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Lennarth Johansson

School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University

Lennarth Johansson

Lennarth Johansson (LJ),  psychologist, PhD, Associate professor in Gerontology, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, has over forty years of experience in research and developmental work in housing, services, and care of older people. From 1993 to 2016 he held a position as research leader at the National Board of Health and Welfare responsible for national evaluation and follow up in elderly care. From 2010–2017 he also held a halftime position at ARC (Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute), conducting research on informal care and services and care for frail elderly people with complex health problems. From 2017 – 2023 he also had a part-time position as Senior advisor at Stockholm Gerontology Research Center.


Countries England (UK); Sweden;
Topics Community-based LTC; Housing and care; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; LTC systems in LMIC countries; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Longitudinal data analysis;
Role Research;
Research interests

LJ is particularly interested in studying the interaction and balance between public and family care of older people and how this develops over time. The focus is  on analysing policy and practice, especially for frail older people with complex health problems and severe needs, living at home.

Key publications

Johansson, L. & Sundström, G. (2023). Hållbarheten svensk äldreomsorg i ljuset av covid- 19. (2023). Tidskrift for Omsorgsforskning. Årgång 9, nr. 2, s.105 – 115.

Johansson, L. & Schön, P. (2021). MC COVID-19: Sweden. Country report to EU project on Mechanisms of Coordination between health and social care policy in 15 European countries.

Johansson, L. & Sundström, G. (2021). Elderly Care Response to Covid-19 in Sweden. Report to Korean Research Institute for Health and Social Affairs (in Korean).

Johansson, L. (2021). The Long-term care system in Sweden. CRC 1342 Social policy country briefs, 20. CRC 1342 Global dynamics of social policy. Bremen.

Johansson, L & Schön, P. (2018). Quality and cost-effectiveness in long-term care and dependency prevention.  Cequa LTC Network,

Johansson, L., Sundström, G., Malmberg, B. (2018). Ett halvt århundrande av äldreomsorg – vad står stat och familj? Tidsskrift for Omsorgsforskning, Årgång 4, nr. 1, s. 62–68.

Johansson, L. Schön, P. (2017). Supporting carers. Policy summary: Sweden. Cequa LTC Network,

Schneider, U., Sundström, G., Johansson, L., Tortosa, M.A. (2016). Policies to support informal care. In Fernandez, JL, Gori. C, Wittenberg, R, eds, Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries: Successes and Failures. London: Policy Press.

Campbell, J.C., Ikegami, N., Gori, C., Barbabella, F., Chomik, R., d’Amico, F., Holder, H., Ishibashi, T., Johansson, L., Komisar, H., Theobald, H. (2016). How different countries allocate LTC benefits to users: Changes over time. In Fernandez, JL, Gori. C, Wittenberg, R, eds, Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries: Successes and Failures. London: Policy Press.

Wimo, A., Jönsson, L., Fratiglioni, L., Sandman, PO., Gustavsson, A., Sköldunger, A., Johansson, L. (2016). The societal costs of dementia in Sweden 2012 – relevance and methodological challenges in valuing informal care. Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy.

Schön, P., & Johansson, L. (2016). European Social Policy Network. Thematic report on work-life balance measures for persons of working age with dependent relatives. Sweden 2016. Report. EU network of independent experts on social inclusion. Brussels: European Commission: European Union.