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Susanna Ågren

Senior Associate Professor

I teach and conduct research in nursing focused on critically ill and fragile patients and their families in intensive care, tuberculosis and thoracic care. I am course coordinator in semester 6 of the nursing programme.


The aim of my research is to understand the family situation related to heart disease and critical care. What support do they need and how they will manage their situation? I continue to study the family as a unit, with each member as a part of the family.

I have focused to meet the family individually, as a group, but also interactive. By evaluating this in randomized studies, focus groups and individual interviews in different research groups; burden, strain, relationship, health-related quality of life, hope, self-care, empowerment.

About me


  • Docent and Senior Associate Professor of Nursing
  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Main supervisor for 1 PhD student LiU and planned for another PhD student in 2024

Educational assignments

  • Course coordinator Semester 6 Nursing Programme
  • Examiner, nursing program and specialist intensive care program
  • Group supervision and examiner bachelor and master thesis in basic and advanced level
  • Academic coordinator exchange students and teachers
  • Research supervision at LiU and ThoraxVascular Clinic


  • Nurses with PhDs in intensive care, nationally
  • Council leader Education Council, National Association for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Member of the programme committee nursing programme, Review committee newly admitted doctoral students and the International Affairs Team, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, LiU and the review panel for applications, Region Östergötland

Selected publications

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Mona Ahlberg, Carina Persson, Carina Berterö, Susanna Ågren (2021)

Families, Systems & Health , Vol.39 , s.293-305 Continue to DOI

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Susanna Ågren, Anna Eriksson, Mats Fredrikson, Gunilla Hollman Frisman, Lotti Orwelius (2019)

Intensive & Critical Care Nursing , Vol.50 , s.103-110 Continue to DOI



Sebastian Geijer, Märtha Sund-Levander, Carina Hjelm, Susanna Ågren (2023) Tidig upptäckt av allvarlig vårdrelaterad infektion - Erfarenheter från sjukvårdspersonal på kirurgisk- och intensivvårdsavdelning
Susanna Ågren (2023) Familjestöd till svårt sjuk/kritisk sjuk patient
Anna Drakenberg, MiaLinn Arvidsson-Lindvall, Elisabeth Ericsson, Susanna Ågren, Ann-Sofie Sundqvist (2023) The symphony of open-heart surgical care: A mixed-methods study about interprofessional attitudes towards family involvement International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, Vol. 18, Article 2176974 Continue to DOI