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Ulrika Müssener

Senior Associate Professor

My research focuses on the interaction between people regarding lifestyle, health and changing habits.

Lifestyle Intervention

My research focuses on the interaction between people regarding lifestyle, health and changing habits. In my PhD-thesis I studied the importance of a good encounter between health care professionals and people on sick leave for their return to work. In my recent studies I am looking at the electronic interaction, through text messages, in a smoking cessation program or for lower alcohol consumption.

Lifestyle Intervention

My latest research project is developing a text-based programme that aims to get students to stop smoking. The programme spans over twelve weeks during which the students get one to five text messages a day about the effects of smoking as well as motivation and support to quit smoking. If the person would feel a craving he or she can answer an SMS and get additional supportive messages. The program is now sent out to a total of 400,000 students at all the country's universities and colleges. When the 12-week period is completed this spring, we will continue to analyse the material. This project is run in the context of the research group "Lifestyle Intervention Implementation Research Group" - LiiR led by Professor Preben Bendtsen.

Encounters with people on sick leave

Previous studies have shown that people on sick leave who have experienced a good encounter with health care professionals, occupational health, social insurance and other relevant bodies return to work faster than those who feel they have been treated worse. A good tone is crucial. The meeting between people is at the centre of my field of research and was part of my PhD thesis: Encouraging Encounters: Experiences of People in Sick Leave in Their Meetings with Professionals in 2007. After my PhD, I continued my research in this area for a couple of years with funding from FORTE (formerly FAS) in collaboration with Elsy Söderbergs research team with support from, among others, AFA.

About me

Other assignments

  • Head of the Division for Community Medicine
  • Responsible for semester 8 at the Medical Program, theme "approach and public health"
  • Supervisor for students essays at the Occupational Therapy Program



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


Christina Alexandrou, Stina Rutberg, Linnea Johansson, Anna-Karin Lindqvist, Ulrika Müssener, Marie Löf (2023) User experiences of an app-based mHealth intervention (MINISTOP 2.0) integrated in Swedish primary child healthcare among Swedish-, Somali- and Arabic-speaking parents and child healthcare nurses: A qualitative study Digital Health, Vol. 9, Article 20552076231203630 Continue to DOI
Ulrika Müssener, Pontus Henriksson, Catharina Gustavsson, Hanna Henriksson, Marten J. Tyrberg, Stefan Johansson, Kristin Alfredsson Ågren (2023) Promoting Healthy Behaviors Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Intellectual Disability: Protocol for Developing a Digital Intervention With Co-Design Workshops JMIR Research Protocols, Vol. 12, Article e47877 Continue to DOI
Maria Fagerström, Marie Löf, Ulrika Müssener, Kristin Thomas (2023) The importance of trusting conditions for organizations readiness to implement mHealth to support healthy lifestyle behaviors: An interview study within Swedish child and school healthcare Digital Health, Vol. 9, Article 20552076231181476 Continue to DOI


Kristin Thomas, Margit Neher, Christina Alexandrou, Ulrika Müssener, Hanna Henriksson, Marie Löf (2022) Mobile phone-based lifestyle support for families with young children in primary health care (MINISTOP 2.0): Exploring behavioral change determinants for implementation using the COM-B model. Frontiers in health services, Vol. 2, Article 951879 Continue to DOI


Digital encounters

Digital encounters

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