Tommy Carlsson

Publicerad: 22 Apr 2021
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Title: Associate Professor, PhD, Reg. Midwife, Reg. Nurse, Specialist nurse in intensive care
Department: Department of Health Sciences
Phone: +46(0)8 - 587 516 21
ORCID: 0000-0003-4141-8692
Dissertation year: 2017
Thesis: To Grasp the Unexpected: Information Following a Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defect in the Fetus

About me

I am a midwife and intensive care nurse with a PhD in medical sciences. I am an associate professor in nursing and work as a senior lecturer at the Swedish Red Cross University College, where I divide my time between research and teaching. I am responsible for the course in emergency care at the nursing programme. As a researcher, I am also affiliated with the research group Healthcare Sciences and e-Health, the Department of Women's and Children's Health at Uppsala University.

Research profile

Sooner or later, everyone is faced with important decisions that affect their health and well-being. In these situations, it is of great importance to be informed enough to be able to make a decision that is grounded in sufficient and accurate knowledge. Thus, information and health are strongly linked and intertwined. Today, we all live in an intensive flow of information that we access through many different channels, and the largest and most common source used for this purpose is the Internet. Through my research, I want to understand what kind of health-related information that is available for the public and what information people encounter when they need to reach health-related decisions. I also aim to investigate how people want to be informed and how the information can be presented in an optimal way, so that they have equal opportunities to reach informed decisions about their health and well-being. My goal is to make it easier for people to find information that is of high quality and comprehensive enough to make them feel well-informed and confident in their decisions. My main focus is information about reproductive health and communicable diseases. I lead interdisciplinary research projects investigating information about induced abortion, long-acting contraceptives and preventive measures utilized to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). During the various parts of the research process, I work to involve those who the research concerns. This includes identifying problems and developing services together with patients, the general population and other intended end-users. By involving the public in my research, I aim to identify relevant research questions and develop interventions that are grounded in their preferences and tailored according to their needs.

Brief facts

  • PhD, Uppsala University
  • Associate Professor, the Swedish Red Cross University College
  • Conducts research utilizing qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
  • Works for patient and public involvement in research
  • Author of roughly thirty scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Teaching experience mainly in emergency care, reproductive health and research methodology

Publications (examples)

Stern J, Georgsson S, Carlsson T. Quality of web-based information at the beginning of a global pandemic: a cross-sectional infodemiology study investigating preventive measures and self care methods of the coronavirus disease 2019. BMC Public Health;21(1):1141.

Klarare A, Carlsson T, Mattsson E.  Belonging to a community of care: a qualitative study of mothers’ experiences in online peer support groups for parents having lost a child with congenital heart defects. Death Studies 2020;Online ahead of print.

Carlsson T, Klarare A, Mattsson E. Peer support among parents of children with congenital heart defects: A qualitative analysis of written responses submitted via an online survey. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2020;76(12):3528-3536.

Georgsson S, Carlsson T. Readability of web-based sources about induced abortion: a cross-sectional study. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020;20(1):102.

Carlsson T, Ulfsdottir H. Waterbirth in low‐risk pregnancy: An exploration of women’s experiences. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2020;76(5):1221-1231.

Carlsson T, Melander Marttala U, Mattsson E. Being involved in research as a collaborator with experience of a prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defect in the fetus: a qualitative study. Research Involvement & Engagement 2020;6:10.

Georgsson S, Carlsson T. Quality of consumer-oriented websites containing information about the second trimester ultrasound examination during pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2020;20(1):235.

Eriksson C, Skinstad M, Georgsson S, Carlsson T. Quality of websites about long-acting reversible contraception: a descriptive cross-sectional study. Reproductive Health 2020;16(1):172.

Georgsson S, Krautmeyer S, Sundqvist E, Carlsson T. Abortion-related worries, fears and preparedness: a Swedish web-based exploratory and retrospective qualitative study. European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care 2019;24(5):380-389.

Carlsson T, Kukkola L, Ljungman L, Hovén E, von Essen L. Psychological distress in parents of children treated for cancer: an explorative study. PLoS One 2019;14(6): e0218860.

Georgsson S, Carlsson T. Pain and pain management during induced abortions: a web-based exploratory study of recollections from previous patients. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2019;75(11):3006-3017.

Toft T, Alfonsson S, Hovén E, Carlsson T. Feeling excluded and not having anyone to talk to: qualitative study of interpersonal relationships following a cancer diagnosis in a sibling. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 2019;42:76-81.

Georgsson S, van der Spoel L, Ferm J, Carlsson T. Quality of web pages about second-trimester medical abortion: a cross-sectional study of readability, comprehensiveness and transparency. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2019;75(11):2683-2691.

Carlsson T, Balbas B, Mattsson E. Written narratives from immigrants following a prenatal diagnosis: qualitative exploratory study. 1. 2019;19:154.

Elf K, Carlsson T, Rivas LS, Widnersson E, Nyholm L. Electroencephalographic Patterns During Common Nursing Interventions in Neurointensive Care: A Descriptive Pilot Study. J Neurosci Nurs J Am Assoc Neurosci Nurses. 2019;51(1):10–5.

Carlsson T. Management of physical pain during induced second-trimester medical abortions: a cross-sectional study of methodological quality and recommendations in local clinical practice guidelines at Swedish hospitals. Scand J Caring Sci. 2018;33(1):111-118.

Wallin E, Norlund F, Olsson EMG, Burell G, Held C, Carlsson T. Treatment Activity, User Satisfaction, and Experienced Usability of Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults With Depression and Anxiety After a Myocardial Infarction: Mixed-Methods Study. J Med Internet Res. 2018;20(3):e87.

Carlsson T, Mattsson E. Emotional and cognitive experiences during the time of diagnosis and decision-making following a prenatal diagnosis: a qualitative study of males presented with congenital heart defect in the fetus carried by their pregnant partner. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018;18(1):26.

Carlsson T, Starke V, Mattsson E. The emotional process from diagnosis to birth following a prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomaly: A qualitative study of messages in online discussion boards. Midwifery. 2017;48:53–9.

Carlsson T, Axelsson O. Patient Information Websites About Medically Induced Second-Trimester Abortions: A Descriptive Study of Quality, Suitability, and Issues. J Med Internet Res. 2017;19(1):e8.

Carlsson T, Melander Marttala U, Wadensten B, Bergman G, Mattsson E. Involvement of persons with lived experience of a prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defect: an explorative study to gain insights into perspectives on future research. Res Involv Engagem. 2016;2(35).

Carlsson T, Bergman G, Karlsson A-M, Wadensten B, Mattsson E. Experiences of termination of pregnancy for a fetal anomaly: A qualitative study of virtual community messages. Midwifery. 2016;41:54–60.

Carlsson T, Landqvist M, Mattsson E. Communication of support and critique in Swedish virtual community threads about prenatal diagnoses of fetal anomalies. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016;16(1):199.

Carlsson T, Marttala UM, Mattsson E, Ringnér A. Experiences and preferences of care among Swedish immigrants following a prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defect in the fetus: a qualitative interview study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016;16(1):130.

Carlsson T, Melander Marttala U, Wadensten B, Bergman G, Axelsson O, Mattsson E. Quality of Patient Information Websites About Congenital Heart Defects: Mixed-Methods Study of Perspectives Among Individuals With Experience of a Prenatal Diagnosis. Interactive Journal of Medical Research 2017;6(2):e15.

Carlsson T, Bergman G, Karlsson AM, Mattsson E. Content and quality of information websites about congenital heart defects following a prenatal diagnosis. Interactive Journal of Medical Research 2015;4(1):66-76.

Carlsson T, Bergman G, Wadensten B, Mattsson E. Experiences of Informational Needs and Received Information Following a Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defect. Prenatal Diagnosis 2016;36(6):515-22.

Carlsson T, Bergman G, Melander Marttala U, Wadensten B, Mattsson E. Information following a Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defect: Experiences among Parents to Prenatally Diagnosed Children. PLoS ONE 2015;10(2):e0117995.