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Elisabeth Westerdahl

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About Elisabeth Westerdahl

Background

Elisabeth Westerdahl is a Physiotherapist and Associate professor in Medical Science at Örebro University. She obtained a PhD in Medical Science, Clinical Physiology, Uppsala University in 2004. Elisabeth Westerdahl has been certified as specialist competence in physiotherapy in lung medicine issued by the Swedish Association of Physiotherapists 1997.

Research

The research field is lung function and the effects of physiotherapy after surgery. Elisabeth's research mainly focuses on breathing exercises, mobilization and physical activity in connection with thoracic surgery. She also studies respiratory therapy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and her interests include physiological effects of various forms of respiratory exercises. The aim of the research is to evaluate physiotherapeutic methods mainly in conjunction with cardiac surgery and lung cancer surgery to optimize postoperative recovery. Elisabeth has shown in a number of studies (see publications) the effects of physiotherapeutic interventions for different patient groups with impaired respiratory function.

National and international collaboration

Elisabeth collaborates with researchers at Örebro University, Uppsala University, Gothenburg University, Karolinska Institutet, Linköping University and Karlstad University. Internationally, she conducts research in collaboration with researchers at Aalborg University Hospital, Hvidovre hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Elisabeth has been the project leader for an international and interprofessional research program on physiotherapy treatment in connection with lung cancer surgery funded by the Swedish Cancer Society 2015-2019. She has worked with national guidelines for respiratory care in physiotherapy for patients undergoing abdominal and thoracic surgery and improvement of living habits in connection with cardiac surgery on behalf of the Swedish Association of Physiotherapists and the National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden. Elisabeth Westerdahl has supervised three PhD students who have graduated in 2013 (Uppsala University), 2015 and 2019 (Örebro University). Supervision for another two PhD students is ongoing at Örebro University. On assignment, Elisabeth has been lecturing on the master's program in Medicine and has had group assignment on the Medical programme, Örebro University 2012-2018.

Professional connections

Swedish Association of Physiotherapists/Section for breathing and circulation, Swedish society pulmonary medicine (Svensk lungmedicinsk förening), Swedish society Clinical physiology (Svensk förening för klinisk fysiologi) and the European Respiratory Society.

Publications

Publications

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Articles in journals

Nilsagård, Y. , Westerdahl, E. & Forsberg, A. (2019). Engagement in performing clinical physiotherapy research: Perspectives from leaders and physiotherapists. Physiotherapy Research International, 24 (2).
Annika, L. , Theander, K. , Arne, M. , Lisspers, K. , Lundh, L. , Sandelowsky, H. , Ställberg, B. , Westerdahl, E. & et al. (2019). Errors in inhaler use related to devices and to inhalation technique among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary health care. Nursing Open, 6 (4), 1519-1527.
Jonsson, M. , Ahlsson, A. , Hurtig-Wennlöf, A. , Vidlund, M. , Cao, Y. & Westerdahl, E. (2019). In-Hospital Physiotherapy and Physical Recovery 3 Months After Lung Cancer Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 18.
Jonsson, M. , Hurtig-Wennlöf, A. , Ahlsson, A. , Vidlund, M. , Cao, Y. & Westerdahl, E. (2019). In-hospital physiotherapy improves physical activity level after lung cancer surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Physiotherapy, 105 (4), 434-441.
Brocki, B. C. , Westerdahl, E. , Andreasen, J. & Andreasen, J. J. (2018). Can the Melbourne Scoring Scale be used to assess postoperative pulmonary complications in high-risk patients following lung resection?. European Respiratory Journal, 52 (Suppl. 62).
Annika, L. , Theander, K. , Arne, M. , Lisspers, K. , Lundh, L. , Sandelowsky, H. , Ställberg, B. , Adolfsson, E. T. & et al. (2018). Description of inhalation technique in patients with COPD in primary care. European Respiratory Journal, 52 (Suppl. 62).
Jonsson, M. , Hurtig-Wennlöf, A. , Ahlsson, A. , Vidlund, M. , Cao, Y. & Westerdahl, E. (2018). Physical activity level during the first three days after lung cancer surgery improves with physiotherapy: a randomized controlled trial. European Respiratory Journal, 52 (Suppl. 62).
Westerdahl, E. , Arne, M. , Larsson, M. & Engman, K. O. (2018). Spirometry to motivate smoking cessation - a systematic review. European Respiratory Journal, 52 (Suppl. 62).
Westerdahl, E. , Wittrin, A. , Kånåhols, M. , Gunnarsson, M. & Nilsagård, Y. (2016). Deep breathing exercises with positive expiratory pressure in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Respiratory Journal, 10 (6), 698-706.
Urell, C. , Emtner, M. , Hedenström, H. & Westerdahl, E. (2016). Respiratory muscle strength is not decreased in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 11.
Nilsagård, Y. , Westerdahl, E. , Wittrin, A. & Gunnarsson, M. (2016). Walking Distance as a Predictor of Falls in People With Multiple Sclerosis. Physiotherapy Research International, 21 (2), 102-108.
Olsen, M. F. , Carlsson, M. , Olsen, E. & Westerdahl, E. (2015). Evaluation of Pressure Generated by Resistors From Different Positive Expiratory Pressure Devices. Respiratory care, 60 (10), 1418-1423.
Brocki, B. C. , Westerdahl, E. , Andreasen, J. J. & Souza, D. S. R. (2015). Improvements in physical performance and health-related quality of life one year after radical operation for lung cancer. Cancer Treatment Communications, 4, 65-74.
Westerdahl, E. (2015). Optimal technique for deep breathing exercises after cardiac surgery. Minerva anestesiologica, 81 (6), 678-683.
Nilsagård, Y. , Westerdahl, E. , Wittrin, A. & Gunnarsson, M. (2014). Correlation between maximal walking distance and self-rated limitations in walking. Multiple Sclerosis, 20 (7), 992-992.
Westerdahl, E. , Urell, C. , Jonsson, M. , Bryngelsson, I. , Hedenström, H. & Emtner, M. (2014). Deep breathing exercises performed 2 months following cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention, 34 (1), 34-42.
Anderzén-Carlsson, A. , Lundholm, U. P. , Kohn, M. & Westerdahl, E. (2014). Medical yoga: another way of being in the world-A phenomenological study from the perspective of persons suffering from stress-related symptoms. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 9.
Johansson, H. , Sjöholm, R. , Stafberg, A. & Westerdahl, E. (2013). Breathing exercises with positive expiratory pressure after abdominal surgery: the current physical therapy practice in Sweden. Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research, 4 (6), 325.
Westerdahl, E. , Urell, C. , Jonsson, M. , Bryngelsson, I. , Hedenstrom, H. & Emtner, M. (2013). Home-based deep breathing exercises after cardiac surgery - A randomized controlled trial. European Respiratory Journal, 42 (57).
Köhn, M. , Persson Lundholm, U. , Bryngelsson, I. , Anderzén-Carlsson, A. & Westerdahl, E. (2013). Medical yoga for patients with stress-related symptoms and diagnosis in primary health care: a randomized control trial. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Westerdahl, E. (2013). Physical therapy research in professional clinical practice. Journal of Novel Physiotherapies (3), 159.
Lomi, C. & Westerdahl, E. (2013). Physical therapy treatment after cardiac surgery: a national survey of practice in Greece. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology (S7), 004.
Wittrin, A. , Nilsagård, Y. , Westerdahl, E. & Gunnarsson, M. (2013). Self-assessment of walking ability in patients with multiple sclerosis and its impact on the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) score. Multiple Sclerosis, 19 (11), 118-118.
Urell, C. , Westerdahl, E. , Hedenström, H. , Janson, C. & Emtner, M. (2012). Lung function before and two days after open-heart surgery. Critical Care Research and Practice, 2012.
Westerdahl, E. & Olsén, M. F. (2011). Chest physiotherapy and breathing exercises for cardiac surgery patients in Sweden: a national survey of practice. Monaldi archives for chest disease / Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace / Fondazione clinica del lavoro, IRCCS [and] Istituto di clinica tisiologica e malattie apparato respiratorio, Università di Napoli, Secondo ateneo, 75 (2), 112-119.
Urell, C. , Emtner, M. , Hedenstrom, H. , Tenling, A. , Breidenskog, M. & Westerdahl, E. (2011). Deep breathing exercises with positive expiratory pressure at a higher rate improve oxygenation in the early period after cardiac surgery: a randomised controlled trial. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 40 (1), 162-167.
Fagevik Olsén, M. , Lindstrand, H. , Lind Broberg, J. & Westerdahl, E. (2011). Measuring chest expansion; a study comparing two different instructions. Advances in Physiotherapy, 13 (3), 128-132.
Westerdahl, E. , Lindmark, B. , Eriksson, T. , Friberg, Ö. , Hedenstierna, G. & Tenling, A. (2005). Deep-breathing exercises reduce atelectasis and improve pulmonary function after coronary artery bypass surgery.. Chest, 128 (5), 3482-3488.
Westerdahl, E. , Lindmark, B. , Bryngelsson, I. & Tenling, A. (2003). Pulmonary function 4 months after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Respiratory Medicine, 97 (4), 317-322.
Westerdahl, E. , Lindmark, B. , Eriksson, T. , Hedenstierna, G. & Tenling, A. (2003). The immediate effects of deep breathing exercises on atelectasis and oxygenation after cardiac surgery. Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, 37 (6), 363-367.
Westerdahl, E. , Lindmark, B. , Almgren, S. & Tenling, A. (2001). Chest physiotherapy after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a comparison of three different deep breathing techniques. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 33 (2), 79-84.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Westerdahl, E. , Engman, K. O. , Arne, M. & Larsson, M. (2019). Spirometry to increase smoking cessation rate: A systematic review. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 17.
Olsen, M. F. , Lannefors, L. & Westerdahl, E. (2015). Positive expiratory pressure: common clinical applications and physiological effects. Respiratory Medicine, 109 (3), 297-307.

Conference papers

Björk, M. , Niklasson, J. , Westerdahl, E. & Sagerfors, M. (2019). Self-efficacy corresponds to wrist function after combined plating of distal radius fractures. In: Abstract book IFSHT. Paper presented at 14th IFSSH 11th IFSHT Triennial Congress, Berlin, Germany, June 17-21, 2019.. Freiburg: Intercongress GmbH.
Annika, L. , Theander, K. , Arne, M. , Lisspers, K. , Lundh, L. , Sandelowsky, H. , Ställberg, B. , Thors Adolfsson, E. & et al. (2018). A descriptive study of incorrect inhalation technique in patients with COPD in primary care. Paper presented at The International IRW Conference, Groningen, Netherlands, 15 -16 March, 2018.
Brocki, B. C. , Westerdahl, E. , Souza, D. S. R. & Andreasen, J. J. (2014). Factors influencing postoperative pulmonary complications following pulmonary resection due to malignant or benign lung tumour: preliminary results. Paper presented at Forsknings- og udviklingssymposium i Region Nordjylland 2014, Aalborg, Denmark, 4 december, 2014.

Manuscripts

Jonsson, M. , Ahlsson, A. , Hurtig-Wennlöf, A. , Vidlund, M. , Cao, Y. & Westerdahl, E. In-hospital physiotherapy and physical recovery three months after lung cancer surgery : a randomized controlled trial.
Brocki, B. , Westerdahl, E. , Langer, D. , Souza, D. S. & Andreasen, J. J. Respiratory muscle strength is not affected two weeks and six months following pulmonary resection.