Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Li Jalmsell - CRB Alumni

Li Jalmsell

Li Jalmsell
PhD 2015

Li Jalmsell started her PhD studies in Bioethics in 2008. She holds a degree in Medicine from Karolinska Institutet (2005) and a license to practice (2007) She also works as a medical doctor at the oncology unit in Visby, Gotland. Her main area of interest is the palliative care of dying children and how to improve it. Before joining the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics she worked with these issues at Karolinska Institutet.

PhD Project

Paediatric Palliative Oncology in a Family Perspective

Recently in the media


Jalmsell L, Towards Good Palliation for Children with Cancer: Recognizing the Family and the Value of Communication, 2015, Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, doctoral dissertation, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1123

Jalmsell L, Kontio T, Stein M, Henter JI, Kreicbergs U, On the Child's Own Initiative: Parents Communicate With Their Dying Child About Death, Death Stud. 2015;396(2).

Jalmsell L, Forslund M, Hansson MG, Henter JI, Kreichbergs U, Frost BM, Transition to noncurative end-of-life care in paediatric oncology: a nationwide follow-up in Sweden, Acta Paediatrica 2013;102(7):744-748

Jalmsell L, Kreicbergs U, Onelöv E, Steineck G, Henter JI, Anxiety is contagious-symptoms of anxiety in the terminally ill child affect long-term psychological well-being in bereaved parents, Pediatr Blood Cancer, 2010;54(5):751-7.

Jalmsell L, Onelöv E, Steineck G, Henter JI, Kreicbergs U, Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in children with cancer and the risk of long-term psychological morbidity in the bereaved parent, Bone Marrow Transplant, 2011:46(8):1063-70.

Jalmsell L, Kreicbergs U, Onelöv E, Steineck G, Henter JI, Symptoms affecting children with malignancies during the last month of life: a nation wide follow-up. Pediatrics, 2006;117(4):1314-20

Poster presentations

On the child's own initiative: SIOP 2014 (46th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology) 22-25 October 2014. Toronto Canada

When there is no chance of cure: NOPHO 2012 (30th Annual Meeting of the Nordic Society of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology) 19-22 May 2012. For her oral presentation and poster, Li Jalmsell was one of two winners of the NOPHO Prize 2012, awarded to the best presentations given by Young NOPHO members.

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Li Jalmsell på Etikbloggen

Våga prata om döden med svårt sjuka barn! 2015-04-21

Talking about death with dying children

[2014-10-09] Open and honest communication is important in palliative care, but what about families? When is the best time to talk to your child about dying? And how should you talk about death?

A group of researchers have studied how parents with children dying from cancer communicated with their child about death. The results show that the child, not the parent, was often the one who initiated conversations about death. Parents often used fairy tales as a theme for these talks. Regardless of how old the child was.

Li Jalmsell is one of the authors. She is a PhD Student at CRB but also a medical doctor and has worked with cancer patients for many years. According to her, there is of course a fear that too much focus on death could cause harm.

PhD Project

Paediatric Palliative Oncology in a Family Perspective