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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Amy O'Donnell, Latifa Abidi, Jamie Brown, Nadine Karlsson, Per Nilsen, Kerstin Roback, Janna Skagerström, Kristin Thomas

Beliefs and attitudes about addressing alcohol consumption in health care: a population survey in England

In BMC Public Health

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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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Per Nilsen, Carin Ericsson, Janna Skagerström, Kristina Schildmeijer

Patientmedverkan från retorik till praktik

In Läkartidningen

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Siw Carlfjord, Kerstin Roback, Per Nilsen

Five years experience of an annual course on implementation science: an evaluation among course participants

In Implementation Science

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