Catharina Lindberg

Catharina Lindberg

Senior lecturer
Department of Health and Caring Sciences Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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I am a RN specialised in intensive care, and with a long clinical experience. I have a PhD in Nursing and a MSc in Educational Sciences, and have been working in the Academy since 2008. I have a position as Senior Lecturer at the Dept. of Health and Caring Sciences and is a part of the research group Resilient Healthcare and Patient Activation (ReAction) group, at Linnaeus University.


My teaching subjects are scientific theory and method, research ethics, caring science and nursing ethics. I work in the nursing program and in the specialist nursing programmes in acute care, and also in postgraduate education. I am the program manager for the specialist nursing programmes in acute care. I am examiner for a number of courses and supervisor and examining teacher for bachelor and master students in their thesis work. I am also assistant supervisor for internal doctoral students.


I got my doctoral degree in nursing at Lund University in 2016 with the thesis “Patient autonomy in highly technological care environments from a caring perspective”. The aim of the thesis was to create an extended understanding of the concept patient autonomy in a caring context and of the meaning and use of the concept in high tech care environments. The findings from the thesis resulted in a theoretical framework – The Control-Partnership-Transition framework of patient autonomy.

I am interested in qualitative research methods with a special interest in theoretical concepts and theory development. My research focuses on high-tech care, such as intensive care and advanced home care; the ethical concept of autonomy, the concept of self-care monitoring; self-care, integrated care, care continuity and patient safety.

I am a part of the Resilient Healthcare and Patient Activation (ReAction) group, at the Department of Health and Caring Sciences Linnaeus University, led by Professor Mirjam Ekstedt, on complex interventions and self-management support in people with chronic conditions. I work with several joint research projects and I am a supervisor for the PhD students Ann-Therese Hedqvist and Emelie Ingvarsson. I also work with Professor Cecilia Fagerström in the project “A co-created solution for a personal self-care planning process to prevent recurrence in hard-to-heal ulcers”, in which I am a supervisor to PhD student Natali Johnsson.


I am since January 2018 a member of the Ethical board of the Swedish Nurse Association.

I was the Swedish representative in the Steering Committée of the revision of the Code of Ethics for Nurses, a collaboration organised by the International Council of Nurses.


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