Inger Kristensson Hallström

Professor, Dr med sci, RSCN, RNFormer name: Inger Hallström

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Cancer and Oncology
  • Nursing


  • Pediatric, Nursing, children, Chronic Pain, Family, Health Sciences


My research is primarily about children with chronic illness and their families. Special focus is on hospital-based home care for children with chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes and HIV, promotion of health in early childhood by supporting parents and children and the development of knowledge about the implementation processes of Child Centered Care. The research generates knowledge about the entire family when a child in the family becomes long-term ill, how the care and treatment affect the family's daily life and what effects it may have over time. The focus is on Child Centered Care and since 2014 I lead the multidisciplinary research compilation LUC3 - Lund University Child Centered Care. By identifying the child's and its family's needs, we are developing, testing and implementing interventions directed towards the whole family which creates favorable conditions for individual families to support the to achieve a good health in long and short terms.



I have started a national network  60 nurses performing research with children. Since several years I work together with researchers at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in a research project with children and young people with HIV, funded by the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Research Council for health and Walfare . I have initiated and been the coordinator of the network LUCare, a multidisciplinary research network at the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University, with the goal of increasing collaboration between disciplines and disseminate information on health promotion. I also have a long standing cooperation with the Faculty of Nursing at Khon Kaen University in Thailand, where we for many years exchanges teachers and nursingstudents  through Linnaeus Palme scholarships.

Societal impact

My research has shown to significant impact  for children living with long term illness for example, we have reduced the number of children who need  general anesthetic whenundergoing MRI examinations by giving  them age-appropriate preparation. My research is also  important for health care organizations as they can provide better care at less cost, for example through hospital based home care,implemented for children with cancer in Denmark and for children diagnosed with diabetes in Sweden.


In 2002 I started the first specialization course for nurses in child health careat Lund University. Together with a colleague I am responsible for the postgraduate course - Complex intervention for children and adolescents at Lund University - the first of its kind in the Nordic region.

Professional work

I am a pediatric nurse and has worked in pediatrics as a pediatric nurse, department director, healthcare developers and clinical lecturer for over 20 years. My interest in research started by the practical work with sick children and their families and in 1998 I defended my thesis about parents' involvement in their child's care during hospitalisation. In 2008 I became the first professor of pediatric nursing in Sweden.

Highlighted research outputs

Helena Hansson, Hanne Kjaergaard, Christoffer Johansen, Inger Hallström, Jane Christensen, Marianne Madsen & Kjeld Schmiegelow, 2013, In: Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 60, 5, p. 865-872

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

H Hansson, Hanne Kjaergaard, K Schmiegelow & Inger Hallström, 2012, In: European Journal of Cancer Care. 21, 1, p. 59-66

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Helena Hansson, Inger Hallström, Hanne Kjaergaard, Christoffer Johansen & Kjeld Schmiegelow, 2011, In: Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 57, 3, p. 369-377

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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