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Siw Carlfjord

Senior Associate Professor

I am a Registered Physiotherapist with a Master´s degree in Public Health. My thesis focused on the implementation of lifestyle interventions in Primary Care. My research and teaching areas are Implementation, Physiotherapy and Public Health.

Social Medicine and Public Health with focus on Implementation issues

The implementation of new methods in Health Care is a growing research field. To be of benefit for patients, new evidence based methods must be successfully implemented in practice.

My research area concerns the implementation of new methods in various fields, such as Primary Care, Physiotherapy and Patient Safety. The application of theoretical models in planning, performing, and evaluation of implementation processes helps to create new knowledge in the area.

I am also engaged in teaching regarding implementation, physiotherapy and public health. I have an interest in research methodology, in particular qualitative research methods.

About me


  • 1985 Reg. Physiotherapist
  • 2004 Master of Public Health
  • 2012 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • 2018 Associate Professor

Field of Teaching

  • Teacher at the Physiotherapy programme, the Medical programme and the Master´s programme in Medical Science
  • Course coordinator of a course on Clinical Evaluation and Measurement in Physiotherapy
  • Supervisor for students in Physiotherapy and Public Health



Recent publications


Yvonne Lindbäck, Siw Carlfjord (2024) Experiences from pre-surgery physiotherapy and thoughts about future exercise among patients with disc herniation or spinal stenosis: A qualitative study MUSCULOSKELETAL SCIENCE AND PRACTICE, Vol. 69, Article 102892 Continue to DOI


Gunnel Peterson, Siw Carlfjord, Emma Nilsing Strid, Sofia Ask, Margaretha Jönsson, Anneli Peolsson (2022) Evaluation of implementation and effectiveness of neck-specific exercise for persistent disability and pain after whiplash injury: study protocol for a randomized controlled study using a hybrid 2 design BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 23, Article 516 Continue to DOI


Siw Carlfjord, Maria Landén Ludvigsson, Anneli Peolsson, Gunnel Peterson (2021) Adoption of a research-based program for neck disorders implemented in primary care physiotherapy: a short- and long-term follow-up survey study Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, Vol. 37, p. 89-98 Continue to DOI


Siw Carlfjord, Eva Malmberg, Carina Skoglund (2020) Introduction of medication review and medication report in Swedish hospital and primary care, using a theory-based implementation strategy BMC Health Services Research, Vol. 20, Article 867 Continue to DOI
Ursula Reichenpfader, Anette Wickström, Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Siw Carlfjord (2020) 'In the hospital all is taken care of': A practice-theoretical approach to understand patients' medication use Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 42, p. 50-64 Continue to DOI