Applied epidemiology

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    221 84 Lund


Unit profile


We work to systematically map, study and follow up the causes and the consequences for individuals and the society of these diseases. We study consultation patterns and healthcare need within and between countries. An extra focus is put on children and young people, as the effects of pain and mental illness often persist for a large part of life in different ways and is therefore of extra importance to reduce the incidence, and effects to promote and reduce the negative consequences in time. We primarily carry out epidemiological studies but also clinical studies and the group includes epidemiologists, doctors, physiotherapists and information specialists. Currently we have ongoing projects on: Pain in children and young adults, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and other hypermobility syndromes as well as pandemic preparedness. Our research is financed with the support of ALF project, FORTE, Kockska foundations, of Regional research grants and The Swedish research council.


Pain and mental illness are the most common reasons for visits to doctors and other healthcare professionals in primary care. These diseases can be caused by many different things and also often occur simultaneously in the same individual. We have shown in our studies that 10% of all children aged 1-12 years and 20% of all children aged 13-18 years seek care for non-specific pain annually. This means that more than 300,000 school-age children currently have pain that affects them to the extent that they need to seek care. Living with pain and or mental illness affects people of all ages in terms of impaired functioning, impaired health-related quality of life and reduced participation in everyday social life including school and work.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Orthopedics

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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