Professional autobiography of Professor Leif Svanström - with a focus on injury prevention and safety promotion

Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2012;19(3):198-201. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2012.705304.


Professor Svanström has spent about forty-five years in the field of Social Medicine and Health and Safety Promotion. His main lines of research and teaching are Injury Epidemiology and Safety Promotion. In the 1960s, he conducted a number of descriptive and analytical studies, and in the 1970s began to address home and occupational injuries. In 1974, he introduced the community approach to safety promotion, encapsulated in the Falköping Model, which has heavily influenced Swedish and international community safety work. Under his leadership of the Research Group on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, more than 30 doctorates have been awarded. His work as Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion has led to the establishment of Safe Communities worldwide.

Publication types

  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Health Promotion*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Safety Management*
  • Sweden
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*

Personal name as subject

  • Leif Svanstrom