Bodil Ivarsson

University of Lund, Sweden


Bodil Ivarsson works half her time as a Researcher at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden, and the other half as a Research Manager at Medical Services, Regional Skåne, Sweden. In 2005, she defended her doctoral dissertation “waiting for heart surgery,” and she has been an Associate Professor since 2012. So far, the studies of Professor Ivarsson have mainly focused on the care of both chronically and critically ill patients and their next of kin, and her main research area is mostly cardiovascular disease (information, education, and reception). Patients with cardiovascular disease receive care from several different healthcare providers; the information and reception of these patients are sometimes varied, incomplete, and not always well-synchronized. Her research has highlighted a need for a better understanding of the factors that influence cardiovascular patient’s information requirements, as well as patient information, in different areas of the healthcare organization. Ivarsson’s work focuses on information about risk of different types of complications in connection with cardiac surgery, information regarding sexuality after myocardial infarction, and information and support before and after heart or lung transplantation or in connection to pulmonary hypertension. The research is performed with both qualitative and quantitative methods. Moreover, Dr. Ivarsson is a Member of a national research group working on a multicentered study designed to develop an instrument for investigating “sexual life and married life in men and women suffering a first suspected myocardial infarction.” Ivarsson has, furthermore, cosupervised two Ph.D. degree students.

Biography Updated on 26 October 2014

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