Gisela Lilja

affiliated with the university, PhD, OT

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences


  • Neurology


I’m an occupational therapist clinically working at the division of neurology and rehabilitation medicine in Lund at an out-patient Stroke rehabilitation facility.

I defended my PhD thesis about Cognitive function after cardiac arrest and targeted temperature managament in November 2015 and have been involved in long-term follow-up of cardiac arrest survivors since 2003. In the Target Temperature Management (TTM) trial I coordinated the follow-up and the extended sub-study of cognitive impairment.

My main research focus is long-term outcome and cognitive impairment after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In the large TTM-trial we collected extensive information about survivor’s health-related quality of life, functional outcome, cognitive performance, psychological well-being and ability to participate in daily life. We also assessed relative’s health-related quality of life and feelings of burden. The aim is to describe both long-term outcome of cardiac arrest survivors in general, but also to identify a clinically helpful screening model to easily detect survivors in risk for a less successful recovery, and in need of extra support and rehabilitation.

Except for the continuing analyses of the TTM data I’m also one of a team responsible for the follow-up in the DIrect or Subacute Coronary angiography in Out-of-hospital cardic arrest, a member of the Swedish Resuscitation Council working group of Post cardiac arrest care, in the working group of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) in the Swedish Cardiac Arrest Registry, one of three in the conference organization comitte for the International symposium on Post Cardiac Arrest Care that is held in Lund every second year, and the follow-up coordinator in the international mulit-center RCT Target Temperature Management trial 2 (TTM2).

I'm co-supervisor to two PhD students, Erik Blennow Nordström and Katarina Heimburg.

Recent research outputs

Haywood, K. L., Pearson, N., Morrison, L. J., Castrén, M., Gisela Lilja & Perkins, G. D., 2018 Feb 1, In : Resuscitation. 123, p. 22-37 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Lagedal, R., Elfwén, L., James, S., Oldgren, J., David Erlinge, Östlund, O., Wallin, E., Larsson, I. M., Gisela Lilja, Tobias Cronberg, Rubertsson, S. & Nordberg, P., 2018, In : American Heart Journal. 197, p. 53-61 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Moseby-Knappe, M. , Mattsson, N. , Nielsen, N. , Zetterberg, H. , Blennow, K. , Dankiewicz, J. , Dragancea, I. , Friberg, H. , Lilja, G. , Insel, P. S. , Rylander, C. , Westhall, E. , Kjaergaard, J. , Wise, M. P. , Hassager, C. , Kuiper, M. A. , Stammet, P. , Wanscher, M. C. J. , Wetterslev, J. , Erlinge, D. & 3 others Horn, J., Pellis, T. & Tobias Cronberg, 2018, In : JAMA Neurology.

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