Margit Neher

Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation , School of Health and Welfare


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Professional background

Since 2020, Margit Neher holds a position as an Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy at the Department of Rehabilitation at Jönköping University. She has research affiliations with both Linköping University and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Margit Neher studied Implementation Science at Linköping University during 2012-2016, and presented her dissertation entitled: ”Learning Challenges Associated with Evidence-based practice in Rheumatology” in 2016. She held postdoctoral positions at Linköping University 2016-2018 and at Karolinska Institutet 2018-2020.

Margit Neher is an Occupational Therapist with many years of experience working in different multidisciplinary teams including specialized Rheumatology. During her clinical career she was actively engaged in designing and providing clinical education programs for professional and inter-professional clinical internships, as well as for patients and their families.

Research interests include individual, organizational and societal aspects of the implementation of evidence-based interventions (such as, for example, digital innovations) in social care, healthcare and rehabilitation. Research foci are understanding and describing implementation challenges, using implementation theories, models and frameworks.

After completing her PhD, Margit has participated in different research projects with an implementation research perspective. The projects have included issues related to adoption, dissemination, implementation, adherence and adaptation of national recommendations for cancer rehabilitation, cognitive behavior therapy in cardiology, and digital interventions for persons with lifestyle issues amongst others. Different research methodologies and research designs have been used in the studies.

Ongoing research and teaching

Starting in 2016, Margit participated in the IMPLEMENT-IT-project that studied the implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for patients with depressive symptoms and heart disease (PI is Professor Peter Johansson at Linköping University).

Since 2018, Margit has also participated in the research project “Adherence to and Adaptations of Evidence-Based interventions”. The project is about ABC, a parenting program for parents of children with behavior issues. The project is part of the research group PROCOME at LIME (Institute of Learning, Information technology, Management and Ethics) at Karolinska Institutet, led by Professor Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz.

From 2020, Margit is also a co-researcher in MoBILE, a research program focusing on the implementation and effect of digital applications that are designed to support behavior change in families with life-style issues (Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences at Linköping University), headed by Professor Marie Löf:  

Margit is co-supervisor for PhD-students Mats Westas (Linköpings Universitet) och Johanna Zetterlund (Mälardalens Högskola).

Margit teaches in Implementation theory and practice courses at Specialist- and PhD-levels and Occupational Therapy at first and second cycle levels. Margit is a popular lecturer in national and international conferences.




Wressle E, Lindstrand J, Neher M, Marcusson J, Henriksson C. The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure as an outcome measure and team tool in a day treatment programme.Disabil Rehabil 2003:25(10):497-506.

Neher M, Ståhl C, Ellström P-E, Nilsen P. Knowledge sources for evidence-based practice in rheumatology nursing. Clinical Nursing Research 2014;24(6):661–79.

Neher M, Ståhl C, Nilsen P. Learning opportunities in rheumatology practice: a qualitative study. Journal of Workplace Learning 2015;27(4):282–97.

Neher M, Ståhl C, Festin, K., Nilsen P. Implementation of evidence-based practice in rheumatology: what socio-demographic, social-cognitive and contextual factors influence health professionals’ use of research in practice? Journal of Rheumatic Diseases and Treatment, 2016; 2(3).

Nilsen P, Neher M, Ellström P-E, Gardner B. Implementation of evidence-based practice from a learning perspective. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 2017;14(3), 192-199

Neher, M., Johansson, P., Nilsen, P., Broström, A., Nygårdh, A. Exploring implementation issues when introducing a novel internet-based intervention to treat cardiovascular disease-associated mental health issues- the Implement-IT project. Poster-abstract for Euroheart Care in Jönköping Sweden (May 17-20th, 2017).

Nygårdh A, Neher M, Broström A, Nilsen P, Johansson P. Towards internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy for patients with cardiovascular disease and comorbid depression and insomnia? Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2017;16 (7)

Neher M, Nygårdh A, Nilsen P, Broström A, Johansson P. Implementing internet-delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for patients with cardiovascular disease and psychological distress- a scoping review. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, First Published 22 Feb 2019.

Westas M, Lundgren J, Mourad G, Neher M, Johansson P. How Healthcare Professionals in Cardiac Care Address Depressive Symptoms: Experiences of Patients With Cardiovascular Disease. February 2020. The Journal of cardiovascular nursing DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000669

Neher M, Landén Ludvigsson M, Enblom, A. Preparedness to implement physical activity and rehabilitation guidelines in routine primary care cancer rehabilitation. Focus group interviews exploring rehabilitation professionals’ perceptions. Journal of Cancer Education (Jan 2020)DOI: 10.1007/s13187-020-01704-6

Nilsen P, Neher M, Ellström PE, Gardner B. Implementation in a learning perspective. In Nilsen P  and Birken S. (Eds). Handbook on Implementation Science (2020), pp 409-422.

Other activities

  • Professional network groups and memberships:

Founding member of the Global Implementation Society 

Member of the Nordic Implementation Research Interest Group

Member of the European Implementation Collaborative 










Neher, M., Nygårdh, A., Broström, A., Lundgren, J., Johansson, P. (2022). Perspectives of Policy Makers and Service Users Concerning the Implementation of eHealth in Sweden: Interview Study Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(1). More information
Westas, M., Mourad, G., Andersson, G., Neher, M., Lundgren, J., Johansson, P. (2022). The experience of participating in an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy program among patients with cardiovascular disease and depression: a qualitative interview study BMC Psychiatry, 22(1). More information
Ahonen, H., Broström, A., Fransson, E., Neher, M., Lindmark, U. (2022). Oral health-related situations among patients with experience of continuous positive airway pressure treatment: a critical incident analysis of experiences and actions Journal of Sleep Research, 31(Suppl 1). More information
Ahonen, H., Broström, A., Fransson, E., Neher, M., Lindmark, U. (2022). “The terrible dryness woke me up, I had some trouble breathing”- critical situations related to oral health as described by CPAP-treated persons with obstructive sleep apnea Journal of Sleep Research, 31(6). More information
Petersson, L. Larsson, I. Nygren, J. Nilsen, P. Neher, M. Reed, J. , ... Svedberg P. (2022). Challenges to implementing artificial intelligence in healthcare: a qualitative interview study with healthcare leaders in Sweden BMC Health Services Research, 22(1). More information
Neher, M., Landén Ludvigsson, M., Enblom, A. (2021). Preparedness to Implement Physical Activity and Rehabilitation Guidelines in Routine Primary Care Cancer Rehabilitation: Focus Group Interviews Exploring Rehabilitation Professionals' Perceptions Journal of Cancer Education, 36(4), 779-786. More information
Westas, M., Lundgren, J., Mourad, G., Neher, M., Johansson, P. (2021). How Healthcare Professionals in Cardiac Care Address Depressive Symptoms: Experiences of Patients With Cardiovascular Disease Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 36(4), 340-348. More information
von Thiele Schwarz, U., Giannotta, F., Neher, M., Zetterlund, J., Hasson, H. (2021). Professionals' management of the fidelity-adaptation dilemma in the use of evidence-based interventions-an intervention study Implementation science communications, 2(1). More information
Nilsen, P., Neher, M., Ellström, P., Gardner, B. (2017). Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice From a Learning Perspective Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 14(3), 192-199. More information
Neher, M., Ståhl, C., Festin, K., Nilsen, P. (2016). Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice in Rheumatology: What Sociodemographic, Social Cognitive and Contextual Factors Influence Health Professionals’ Use of Research in Practice? Journal of rheumatic diseases and treatment, 2(3), 1-8. More information
Neher, M., Ståhl, C., Ellström, P., Nilsen, P. (2015). Knowledge Sources for Evidence-Based Practice in Rheumatology Nursing. Clinical Nursing Research, 24(6), 661-679. More information
Neher, M., Ståhl, C., Nilsen, P. (2015). Learning opportunities in rheumatology practice: A qualitative study Journal of Workplace Learning, 27(4), 282-297. More information
Wressle, E., Lindstrand, J., Neher, M., Marcusson, J., Henriksson, C. (2003). The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure as an outcome measure and team tool in a day treatment program Disability and Rehabilitation, 25(10), 497-506. More information

Book chapter

Nilsen, P., Neher, M., Ellström, P., Gardner, B. (2022). A learning perspective on implementation. In: F. Rapport, R. Williams and J. Braithwaite (Ed.), Implementation Science: The Key Concepts (pp. 169 -170). More information
Nilsen, P., Neher, M., Ellström, P., Gardner, B. (2020). Implementation from a learning perspective. In: Per Nilsen, Sarah A. Birken (Ed.), Handbook on implementation science (pp. 409 -421). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing More information

Conference paper

Westas, M., Lundgren, J., Mourad, G., Neher, M., Johansson, P. (2019). Patients with cardiovascular disease and their perceptions on how depression is addressed by health care professionals P98 in cardiac care. EuroHeartCare 2019, Milan, Italy. More information

Other publications

Ahonen, H., Neher, M., Fransson, E., Broström, A., Lindmark, U. . Views about oral health determinants as described by persons with continuous positive airway pressure-treated obstructive sleep apnea: A qualitative study. More information