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Description of the institution

Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden
Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden
Postal address: SE-141 46 Stockholm, Sweden
E-mail: gunnar.ohlen@karolinska.se
Tel: +46858587075

Partner information

Karolinska University Hospital is associated with the Karolinska Institutet (KI), which is one of Europe's largest medical universities. We are also Sweden’s largest centre for medical training and research. Our mission is to improve the health of mankind through research, education and information.  KI is one of the leading institutions within medical re¬search in the world, and strategic international alliances are an essential part of our activity.

Karolinska Institutet holds bilateral collaboration agreements with a number of key academic organizations in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. These agreements cover research cooperation, teacher and/or research student exchanges, as well as other collaborative activities.

KI also maintains strategic alliances with two important European organizations; The League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the EUROLIFE network.

The research team at the Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden has for more than 25 years had a special interest in the interface between primary care and hospital care at the time of admittance either as an elective referral or as an emergency. The team has its research background in both medical and social sciences which has enabled it to do collaborative research not only with primary care providers but also the municipality social services. The compulsory use of the Swedish social security number in health care and municipality services have after ethical approval given us unique possibilities of following the patients care pathways. The researches in the group have specially focused on drug utilization and adverse drug reactions. Frequent emergency department users and how the information and care process around these patients can be improved. As a model category, the elderly patient with hip fracture has been specially studied concerning the risks connected to multiple handovers. Based on earlier research and experiences in the field of “handover” in the clinical pathways we hope to be able to use our electronic medical record system with at the present time 2.1 million patients to aid us in collaboration with the other centers within this project to enhance our knowledge concerning a safe and efficient handover process within the care process.

Research team and qualifications

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Gunnar Öhlén MD, PhD

Department of Emergency Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge; Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet.


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Fanny Airosa RN, MSc

Department of Emergency Medicine, Karolinska Univer­sity Hospital.


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Susanne Bergenbrant MD, PhD

Department of Emergency Medicine, Karolinska Univer­sity Hospital, Huddinge; Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.


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Ulf Bergman MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge; Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm; The Regional Adverse Drug Reaction Unit in Stockholm.


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Maria Flink PhD Student

Department of Social Work, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden; Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, Karolinska Insti­tutet.


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Helen Hansagi PhD

Associate Professor, Center for Dependency Disorders, Stockholm; Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.


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Mariann Olsson PhD

Department of Social Work, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Sweden, Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, Karolinska Institutet.