Bios of Current Members
Gunnar Ljunggren, MD, PhD
Dr. Ljunggren earned his medical degree from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and is a specialist in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. Between 1990 and 2006 he ran the Centre for Gerontology and Health Economics (CGH), based in Stockholm County, after which he joined the county council as a medical advisor. In addition to this employment he is linked as a researcher to Karolinska Institutet, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society. His dissertation in 1992 included a validation of the RUG system in Swedish nursing homes and the first articles on cross-national comparisons, using interRAI instruments.
In addition to basic and certification training in the various interRAI instruments throughout the years, Dr. Ljunggren has been involved in research and development studies in health economics and health services research for older persons as well as for people in mental health, palliative care, and acute care settings. Dr. Ljunggren is the Swedish interRAI Fellow and has served on the board. He has also been involved in several projects funded by the European Union, including a multinational comparison of home care clients. Earlier collaborative studies included efforts to compare nursing home residents in Sweden, Estonia, and Lithuania. From its start ten years ago, he has been a member of the Instrument and Systems Development (ISD) committee, developing new instruments and scales.
Currently, most of his time is spent evaluating health care using the administrative databases available in Stockholm. This is linked in part to the ED screener application and some local studies on care for older persons.