"False"
Skip to content
printicon
Main menu hidden.

Erik Rosendahl

Professor of Physiotherapy. Works with research and teaching. The research is mainly about physical activity and exercise for older people, including people who have dementia or live in nursing homes.

Works at

Affiliation
Professor at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation Units: Physiotherapy
Location
Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Research focus
Physical activity has very important effects on most health factors for the increasing proportion of older people in our society. However, a major public health problem is that many older people are physically inactive.

High-intensity interval training
High-intensity exercise (HIT) at very short intervals is a new training method that is believed to have major health effects. Despite promising results in younger people, studies with high quality have been lacking among older people. Through several pilot studies, our interdisciplinary research group has developed a method, adapted for older people by individually regulating the intensity of training. This training program was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial, The Umeå HIT Study. Within this study, two studies aiming at facilitating the implementation of the training is ongoing.

People with dementia
Older people with physical or cognitive impairments are at greater risk of being physically inactive. Dementia causes impairments in both cognitive and physical functions, leading to an increased risk of dependence in activities of daily living and of falls. Among people aged 85 or over, one in three have dementia. For older people without cognitive impairment, physical and cognitive functions are improved by exercise. Erik has, among other things, been responsible for a study, the Umeå Dementia Exercise (UMDEX) Study, which in a randomized controlled trial evaluated the effect of high-intensity functional training for older people with dementia.

Research impact
Developing and evaluating exercise methods is important for the increasing proportion of older people in our society. It is important to have access to suitable and effective training methods to prevent health risks and improve physical and cognitive functions. Reducing dependence in activities of daily life is also important for the quality of life among older people. Positive effects through reduction of diseases, dependence on help and falls, also lower costs for society through, for example, reduced need for help from staff and hospital stays.

Together with the colleagues Håkan Littbrand and Nina Lindelöf, I have developed a high-intensity functional training program - The HIFE Program. The exercise program is evaluated in own (e.g. the Umdex Study) and others' research both nationally and internationally. The HIFE Program has been translated into four different languages ​​and has been spread both nationally and internationally in research and in the clinic. Several municipalities and regions in Sweden have created guidelines that the training program should be used for the rehabilitation of older people living in their own homes or in nursing homes. The entire training program is freely available on a website, where you can read about the scientific evaluation and create individual programs, among other things.

Clinical service
Specialist Physiotherapist in Health in Older People. Been employed as a Physiotherapist for about 15 years at the Geriatric Center, Umeå University Hospital, and worked one year at a medical clinic at Östersund Hospital and one year in Molde Municipality.

Commissions (selection)

  • 2020- : Commissioned by the Government of Sweden as one of 15 members in the Research Council within Ageing.
  • 2021- : Member of the Scientific Council of the Swedish Association of Physiotherapists.
  • 2021-2022: Commissioned as expert by the National Board of Health and Welfare's for their health economic report on the effects of early rehabilitation interventions in municipal home care.
  • 2020-2021: Member of the Board for the Swedish National Graduate School on Ageing and Health, SWEAH.
  • 2018-2021: Commissioned as expert by the National Board of Health and Welfare when developing and implementing a national education program for healthy lifestyle among older people.
  • 2017-2021: Chairperson of the steering group for the Umeå Centre of Health Science (U-CHEC), a multidisciplinary academic centre within health research.
  • 2018-2019: Chairperson of the local steering group for the 5th European Falls Festival in Umeå in October 2019
  • 2016-2019: Commissioned as expert by the National Board of Health and Welfare when developing and implementing a national evidence-based education program to prevent falls.
  • 2017-2019: Chairperson of the Independent Data Monitoring Committee for a multinational randomized controlled trial within the project PreventIT.

Awards (selection)

  • 2023: Honorary award by the Section for the Health of the Elderly, within the Swedish Association of Physiotherapists.
  • 2017: Principal Investigator for the Umeå Dementia and Exercises (UMDEX) Study that received research stipend by "SKPF Pensionärerna", a seniors´organization.
  • 2014: First author of a paper (Rosendahl et al. Aust J Physiother 2006) identified by the Centre of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at the George Institute for Global Health, Australia, as one of the 15 most significant trials in Physiotherapy ever published.
Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2023, Vol. 46, (2) : 103-109
Frisendahl, Nathalie; Ek, Stina; Rosendahl, Erik; et al.
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences, Oxford University Press 2023, Vol. 78, (9) : 1581-1590
Simonsson, Emma; Levik Sandström, Sofi; Hedlund, Mattias; et al.
BMC Geriatrics, BioMed Central (BMC) 2023, Vol. 23, (1)
Åberg, Anna Cristina; Petersson, Johanna R.; Giedraitis, Vilmantas; et al.
Frontiers In Public Health, Frontiers Media S.A. 2022, Vol. 10
Bajraktari, Saranda; Zingmark, Magnus; Pettersson, Beatrice; et al.
BMC Geriatrics, BioMed Central 2022, Vol. 22, (1)
Månsson, Linda; Pettersson, Beatrice; Rosendahl, Erik; et al.
Digital health, Sage Publications 2022, Vol. 8
Pettersson, Beatrice; Bajraktari, Saranda; Skelton, Dawn; et al.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers Media S.A. 2022, Vol. 16
Simonsson, Emma; Jonasson Stiernman, Lars; Lundquist, Anders; et al.
Gait & Posture, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 96 : 60-66
Toots, Annika; Eriksson Domellöf, Magdalena; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; et al.
The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences, Oxford University Press 2021, Vol. 76, (9) : e203-e212
de Souto Barreto, Philipe; Maltais, Mathieu; Rosendahl, Erik; et al.
European Journal of Ageing, Springer 2021, Vol. 18, (1) : 109-115
Hörnsten, Carl; Littbrand, Håkan; Boström, Gustaf; et al.
Gait & Posture, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 85 : 65-70
Toots, Annika; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; Nordström, Peter; et al.
Physical Therapy, Oxford University Press 2021, Vol. 101, (10)
Åhman, Hanna B.; Berglund, Lars; Cedervall, Ylva; et al.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI 2020, Vol. 17, (5)
Cedervall, Ylva; Stenberg, Anna M.; Ahman, Hanna B.; et al.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 21, (12) : 1900-1905.e1
Frisendahl, Nathalie; Ek, Stina; Rosendahl, Erik; et al.
BMC Geriatrics, BioMed Central 2020, Vol. 20, (1)
Månsson, Linda; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; Skelton, Dawn A.; et al.
BMJ Open, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2020, Vol. 10, (5)
Pettersson, Beatrice; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; Skelton, Dawn A.; et al.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI 2020, Vol. 17, (21)
Åhman, Hanna B.; Berglund, Lars; Cedervall, Ylva; et al.
Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, IOS Press 2019, Vol. 71 : S75-S83
Ahman, Hanna Bozkurt; Giedraitis, Vilmantas; Cedervall, Ylva; et al.
Frontiers in Physiology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2019, Vol. 10
Hedlund, Mattias; Lindelöf, Nina; Johansson, Bengt; et al.
The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Vol. 23, (10) : 1011-1020
Sondell, Anna; Littbrand, Håkan; Holmberg, Henrik; et al.
Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Wolters Kluwer 2019, Vol. 42, (4) : E16-E24
Sondell, Anna; Rosendahl, Erik; Gustafson, Yngve; et al.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 20, (7) : 835-842
Toots, Annika; Wiklund, Robert; Littbrand, Håkan; et al.
Journal of Nursing Home Research, Vol. 4 : 49-55
Burman, Maria; Hörnsten, Carl; Carlsson, Maine; et al.
BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology, Vol. 18
Brännström, Jon; Boström, Gustaf; Rosendahl, Erik; et al.
Gait & Posture, Elsevier 2017, Vol. 58 : 481-486
Johansson, Hanna; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; Littbrand, Håkan; et al.
PLOS ONE, PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE 2017, Vol. 12, (11)
Lindelöf, Nina; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; Skelton, Dawn A.; et al.
Journal of alzheimers disease, IOS Press 2017, Vol. 60, (1) : 323-332
Toots, Annika; Littbrand, Håkan; Boström, Gustaf; et al.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Vol. 18, (3) : 227-233
Toots, Annika; Littbrand, Håkan; Holmberg, Henrik; et al.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Vol. 17, (5) : 381-392
Barreto, Philipe de Souto; Morley, John E.; Chodzko-Zajko, Wojtek; et al.
Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, Vol. 28, (4) : 797-803
Blain, H.; Masud, T.; Dargent-Molina, P.; et al.
The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Springer 2016, Vol. 20, (6) : 647-652
Blain, H.; Masud, T.; Dargent-Molina, P.; et al.
European Geriatric Medicine, Elsevier 2016, Vol. 7, (6) : 519-525
Blain, H.; Masud, T.; Dargent-Molina, P.; et al.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Vol. 31, (8) : 868-878
Boström, Gustaf; Conradsson, Mia; Hörnsten, Carl; et al.
Journal of The American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 64, (1) : 55-64
Toots, Annika; Littbrand, Håkan; Lindelöf, Nina; et al.
Osteoporosis International, Vol. 27, (3) : 923-931
Wiklund, Robert; Toots, Annika; Conradsson, Mia; et al.
Clinical Interventions in Aging, Dove Medical Press Ltd. 2014, Vol. 9 : 249-257
Boström, Gustaf; Conradsson, Mia; Rosendahl, Erik; et al.
The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Vol. 17, (2) : 186-191
Carlsson, Maine; Haglin, Lena; Rosendahl, Erik; et al.
Clinical Interventions in Aging, Dove Medical Press 2013, Vol. 8 : 1561-1568
Conradsson, Mia; Littbrand, Håkan; Boström, Gustaf; et al.
Aging & Mental Health, Routledge 2013, Vol. 17, (5) : 638-645
Conradsson, Mia; Rosendahl, Erik; Littbrand, Håkan; et al.
Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), Elsevier 2013, Vol. 57, (3) : 369-376
Lindelöf, Nina; Rosendahl, Erik; Gustafsson, S.; et al.
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Vol. 14, (7) : 529.e1-529.e6
Toots, Annika; Rosendahl, Erik; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; et al.
Det goda åldrandet, Lund: Studentlitteratur 2012 : 191-210
Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; Rosendahl, Erik
Äldres hälsa: ett sjukgymnastiskt perspektiv, Lund: Studentlitteratur 2012 : 235-247
Rosendahl, Erik; Littbrand, Håkan
The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Vol. 15, (7) : 554-560
Carlsson, Maine; Littbrand, Håkan; Gustafson, Yngve; et al.
Journal of The American Geriatrics Society, John Wiley & Sons 2011, Vol. 59, (7) : 1274-1282
Littbrand, Håkan; Carlsson, Maine; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; et al.
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011, Vol. 90, (6) : 495-518
Littbrand, Håkan; Stenvall, Michael; Rosendahl, Erik
Nationell satsning för ökad patientsäkerhet
Åberg, Anna Cristina; Lundin-Olsson, Lillemor; Rosendahl, Erik

Research projects

1 September 2019
1 January 2019 until 31 December 2024
1 August 2011 until 31 December 2017

Teaching has mainly focused on various aspects of scientific method and on rehabilitation for older people.  Currently responsible for the course at master's level on evidence-based physiotherapy, as well as a doctoral course on the design of intervention studies in patient-based research. Has some occasional elements in other courses such as on measurement methods. Supervisor for projects at different levels (Bachelor, Master and PhD).