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One of my absolute greatest research contributions to clinical practice is the development of a brief screening tool to detect eating difficulties, the instrument Minimal Eating Observation Form - Version II. The instrument is used both clinically and in research. It has been translated into over ten languages. A speech pathologist and researcher expressed the following:

This test is the most effective in nursing homes to extend the observation of caregivers. The other easy-to-use tools only look at foods and textures, which is not enough (2023-07-03, Xavier Cormary, Speech therapist, France).

My research focus is within eating difficulties, nutrition, and neurology (stroke and Parkinson's disease). I am also working with psychometrics and metrology, methods for evaluation and development of instruments/rating scales based on classical and modern test theory.

During my Ph.D. studies, the focus for my research was on older people, especially older people with stroke and their problems with eating and nutrition. The studies were conducted within acute care and rehabilitation. After becoming Ph.D. (2001) the research has expanded to include care and service to elderly people within primary care and municipalities (special accommodation and ordinary living). The focus on neurology and nutrition maintains. I became associate professor at Lund University in 2006. During 2007-2009 I was employed as research assistant, funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). I am a professor of nursing (since 2009), and director for the Research platform for Collaboration for Health 2018-2023. During the autumn 2018 until autumn 2019 I was a visiting professor (in the name of Hedda Andersson) at Lund University, 20 %.

I am the third generation of nurses in my family. Grandmother Hanna Nilsson (born Åkesdotter) became a nurse in Kristianstad 1911, mother Ingegärd Westergren (born Nilsson) in Jönköping 1949, and I became a nurse in Kristianstad 1989.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

FOHRK. Centre for Food, Health and Retail at Kristianstad University



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