Nilsen

A tailored strategy for designing the Walk-Copenhagen (WALK-Cph) intervention to increase mobility in hospitalised older medical patients: a protocol for the qualitative part of the WALK-Cph project

In BMJ Open

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Chung-Ying Lin, Anders Brostrom, Per Nilsen, Amir H. Pakpour

Using extended theory of planned behavior to understand aspirin adherence in pregnant women

In Pregnancy Hypertension

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