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Josefin Wångdahl

Biträdande lektor

Josefin Wångdahl, MSc & PhD
Associate senior lecturer at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska institutet.

Om mig

Part-time I am doing research in Carin Lennartsson's group in the Social Gerontology Sector at the Aging Research Center (ARC), Karolinska Institutet & Stockholm University on health literacy among older adults and migrants.

Part-time I am teaching at the Division of Nursing, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. I supervise students, works with a course in interproffessional learning and in the Erasmus project Skills4 Health Literacy The project aims to meet the needs of Higher Education Institutions to reduce skills gaps of health and social professionals to promote health literacy capacity-building when supporting persons at risk of dementia with the aim to deliver personalized and relevant interventions.

I am Sweden’s research representative in the Action Network on Measuring Population and Organizational Health Literacy of WHO Europe (M-POHL), a member of the Research Standards Committee of the International Health Literacy Association (IHLA), and co-founder of the Swedish webpage on Health Literacy. I do also often have external assignments regarding health literacy as an expert, trainer and lecturer outside Karolinska Institutet.

I have a MSc in Public Health Sciences and a PhD in medical science, and has mainly done research regarding health literacy, health promotion and migration health. I have project lead and evaluated several EU funded research projects that focused on health-promoting activities for migrants with refugee backgrounds. For example the project MILSA educational platform for civic- and health communicators and MILSA psychosocial health project.

 

 

Forskningsbeskrivning

Original works
  1. Roble, S., Wångdahl, J., Warner, G. (2022). COVID-19 Information in Sweden: Opinion of Immigrants with Limited Proficiency in Swedish. Health Communication. Health Communication.
  2. Mekhail, K.T., Burström, B., Marttila, A., Wångdahl, J., Lindberg, L. (2022). Psychometric qualities of the HLS-EU-Q16 instrument for parental health literacy in Swedish multicultural settings. BMC Public Health 22, 293 (2022).
  3. Bergman, L., Nilsson, U., Dahlberg, K., Wångdahl, J. (2021) Health literacy and e-health literacy among Arabic-speaking migrants in Sweden: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 21, 2165.
  4. Al-Adhami, M., Hjelm, K., Wångdahl, J., Larsson EC.  (2021). "This course is like a compass to us" - a qualitative study on newly settled migrants' perceptions of civic and health orientation in Sweden. BMC Public Health. 21(1):1606.
  5. Wångdahl, J., Dahlberg, K., Jaensson, M., Nilsson, U. (2021). Arabic Version of the Electronic Health Literacy Scale in Arabic-Speaking Individuals in Sweden: Prospective Psychometric Evaluation Study. J Med Internet Res. 23(3):e24466
  6. Wångdahl J., Jaensson M., Dahlberg K., Nilsson U. (2020). The Swedish Version of the Electronic Health Literacy Scale: Prospective Psychometric Evaluation Study Including Thresholds Levels. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 8(2):e16316.
  7. Mårtensson, L., Lytsy, P., Westerling, R., Wångdahl, J.(2020). Experiences and needs concerning health related information for newly arrived refugees in Sweden. BMC Public Health, 20(1).
  8. Wångdahl, J., Westerling, R., Lytsy, P., Mårtensson, L. (2019). Perspectives on health examination for asylum seekers in relation to health literacy – focus group discussions with Arabic and Somali speaking participants. BMC Health Serv Res 19, 676. 
  9. Wangmar, J., Jervaeus, A., Fritzell, K., Wångdahl, J., Hultcrantz, R. et al. (2018). Health literacy levels and views about being invited to a colorectal cancer screening program. Acta Oncologica, 57(6):743-749.
  10. Wångdahl, J., Lytsy, P., Mårtensson, L., Westerling, R. (2018). Poor health and refraining from seeking healthcare are associated with limited comprehensive health literacy among refugees: a Swedish cross-sectional study. International Journal of Public Health. 63 (3): 409–419.
  11. Wångdahl, J., Lytsy, P., Mårtensson, L., Westerling, R. (2015). Health literacy and refugees' experiences of the health examination for asylum seekers: a Swedish cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 15:1162.  
  12. Wångdahl, J., Mårtensson, L. (2015). Measuring health literacy: the Swedish Functional Health Literacy scale. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 29(1): 165-172.
  13. Wångdahl, J., Lytsy, P., Mårtensson, L., Westerling, R. (2014). Health literacy among refugees in Sweden: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 14(1): 1030- .
  14. Wångdahl, J., Mårtensson, L. (2014). The Communicative and Critical Health Literacy Scale: Swedish Version. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42(1): 25-31.
 General articles and book chapters
  1. Selén, K., Wångdahl, J. (ed). (2021). Handbok i samhälls- och hälsokommunikation. Malmö: Länsstyrelsen i Skåne.
  2. Wångdahl, J., Sorensen, K. (2020). Health literacy och migration. Health literacy. Teori och praktik i hälsofrämjande arbete. Ed. Ringsberg, K et al. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
  3. Wångdahl, J., Sorensen, K. (2019). Chapter 13: Health literacy research in the Nordic Countries, in International Handbook of Health Literacy – Research, practice and policy across lifespan. Ed. Orkan, O et al. Policy Press: UK.
List of other scientific works
  1. Doyle, G., Rowlands, G., Joranger, P., Le, C., Boggild, H., Finbråten, SH., Guttersund, O., Lopatina, M., Wångdahl, J., Pelikan, JM. Link, T. for the HLS19 consortium of the WHO action Network M-POHL. (2021). Chapter 14: Health literacy and health-related quality of life as a mediator for health costs, in the International Report on the Methodology, Results, and Recommendations of the European Health Literacy Population Survey 2019-2021 (HLS19) of M-POHL.  The HLS19 Consortium of the WHO Action Network M-POHL, Austrian National Public Health Institute, Vienna.
  2. Svensson, P.*, Wångdahl, J*., & Zdravkovic, S. (2021). Utvärdering av MILSA-utbildningen. En delutvärdering av MILSA utbildningsplattform för samhälls- och hälsokommunikation. Malmö: Länsstyrelsen i Skåne.
  3. Wångdahl, J., Tomsfelt, C. (2021). Nyanlända deltagares upplevelser av studiecirkeln Vägar vidare efter flykten genom lokal implementering i fördjupande program. Utvärdering av pilottest i Malmö hösten 2020. Malmö: Länsstyrelsen i Skåne
  4. Wångdahl, J., Engström, K. (2021). Deltagares upplevelser av MILSA fördjupningsutbildning för samhälls- och hälsokommunikatörer om psykisk hälsa och välbefinnande – en pilotstudie. Malmö: Länsstyrelsen i Skåne.
  5. Wångdahl, J. (2020) Hälsolitteracitet bland nyanlända flyktingar i Sverige – implikationer för hälsa och hälso- och sjukvården, i Migranters möte med svensk hälso- och sjukvård. DELMI Avhandlingsnytt 2020:7. Stockholm.
  6. Wångdahl, J., Dahlberg, K., Jaensson, M., Nilsson, U. (2019). Psychometric validation of Swedish and Arabic versions of two health literacy questionnaires, eHEALS and HLS-EU-Q16, for use in a Swedish context: a study protocol. BMJ Open. 17;9(9):e029668. PMID: 31530602
  7. Wångdahl, J., Åkerman, E. (2019). Varför är det viktigt med en god hälsokommunikation för alla nyanlända migranter? Socialmedicinsk tidskrift. 96(1):56-65.
  8. Wångdahl, J., Lau, M., Nordström, P., Samulowitz, A., Karlsson L. (2017). Hälsolitteracitet - en kommunikativ utmaning för hälso- och sjukvården. Socialmedicinsk tidskrift. 94(2):126-135.
  9. Wångdahl, J.  (2017). Health literacy among newly arrived refugees in Sweden and implications for health and healthcare. Doctoral thesis. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis: Uppsala University.
  10. Wångdahl, J., Al-Adhami, M. (2016). Hälsokommunikation i samhällsorienteringen i Stockholms län 2015-2016: En utvärderingsrapport. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, Socialmedicinsk rapportserie.
  11. Wångdahl, J. (2014). Vilken betydelse har hälsolitteracitet för hälsoundersökningen för asylsökande? Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, Socialmedicinsk rapportserie.
  12. Wångdahl, J. (2014). Uppfattningar om arbetet med hälsoundersökningar för asylsökande: Resultat från fokusgrupper med Migrationsverks- och landstingspersonal i fyra län våren 2012. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, Socialmedicinsk rapportserie.
  13. Wångdahl, J., Åhs, A. (2014). Projekt Athena: En användbar metod för att främja närhet till arbetsmarknaden och hälsa hos långtidsarbetslösa utlandsfödda kvinnor? Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, Socialmedicinsk rapportserie.

*Shared first authorship