DOME · eHealth · Medical Records Online · National patient survey · Uppsala Health Summit

Submission week!


This week I submitted several texts, related to different studies and activities I have been working with during the last couple of years. Last Monday, I finally submitted the first version of the journal article presenting the first findings from the observation/interview/survey study at Uppsala University Hospital! The article focuses on the survey part and contains several interesting results (some of them surprising) about how the work of healthcare professionals has been affected by patient accessible electronic health records. Now, Åsa Cajander and I just have to wait for the peer review reports! I will write more about this study when the peer-review process has been completed.

Last Thursday, I submitted the last corrections to the proofs for the overview article about the large national patient survey which several researchers within the DOME consortium have worked with. Within a few days the article will be published open access! The article will present the very first results from the follow-up work about long-term effects (for patients) of patient accessible electronic health records in Sweden. A press release has already been prepared and my next blog post will probably focus on that. I really wonder what effects that press release will have, since the last one we published was picked up by several media sites!

Last Friday, I also submitted the last correction to the post-conference report for Uppsala Health Summit, where the results from all workshops are presented. Next week, that report will be sent to layout editors and I will of course write a blog post about it when it has been published online.

This has been quite a productive week for me, but several important things will happen during the next couple of weeks as well, so stay tuned!

The blog picture is my own – I took from the ferry while going from Öregrund to Gräsö Yesterday.



Pedagogical development · Pedagogy · Social media in higher education · Teaching

Recently got my first ever book chapter published!

As I have mentioned in several earlier blog posts, I have been working on a book chapter, together with Pernilla Josefsson, about the use of Twitter as a complementary communication channel in higher education courses. The chapter is one of many chapters included in the book “Digitalisering av högre utbildning” [Digitalization of higher education], edited by professor Stefan Hrastinski (see picture above), which was published in August. This is the first time I have been working with a text that is meant to be used in teacher education!

The book covers a wide range of topics connected to the use of digital technology in higher education. Most of the chapters are written by University teachers from all over Sweden and include popular science descriptions of personal experiences with the use of digital technologies in their own courses. All chapters are written in Swedish. The chapter that I wrote with Pernilla presents my experiences with using Twitter in one of the courses in communication that I was responsible for at KTH. We present the implementation and results as well as lessons learned. We also introduce our scientific study, based on the Twitter communication, which was carried out during the same course round.

I really enjoyed working with the chapter and I hope other teachers who want to implement Twitter in their courses will find it useful! The scientific study about the use of Twitter in higher education courses is, for the moment, only published in Pernilla’s doctoral thesis. I link to her thesis in this blog post, where I also write about the defense.

You can find more information about the book here:ögre+utbildning

I will write more about this book later on, when I have had the chance to implement some of the ideas from other chapters in my own teaching!

communication · DOME · eHealth · Medical Records Online · Popular science

On the importance of writing press releases about what we do in academia


In my last blog post I wrote about an article on “threats and violence for staff and patient accessible electronic health records”, which was recently published in Cogent Psychology. Earlier this week a press release about the study was published on the Uppsala University media web. Since research on patient accessible electronic health records (PAEHRs) should be of interest to most of us, we thought it would be interesting and important to reach out with our results to the public in this way, and we were of course hoping that someone would pick up the news.

After less than one week, articles based on our press release have been published at the following places (at this point, all the articles we have found are in Swedish):

  • published an article, Nätjournaler ökar rädslan för hot och våld, which was a re-organized version of our original press release. is an online resource, where results from publicly funded research are communicated to the public.
  • published an article with the same name, Nätjournaler ökar rädslan för hot och våld. The editor actually emailed me and asked me to write a summary of the study, so this particular popular science article is written by me and Åsa Cajander. is a venue where scientists get the opportunity to write short, popular science, summaries about their published studies.
  • Dagens medicin published an article, Uppsala inför e-journal i psykiatrin, which actually took the results from our study a bit further. They connected our study to the current work with implementation of psychiatry records online in Region Uppsala! They interviewed both Åsa Cajander and the person in charge of the implementation process at Uppsala University Hospital, Åsa Törnkvist. As one of the researchers following this implementation process, I can without hesitation verify that the concerns of healthcare professionals has been taken seriously.
  • SVT Nyheter published an article, E-journaler ökar oron för hot och våld inom vården, which again took the results from our study a bit further. Even in this case they interviewed Åsa Cajander and they also interviewed a representative from the Swedish Association of Health Professionals in Uppsala! Once again, they also connected our results to the ongoing implementation of psychiatry records online in Region Uppsala.

I have never before seen this kind of interest in a study I have been working on! Not only did different media sites publish versions of our press release, but they also conducted new interviews and investigations based on the results we published. I think it’s safe to say that this would not have happened if we hadn’t published that initial press release last Tuesday. I think there is an important lesson to be learned here – it’s important to write both popular science and scientific version of our studies, especially when the research concerns as all as is the case with PAEHRs (we are all patients and/or relatives of patients, right?). We will definitely continue to write press releases about our studies and the next one, about the patients’ attitudes towards and experiences with PAEHRs, will be published very soon on the Uppsala University media web!

In summary, we can conclude that, yeah, someone picked up the news!  🙂

DOME · eHealth · Medical Records Online

New article published: “On threats and violence for staff and patient accessible electronic health records”!


Last Friday, an article written by Ulrika Åkerstedt, Åsa Cajander, me and Ture Ålander was published in the open access journal Cogent Psychology. The article, “On threats and violence for staff and patient accessible electronic health records”, presents results from a survey study conducted with healthcare professionals from an emergency department and a psychiatric department, respectively. Patients at the emergency department could access their electronic health records online since about a year back, while patients at the psychiatry department did not yet have this access. The study showed that 40% of the participating healthcare professionals believed that risks of threats and violence increase after launch of patient accessible electronic health records (PAEHRs). The study did not show any correlation with more (self-reported) instances of threats and violence.

You can of course read more in the open access article, which you can find here.

Early this morning a press release was published, which introduced the study and linked to the article. This is the very first time I have taken part in work that has been announced in that way! You can read the press release (in Swedish) here.

Here is the article’s abstract:

Does patient accessible electronic health records (PAEHR) result in increased risk of threats and violence? This study was conducted one year after launching PAEHR in Uppsala to examine whether staff whose patients had gained access to the patient portal perceived greater risks of threats and violence, and were exposed to more threats and violence, than those whose patients had not yet gained access. A total of 174 (35%) professionals responded to a web survey. 83 were from the emergency department, whose patients had online electronic health record access, and 91 were from the psychiatric department, whose patients had not. 40% of all participating professionals believed that risks of threats and violence increase after launch. The results did not support a correlation with more incidents of threats and violence, and only one respondent reported that patient access had played any significant negative role in relation to an incident.

Very soon, another press release will be published about the DOME consortium’s work on PAEHRs, so stay tuned for more!! 🙂