Anna Norlander

affiliated with the universityFormer name: Anna-L Andersson

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Health Sciences
  • Physiotherapy


  • CASE - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments


I was accepted as a PhD student at the department of Health Sciences at Lund University in February 2013 where I am now part of the research group Active and healthy ageing.  My research area concerns the long-term life situation of persons ageing with stroke. Main supervisor is Susanne Iwarsson and co-supervisors are Eva Månsson Lexell, Ann-Cathrin Jönsson and Agneta Ståhl.

Ten years after stroke
My research project is largely based on longitudinal data collected over a 10-year period with patients included in the Lund Stroke Register. The overarching aim is to shed light on the long-term life situations of people who survive a stroke, with a special focus on activity and participation in different areas of life.

Making use of descriptive analyses as well as advanced statistical and qualitative methodology we aim to gain knowledge and understanding about how stroke survivors can be enabled to participate in desired activities throughout life. To clarify and refine analyzes, the ICF (International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health) has been used as a conceptual framework.

Social and leisure activities
Two of the studies focus specifically on participation in social and leisure-related activities, and makes use of regression analyses to identify long-term predictors of activity frequency as well as in-depth interviews to try to understand the processes that affect participation over time.

Professional work

I am a physiotherapist by training with a clinical background in specialized rehabilitation and a master degree in health sciences.

Recent research outputs

Anna Norlander, 2019, Lund: Lund University, Faculty of Medicine. 85 p.

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