Karin Festin

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OBJECTIVES This study evaluates a computerized alcohol intervention implemented in a Swedish emergency department (ED) with regard to the effectiveness of two different types of tailored brief feedback on patients' drinking patterns and the reach of the intervention. METHODS The study was a prospective, randomized controlled trial of ED patients. The(More)
BACKGROUND There is a growing body of evidence for computer-generated advice for many health behaviours. This study evaluated the implementation of a computerized concept to provide tailored advice on alcohol in a Swedish emergency department (ED). AIM The aim was to evaluate the usage of the concept over 12 months: participation rate among the ED(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse patients' self-reported reasons for not adhering to physical activity referrals (PARs). DESIGN AND SETTING Data on 1358 patients who did not adhere to PARs were collected at 38 primary health care (PHC) centres in Sweden. INTERVENTION PHC providers issued formal physical activity prescriptions for home-based activities or referrals(More)
OBJECTIVES This study investigates the effectiveness of a computerized emergency department intervention for alcohol consumption and identifies explanation factors associated with reduced alcohol consumption from risk to non-risk drinking. METHODS Patients aged 18-69 years registered at the ED triage answered alcohol-related questions on a touch-screen(More)
Physical activity referral (PAR) schemes or concepts occur in varying forms. Because few physical activity intervention studies have been carried out in routine health care settings, it is difficult to translate research findings into daily practice. The aim of this study was to analyze the effectiveness of a PAR scheme implemented in routine primary health(More)
BACKGROUND Written prescriptions of physical activity have increased in popularity. Such schemes have mostly been evaluated in terms of efficacy in clinical trials. This study reports on a physical activity prescription referral scheme implemented in routine primary health care (PHC) in Sweden. The aim of this study was to evaluate patients' self-reported(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyse different aspects of positive experiences of people on long-term sick leave with regard to their interactions with healthcare and social insurance professionals. METHODS A random population-based questionnaire survey among 10,042 long-term sick-listed people in Sweden. Statements related to positive encounters with the professionals(More)
Injuries constitute a major public health problem. Millions of people are injured each year, and acute drinking is a well-known risk factor for injuries. Research suggests that acknowledgment of alcohol as a factor in an injury enhances willingness to change drinking behavior, possibly because the patient becomes aware of the negative consequences of their(More)
AIMS The aim of the study was to determine whether left ventricular systolic function, in terms of global left ventricular longitudinal strain (GLS), and diastolic function, expressed as the ratio between early diastolic transmitral flow and mitral annular motion velocities (E/e'), can predict cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2.(More)
OBJECTIVE To study future general and diagnoses-specific sickness absence and disability pension among young adults who were initially on long-term sick-leave due to back, neck, or shoulder diagnoses. DESIGN Eleven-year prospective cohort study. SUBJECTS All 213 adults in a Swedish municipality who, in 1985, were in the age range 25-34 years and had(More)