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Helena Kilander is a researcher and assistent research leader in the project IMPROVE it in collaboration with associated professor Elin Larsson, Department of Global Public Health.


Helena Kilander's research is mainly about quality improvements in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her research concerns the prevention of unintended pregnancy, sexual violence and sexual risk-taking.

In her dissertation, she studied women's choice of contraceptive method in connection with abortion in a Swedish population. Taken together, the project's quantitative and qualitative studies formed the basis for the development of systematic improvement measures regarding counseling and access to effective contraceptive methods in the context of abortion. These improvement measures were studied in a Quality Improvement Collaborative.

Helena is a researcher in project IMPROVE it and the main aim is to promote equitable reproductive health in Sweden. The IMPROVE it project stands for "IMplementing best practice postpartum contraceptive services through a quality imPROVEment initiative for and with immigrant women in Sweden." and will answer the following questions:

What are immigrant women’s and men’s views on reproductive decisions, contraception, partner’s involvement, and how to improve contraceptive counseling? (Study 1)

How does a Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC) influence the proportion of immigrant women who choose an effective postpartum contraceptive method? (Study 2a)

How and by what mechanisms is contraceptive services influenced by a Quality Improvement Collaborative, and how does context affect the implementation, and outcomes? (Study 2b)

Helena Kilander is also post doc fellow in SAMSKAPA, Forte program, Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare, School of Health and Welfare Jönköping University. She is the research leader for the project Coproduce help, support and care in connection with sexual violence. 



2021-2023             Post doc fellow, IMPROVE-it, Karolinska institute

2018                       PhD, Medical sciences, Linköping University.

2006-2007           Graduate program in Midwifery, Linköping University. 

1997-2000            Program in Nursing, Bachelor of Science, Linköping University.