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


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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Henna Hasson, Per Nilsen, Hanna Augustsson, Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz

Empirical and conceptual investigation of de-implementation of low-value care from professional and health care system perspectives: a study protocol

In Implementation Science

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Ursula Reichenpfader, Anette Wickström, Per Nilsen, Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Siw Carlfjord

Medi(c)ation work in the emergency department: Making standardized practice work

In Professions & Professionalism

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Ursula Reichenpfader, Anette Wickström, Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Per Nilsen, Siw Carlfjord

Our surgeons want this to be short and simple: practices of in-hospital medication review as coordinated sociomaterial actions

In Studies in Continuing Education

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