Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Anna T. Höglund

Anna T. Höglund

Anna T. Höglund
Senior Lecturer in Nursing Ethics and Gender Studies
Associate Professor of Ethics

Anna T. Höglund is senior lecturer in nursing ethics and gender studies. She has worked extensively on the question of ethical competence for health care practitioners. Related research areas are moral distress in clinical settings and prioritization in health care.  She has also published substantially on the topic of gender and ethics. She holds an undergraduate degree in Arts (1997) and a doctoral degree in Theology (2001) from Uppsala University. She became Associate Professor of Ethics in 2006.

E-mail: anna.hoglund@crb.uu.se
Phone: +46 18 471 62 28


PhD and licentiate supervision

  • Erica Falkenström, Stockholm University, Department of Education: Developing ethical competence in health care management (PhD 2012)

Recently in the media

Selected publications


Höglund AT, Gender and the War on Terrorism. The Justification of War in a Post-9/11 Perspective, Skrifter från Centrum för genusvetenskap/Crossroads of Knowledge 13, Uppsala universitet 2010. 248 pp. Order from: publications@gender.uu.se

Höglund AT, Inga lätta val. Om riktlinjer och etisk kompetens vid prioriteringar i vården. En studie i empirisk etik (No Easy Choices. On Guidelines and Ethical Competence in Priority Setting in Health Care. A Study in Empirical Ethics), Uppsala Studies in Faiths and Ideologies 15. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis 2005. 176 pp.

Höglund AT, Reflektioner över etik och prioriteringar i vården – intervjuer med vårdpersonal (Reflections on Ethics and Priority Setting in Health Care – Interviews with Health Care Providers), Rapport 2003:7, Linköping: Prioriteringscentrum, 2003, 86 pp.

Höglund AT, Krig och kön. Feministisk etik och den moraliska bedömningen av militärt våld (War and Gender. Feminist Ethics and the Moral Judgement of Military Violence), Uppsala Studies in Social Ethics 26, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Uppsala 2001. 290 pp.


Hakimnia R, Clarsson M, Höglund AT, Holmström IK, Doing gender in the context of telenursing: Analyses of authentic calls to a telenursing site in Sweden, Clinical Nursing Studies 2015;3(2):24-30.

Hakimnia R, Holmström IK, Carlsson M, Höglund AT, Exploring the communication between telenurse and caller - A critical discourse analysis, International Journal of Qualitiative Studies on Health and Well-being, 2014;9:24255

Pettersson M, Hedström M and Höglund AT, Striving for good nursing care: Nurses' experiences of do not resuscitate orders within oncology and hematology care, Nursing Ethics published online 9 June 2014, DOI: 10.1177/0969733014533238

Gottvall M, Grandahl M, Höglund AT, Larsson M, Stenhammar C, Andrae B & Tydén T, Trust versus concerns: how parents reason when they accept HPV vaccination for their young daughter, Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences 2013;118(4)263-270

Gottvall M, Tydén T, Larsson M, Stenhammar C & Höglund AT, Informed Consent for HPV Vaccination: A Relational Approach, Health Care Analysis 2013 E-pub ahead of print doi: 10.1007/s10728-012-0237-9

Tully MP, Kettis Å, Höglund AT, Morlin C, Schwan Å, Ljungberg C, Transfer of data or re-creation of knowledge - Experiences of a shared electronic patient medical records system, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2013;9(6):965-974

Kuhlau F, Evers K, Eriksson S and Höglund AT, Applied Biosafety: Ethical competence in dual use life science research, Journal of the American Biological Safety Association, 2012;17(3):120-127.

Gottvall M, Tydén T, Larsson M, Stenhammar C, Höglund AT, Challenges and opportunities of a new HPV immunization program - Perceptions among Swedish school nurses, Vaccine, 2011;29(28):4576-4583.

Höglund AT, Etiska aspekter på att rutinmässigt fråga om erfarenheter av våld i nära relationer, in: Att fråga om våldsutsatthet som en del i anamnesen. Uppsala: NCK Rapport 2010:4, pp. 95-103.

Höglund AT, Genusperspektiv på att rutinmässigt tillfråga kvinnor om våld i nära relationer, in: Att fråga om våldsutsatthet som en del i anamnesen. Uppsala: NCK Rapport 2010:4, pp. 105-111.

Masterton M, Hansson MG, Höglund AT, In search of the missing subject: narrative identity and posthumous wronging, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 2012;41(4):340-346.

Gottvall M, Tydén T, Höglund AT, Larsson M, Knowledge of human papillomavirus among high school students can be increased by an educational intervention, International Journal of STD & AIDS, 2010;21:558-562.

Kaminsky E, Carlsson M, Höglund AT, and Holmström I, Paediatric health calls to Swedish telenurses: a descriptive study of content and outcome, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 2010;16:454.

Höglund AT, Gender and Bioethics, in: Never Mind the Gap! Gendering Science in Transgressive Encounters, Blomqvist M & Ehnsmyr, E (eds), Skrifter från Centrum för genusvetenskap / Crossroads of Knowledge 15, Universitetstryckeriet, Uppsala 2010

Höglund AT, Eriksson S, Helgesson G, The role of guidelines in ethical competence-building: Perceptions among research nurses and physicians, Clinical Ethics, 2010;5:95-102.

Höglund AT, Winblad U, Arnetz B, Arnetz J, Patient participation during hospitalization for myocardial infarction. Perceptions among patients and personnel, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. 2010;24(3):482-489.

Arnetz JE, Winblad U, Höglund AT, Lindahl B, Spångberg K, Wallentin L et al., Is patient involvement during hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction associated with post-discharge treatment outcome? An exploratory study, Health Expectations, 2010;13(3):298-311.

Gottvall M, Larsson M, Hoglund AT, Tyden T. High HPV vaccine acceptance despite low awareness among Swedish upper secondary school students, Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care, 2009;14:399-405.

Höglund AT, Helgesson G, Eriksson S, Ethical dilemmas and ethical competence in the daily work of research nurses, Health Care Analysis, 2010;18:239-251.

Kuhlau F, Höglund AT, Evers K, Eriksson S, A precautionary principle for dual use research in the life sciences, Bioethics, 2011;25:1-8.

Höglund AT, Tydén T, Hannerfors AK, Larsson M, Knowledge of human papillomavirus and attitudes to vaccination among Swedish high school students, International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2009; 20(2):102-7.

Höglund AT, Holmström I, Ethical issues in telenursing, International Hospital Equipment and Solutions 2009;7(34):18-19.

Holmström I, Höglund AT, Det ansiktslösa mötets etik. Sjuksköterskors erfarenheter av etiska dilemman vid telefonrådgivning, in Holmström I. (ed.): Telefonrådgivning inom hälso- och sjukvård. Lund: Studentlitteratur (2008), pp. 91-105.

Kuhlau F, Eriksson S, Evers K, Höglund AT, Taking Due Care: Moral obligations in dual use research, Bioethics, 2008:22(9):477-487.

Höglund AT, Holmström I, 'It's easier to talk to a woman'. Aspects of gender in Swedish telenursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2008;17:2979-2986.

Arnetz JE, Höglund AT, Arnetz BB, Winblad U, Development and evaluation of a questionnaire for measuring patient views of involvement in myocardial infarction care, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2008;7:229-238.

Holmström I, Höglund AT, Response to commentary, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2008;17:3251-3252.

Holmström I, Höglund AT, The Faceless Encounter. Ethical Dilemmas in Telephone Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2007;16:1865-1871.

Kälvemark Sporrong S, Arnetz B, Hansson MG, Westerholm, P, Höglund AT, Developing Ethical Competence in Health Care Organizations, Nursing Ethics, 2007:14(6):825-837.

Arnetz JE, Höglund AT, Arnetz BB, Winblad Spångberg U, Staff views and behaviour regarding patient involvement in myocardial infarction care: Development and evaluation of a questionnaire, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2008;7:27-35.

Arnetz JE, Winblad U, Arnetz BB, Höglund AT, Physicians’ and nurses’ perceptions of patient involvement in myocardial infarction care, European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2008;7:113-120.

Eriksson S, Höglund AT, Helgesson G, Do Ethical Guidelines give Guidance? A Critical Examination of Eight Ethics Regulations, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2008;17:15-29.

Kälvemark S, Höglund AT, Hansson MG, Westerholm P, Arnetz B, Living with Conflicts. Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Distress in the Health Care System, Social Science and Medicine, 2004;58:1075-1084.

Kälvemark Sporrong S, Höglund AT, Hansson MG, Westerholm P, Arnetz B, ”We are White Coats Whirling Round”. Moral Distress in Swedish Pharmacies, Pharmacy World and Science 2005;27: 223-229.

Kälvemark Sporrong S, Höglund AT, Arnetz B, Measuring Moral Distress in Pharmacy and Clinical Practice, Nursing Ethics, 2006;13(4): 416-427.

Holmström I, Höglund AT, The Faceless Encounter: Ethical Dilemmas in Telephone Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2007;16: 1865-1871.

Eriksson S, Helgesson G, Höglund AT, Being, Doing, and Knowing: Developing Ethical Competence in Health Care, Journal of Academic Ethics, 2007;5:207-216.

Masterton M, Hansson MG, Höglund AT, Helgesson G, Can the Dead be Brought into Disrepute? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 2007;28:137-149.

Masterton M, Helgesson G, Höglund AT, Hansson MG, Queen Christina's moral claim on the living – justification of a tenacious moral intuition, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 2007;10:(3): 321-327

Höglund AT, Justice for Women in War? Feminist Ethics and Human Rights for Women, Feminist Theology, 2003;11(3):331-346.

Höglund AT, War on Terrorism – Feminist and Ethical Perspectives, Security Dialogue, Sage Publications, 2003;34(2); 242-245.

Höglund AT, Vad har kön med kriget mot terrorismen att göra?, Internasjonal Politikk, 2006;1:7-28.

Höglund AT, Religion, tradition och genus. Om kvinnors rättigheter i ett mångkulturellt samhälle, in: Franck O (ed.), Om det som djupast angår… Tro och identitet: förankring och förändring, Årsbok för Föreningen Lärare i Religionskunskap (FLR). Malmö: Team Offset, 2005:37-48.

Höglund AT, Teologi, genus och rättfärdiga krig, in: Aggestam K (ed.), (O)Rättfärdiga krig, Lund, Studentlitteratur, 2004:25-48.

Höglund AT, Krig mot terrorn – är genus relevant?, in: Blomqvist M (ed.), I görningen. Aktuell genusvetenskaplig forskning, in:, Skrifter från Centrum för genusvetenskap 3. Uppsala, Universitetstryckeriet, 2006:110-129.

Höglund AT, Genus, etnicitet och rättigheter: Om skapandet av identitet i ett mångkulturellt samhälle, in: Franck O (ed.), Genusperspektiv i skolan – om kön, kärlek och makt, Lund, Studentlitteratur, 2007: 89-106.

Höglund AT, Gender Aspects of the Legitimisation of Military Force – a Post-September 11 Perspective, in: Gender and Peace Processes – an Impossible Match,Utsikt mot utveckling 19. Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University, 2003:7-17.


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Who calls Swedish Health Care Direct '1177'?

[2015-01-13] For some time now, all Swedish regions have been connected to the telenursing service Swedish Healthcare Direct (SHD), or ‘1177'. But does that mean we have equitable access to health care? Perhaps not. A recent study shows that both language and gender influences who uses the service.

Anna T. Höglund new adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for equal treatment

[2014-09-09] Anna T. Höglund, Associate Professor of Ethics and Senior Lecturer in Nursing Ethics and Gender Studies is the new adviser to the Vice-Chancellor for equal treatment.

Telenursing challenges inequalities

[2014-09-05] In a study from Uppsala University, Roya Hakimnia, Inger K. Holmström, Marianne Carlsson and Anna T. Höglund analyzed 20 calls made to 1177 (Swedish Healthcare Direct).

According to them, telenursing could potentially challenge inequalities in health care.  Through better awareness of gender biases and the callers’ different resources for making themselves heard, the communication might become more equal and better suitable for all callers.

Current research

DNR decisions within oncology and hematology care. Clinical and ethical perspectives (PhD Project)

Gender aspects in telenursing

Factors associated with participation in phase1 and phase 3 oncology trials

Ethical issues in preconception genetic screening (PhD Project)

Pretend play: children with cancer

Previous research

Dual use and responsible life science research – A bioethical approach (PhD Project)

Ethical competence in medical practice

Ethical dilemmas in telenursing

The effect of the organization of work on moral values of health professionals and their considerations related to prioritizations in health care (Moral Stress)

Patient participation – implications for myocardial infarction care

Retrospective DNA technologies an integrity for historical persons (PhD Project)

Setting priorities for the elderdly in health care - ethical, political and social aspects

Vaccine against HPV – Ethical and social aspects: Survey, exploration and intervention (PhD Project)


Anna Höglund's profile in the NCK Knowledge Bank (In Swedish)