Catharina Lindberg, doctoral student

Caring Science

Catharina Lindberg


RN, RNT, MSc, Doctoral student


Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department of Health
371 79 Karlskrona
Phone: +46 455 38 54 29

Title of Thesis work

"Patient autonomy in high tech care environments from a caring perspective" 

Overall aim of the thesis

The overall aim is to examine autonomy as a concept from a caring perspective, how and when patients perceive autonomy as well as how and when patients' autonomy is taken care of and can be promoted in connection to nursing interventions in technologically intense health care settings.

Dissertation plan and preliminary time schedule

Midterm examination 2014-05-07

Preliminary date of dissertation May 2016

Main supervisor

Name: Cecilia Fagerström
Title: Doctor of Medical Science
Affiliation: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Health, 371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden

Assistant Supervisors

Name: Bengt Sivberg
Title: Professor of Health Sciences with a focus on mental disability and ethical issues in health care.
Affiliation: Lund University, Department of Health, 221 00 Lund, Sweden

Name: Ania Willman
Title: Professor of Health Sciences
Affiliation: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Health, 371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden; Malmö University, Department of Care Science, 205 06 Malmö     

Peer reviewed publications

Lindberg, C., Fagerström, C., Sivberg, B., & Willman, A. (2014). In press: Concept analysis: patient autonomy in a caring context. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jan.12412

Fridlund, B., Jönsson, A.C., Andersson, E.K., Bala, S.-V., Dahlman, G.-B., Forsberg, A., Glasdam, S., Kristensson, A., Lindberg, C., Sivberg, B., Sjöström-Strand, A., Wihlborg, J. and Samuelson, K. (2014) Essentials of Nursing Care in Randomized Controlled Trials of Nurse-Led Interventions in Somatic Care: A Systematic Review. Open Journal of Nursing, 4, 181-197.


Lindberg, C.*, Fagerström, C., Sivberg, B., & Willman, A. (2013). Patient Autonomy in Caring - An Individualised Constructive Process. Riksföreningen Anestesi/Intensivvård Höstkongress, Stockholm, 21-22/11, 2013.

Lindberg, C.*, Fagerström, C., Sivberg, B., & Willman, A. (2013). Patient Autonomy in Caring - An Individualised Constructive Process. European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) Summer Conference, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 3-4/7-2013. 

* = presenter


I am a member of:

Swedish Society of Nursing
Health professionals in cardiology (VIC),
National Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care,                     

I have attended at:                                                                                             

The Conference "Medicinteknik i Skåne" (Medical Technology in Skåne)13/3-2014 in Lund.

The Conference "Advanced Home Care 2025" 25/4-2013 in Lund.

Professional background/Interests

I began my career as a Registered Nurse in 1985 and after a couple of years at the medical-, urological- and orthopedic clinic, I received my degree from specialist training in intensive care in 1990. I have worked in the ICU and associated post-operative activities. The last ten years until 2008, I was employed at the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care unit. Starting in 2006, alongside work, I studied complementary pedagogical training, at Stockholm University (SU) and it was there I received my bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences (2008) and my master's degree in Educational Sciences with Specialization in Practical Traditions of Knowledge (2010). Since 2008 I have had my residence at the School of Health Science (HAL) at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) where I have mostly worked as a teacher at the Study Programme in Nursing.
January 1st  2011, I was accepted for postgraduate studies at Lund University where I participate in doctoral seminars in LANS (Lund Advanced Nursing Study Group) at the Department of Health Sciences. 

External funds and research grants

Funds of 800.000 SEK for two years of doctoral studies in the research project "Autonomy as a precondition for trust in a technologically intense health care setting" was approved by Blekinge Centre of Competence, Landstinget Blekinge, Sweden.





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