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Rehabilitation Medicine

Our research

We conduct research and education with a focus on disability and rehabilitation. The target groups are individuals of all ages with neurologic disabilities as a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, post-polio, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and neuromuscular disorders, and children, adolescents and adults with non-malignant pain. The research group is led by a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and includes four post-docs and six doctoral students. A majority of the group members also work in clinical settings with rehabilitation and lifelong follow-up of persons with different neurologic disabilities and non-malignant pain. The research is conducted in seven areas and assesses the consequences of an injury or disease from a lifelong perspective. Different rehabilitation models and interventions focusing on interdisciplinary goal-oriented rehabilitation programs, physical activity and sports, compensatory strategies, self-efficacy, coping and empowerment, participation, and life satisfaction are developed and evaluated.


  • Determine and understand the consequences of a neurologic injury and disease or non-malignant pain for children, adolescents, and adults.
  •  Describe changes over time and in a life-long perspective of a neurologic injury and disease or non-malignant pain. 
  • Develop and evaluate different rehabilitation medicine models and interventions for persons with a neurologic injury and disease or non-malignant pain.


Our research aims at increasing knowledge about the life situation for persons with a neurologic injury and disease or non-malignant pain. This knowledge can assist these persons to achieve and maintain the best possible functioning and thereby reach their goals regarding family life, work, and leisure time activities. Overall, our research will benefit society at large by improving the quality of life for people living and aging with these disorders and their families.

How our research contributes to the goals of MultiPark

 Our research addresses the aim of MultiPark's working group 7. 

Research Team & Publications

Read about publications and research team members of the Rehabilitation Medicine in the LU Research Portal. 

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Jan Lexell


jan [dot] lexell [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (jan[dot]lexell[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Link to Jan Lexell's profile in the LU Research Portal

Twitter: @JanLexell