Research in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine

Family medicine is the dominant academic field in primary health care. Moreover, it is the parent specialization of all other non-surgical physician specializations. The content of family medicine reflects the fact that primary health care is in the front line of all health care, i.e. it is the health care facility patients are expected to begin by consulting.

For this reason family medicine research focuses on the most common diseases and illnesses in the population, for instance cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, allergy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), musculo-skeletal disorders, low back pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, pharmacoepidemiology, and the most common infectious diseases as well as social insurance medicine (sick-listing and disability retirement). We have linked these into six research areas:

Research Areas

In the research programme the focus is on patient-centred research, using clinical as well as epidemiological techniques.


The researchers at our department also teach the undergraduate curriculum in the medical and nursing programmes. In addition, the researchers lecture regularly each term at Uppsala University in the physical therapy program and the Master’s program in public health, as well as at other universities and university colleges at undergraduate level for students in the programs in physical therapy, health education, sports education, and for students in non-matriculated courses in sports psychology and continuing education courses for health care personnel at the Karolinska Institute and elsewhere.

Quality and Renewal 2011

Self assessment of ongoing and planned research and actions taken in response to the previous reseach assessment, KoF2007. 

Publications 2011 in journals with a high impact factor: 

1. Gulliksson M, Burell G, Vessby B, Lundin L, Toss H, Svärdsudd K. Randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy vs standard treatment to prevent recurrent cardiovascular events in patients with coronary heart disease: secondary prevention in Uppsala primary health care project (SUPRIM). Arch Intern Med 2011 Jan 24;171(2):134-40.
The article has been selected and evaluated  by both Peter Shapiro and Nanna Eller, Members of Faculty of 1000, which places the work among the top 2% of published articles in medicine and biology. The service is widely used to find significant new articles. For further evaluations se

2. Nilsson PM, Cederholm J. Diabetes, hypertension, and outcome studies: overview 2010. Diabetes Care 2011 May;34 Suppl 2:S109-13.



Research group leader:

Per Kristiansson
MD, PhD, Lecturer in Family Medicine

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