Per Nilsen

Professor

My focus is implementation science, which addresses the research-to-practice gap. I am also engaged in health services research and public health studies. Interdisciplinarity, theory use and behaviour change are common threads.

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.

Publications

2024

Matti E. Leijon, Albin Algotson, Susanne Bernhardsson, David Ekholm, Lydia Ersberg, Malin J-son Höök, Carolina Klüft, Ulrika Müssener, Elisabeth Skoog Garås, Per Nilsen (2024) Generation Pep - study protocol for an intersectoral community-wide physical activity and healthy eating habits initiative for children and young people in Sweden Frontiers In Public Health, Vol. 12 Continue to DOI
Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Mette Bendtz Lindstroem, Nina Thorny Stefansdottir, Ove Andersen, Byron J. Powell, Per Nilsen, Tine Tjornhoj-Thomsen (2024) Influences of specialty identity when implementing a new emergency department in Denmark: a qualitative study BMC Health Services Research, Vol. 24, Article 162 Continue to DOI
Nina Thorny Stefansdottir, Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Line Vestergaard, Dicte Bjarup Thogersen, Ida Seing, Karsten Vrangbaek, Ove Andersen, Per Nilsen, Tine Tjornhoj-Thomsen, Elin Karlsson (2024) Young adults' perceptions of information on social distancing measures and everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark and Sweden: an interview study International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, Vol. 29, Article 2312860 Continue to DOI
Per Nilsen (2024) Artificial intelligence in nursing: From speculation to science Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing Continue to DOI

2023

Per Nilsen, Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Kristin Thomas (2023) Going beyond the traditional tools of implementation science FRONTIERS IN HEALTH SERVICES, Vol. 3, Article 1343058 Continue to DOI

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2024

Matti E. Leijon, Albin Algotson, Susanne Bernhardsson, David Ekholm, Lydia Ersberg, Malin J-son Höök, Carolina Klüft, Ulrika Müssener, Elisabeth Skoog Garås, Per Nilsen (2024) Generation Pep - study protocol for an intersectoral community-wide physical activity and healthy eating habits initiative for children and young people in Sweden Frontiers In Public Health, Vol. 12 Continue to DOI
Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Mette Bendtz Lindstroem, Nina Thorny Stefansdottir, Ove Andersen, Byron J. Powell, Per Nilsen, Tine Tjornhoj-Thomsen (2024) Influences of specialty identity when implementing a new emergency department in Denmark: a qualitative study BMC Health Services Research, Vol. 24, Article 162 Continue to DOI
Nina Thorny Stefansdottir, Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Line Vestergaard, Dicte Bjarup Thogersen, Ida Seing, Karsten Vrangbaek, Ove Andersen, Per Nilsen, Tine Tjornhoj-Thomsen, Elin Karlsson (2024) Young adults' perceptions of information on social distancing measures and everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark and Sweden: an interview study International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, Vol. 29, Article 2312860 Continue to DOI
Per Nilsen (2024) Artificial intelligence in nursing: From speculation to science Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing Continue to DOI

2023

Per Nilsen, Jeanette Wassar Kirk, Kristin Thomas (2023) Going beyond the traditional tools of implementation science FRONTIERS IN HEALTH SERVICES, Vol. 3, Article 1343058 Continue to DOI

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