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 analyze 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.

Research Group



Anne H. Berman, Karoline Kolaas, Elisabeth Petersen, Preben Bendtsen, Erik Hedman, Catharina Linderoth, Ulrika Müssener, Kristina Sinadinovic, Fredrik Spak, Ida Gremyr, Anna Thurang

Clinician experiences of healthy lifestyle promotion and perceptions of digital interventions as complementary tools for lifestyle behavior change in primary care

In BMC Family Practice

Article in journal

E Kristin Andersson, Ulrika Müssener, Catharina Linderoth, Nadine Karlsson, Preben Bendtsen, Marcus Bendtsen

Effectiveness of a Text Messaging-Based Intervention Targeting Alcohol Consumption Among University Students: Randomized Controlled Trial

In JMIR mhealth and uhealth

Article in journal


Kristin Thomas, Marcus Bendtsen, Catharina Linderoth, Nadine Karlsson, Preben Bendtsen, Ulrika Müssener

Short message service (SMS)-based intervention targeting alcohol consumption among university students: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial

In Trials

Article in journal

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


Research Area