MSc. Karlsson, K.F.

Fredrik Karlsson is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. He explores the role of data for shared decision-making in healthcare by looking at how information effect the patient-clinician relationship. The research involves eHealth technologies such as self-monitoring devices, learning platforms and ways of communication and how these can improve patient experience and patient empowerment. By understanding how doctors and patients want to share and absorb information, both patient and doctor are more prepared for discussing how to treat the patient, which can lead to better health outcomes.

Academic Background

The first step Fredrik took into the intersection between healthcare and design was at Chalmers University of Technology when he studied the products and systems used by ambulance nurses and how they affected their work. In his master's thesis he explored how to design the experience of using a smart product for emptying the bowel, together with Wellspect Healthcare. Before starting the PhD, he worked with implementing ICT solutions in the prehospital sector as a project manager at Lindholmen Science Park.


  • 2022 – present
    PhD, Industrial Design Engineering, Data- enabled shared decision-making at CardioLab, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2019 – 2021
    Master of Science in Industrial Design Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • 2015 – 2019
    Exchange studies in Design & Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • 2015 – 2019
    Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden



  • 2021 - 2022 
    Project Manager, Prehospital Innovation Arena (PICTA) at Lindholmen Science Park, Sweden
  • 2021
    Research Associate, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • 2018
    Teaching Assistant, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
  • 2018
    Part time Design Intern, RISE Interactive Institute, Sweden

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