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Anders Hjern

Anders Hjern, MD, is a researcher at the Centre for Health Equity Studies and an adjunct Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology at the Nordic School of Public Health. He has been involved in studies of migration and child health since the mid 1980’s. During the last 10 years he has led a series of longitudinal studies in national registers of youth and young adults exposed to somatic and social risk factors in childhood.

Selected publications:

"Migration and Public Health"
English translation of chapter from Swedish National Public Health Report 2009. Published by the National Board of Health and Welfare. For a Swedish version

Peer review;

Hjern A, Angel B & Höjer B. Persecution and behavior – A report of refugee children from Chile. Child Abuse & Neglect 1991; 15:239-248.

Hjern A, Angel B, Jeppson O. Political violence, family stress and mental health of refugee children in exile. Scand J Soc Med 1998;26:18-25.

Hjern A, Rasmussen F, Hedlin G. Age at adoption, ethnicity and atopic disorder: a study of internationally adopted young men in Sweden. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 1999;10(2):101-6.

Weitoft GR, Gullberg A, Hjern A, Rosen M. Mortality statistics in immigrant research: method for adjusting underestimation of mortality. Int J Epidemiol 1999;28(4):756-63.

Montan PG, Ekstrom K, Hedlin G, van Hage-Hamsten M, Hjern A, Herrmann B. Vernal keratoconjunctivitis in a Stockholm ophthalmic centre– epidemiological, functional, and immunologic investigations. Acta Ophthalmol Scand 1999;77(5):559-63.

Hjern A, Haglund B, Bremberg S, Ringback-Weitoft G. Social adversity, migration and hospital admissions for childhood asthma in Sweden. Acta Paediatr 1999;88(10):1107-12.

Hjern A, Rasmussen F, Johansson M, Aberg N. Migration and atopic disorder in Swedish conscripts . Pediatr Allergy Immunol 1999;10(3):209-15.

Hjern, A. Grindefjord, M. Dental health and access to dental care for ethnic minorities in Sweden. Ethnicity & Health, 2000; 5:23-32.
Hjern, A. Haglund, B. Bremberg, S. Lower respiratory tract infections in social and ethnic context. Paediatric & Perinatal Epidemiolgy, 2000; 14: 53-60.

Hjern, A. Haglund, B. Hedlin, G. Ethnicty, childhood environment and atopic disorder. Clin Exp All; 2000: 30: 521-28.

Hjern, A. Angel, B. Organised violence and mental health – a six year follow-up of refugee children in exile. Acta paediatrica 2000; 89; 722-

Hjern A, Haglund B, Persson G, Rosén M. Is there equity in access to health services for ethnic minorities in Sweden? European Journal of Public Health, 2001; 11:147-152.

Angel, B. Hjern, A. Ingleby, D. Effects of war and organized violence on children: A study of Bosnian refugees in Sweden. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2001; 71; 4-15.

Johansson-Kark, M, Rasmussen, F. Hjern, A. Overweight among international adoptees in Sweden. A population-based study. Acta Paediatrica 2002;91(7):827-32.

Hjern, A. Lindblad, F. Vinnerljung, B. Suicide, psychiatric illness and social maladjustment in intercountry adoptees in Sweden. Lancet . 2002 10;360(9331):443-8.

Hjern, A. Allebeck, P. Suicide in first and second generation immigrants. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 2002 37(9):423-9.

Hjern, A. Illicit drug abuse in second generation immigrants in Sweden- a national cohort study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2004; 32: 40-46.

Hjern, A. Allebeck, P. Alcohol-related disorders in first and second generation immigrants in Sweden. Addiction 2004; 229-36.

Hjern, A. Wicks, S. Dahlman, C. Social adversity contributes to high morbidity in psychoses in immigrants – a national cohort study in two generations of Swedish residents. Psychological Medicine 2004 Aug;34(6):1025-33.

Wicks, S. Hjern, A. Dahlman, C. Social adversity and the risk of developing psychosis- a national cohort study. Am J Psychiatry 2005 ;162:1652-7.

Hjern F, Mellgren A, Johansson C , Baxter N, Hjern A. Diverticular Disease and Migration-The Influence of Acculturation to a Western lifestyle. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 2006 Mar 15;23(6):797-805.

Wallby T, Hjern A. Parental region of birth, socio-economic status and infants’ exposure to second-hand smoke. Acta Paediatr. 2008 Nov;97(11):1542-5. Epub 2008 Aug 13.

Jablonska B, Lindberg L, Lindblad F, Hjern A. Ethnicity, socio-economic status and self-harm in Swedish youth: a national cohort study. Psychol Med. 2009 Jan;39(1):87-94. Epub 2008 Mar 26.

Wallby T, Hjern A. Region of birth, income and breastfeeding in a Swedish county. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Nov;98(11):1799-804. Epub 2009 Sep 3.

Aronsson B, Wiberg C, Sandstedt P, Hjern A. Asylum-seeking children with severe loss of activities of daily living: clinical signs and course during rehabilitation. Acta Paediatr. E-publ 2009 Oct 8.
Ekéus C, Cnattingius S, Hjern A. Epidural analgesia during labor among immigrant women in Sweden. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2010;89(2):243-9.

Villadsen SF, Sievers E, Andersen AM, Arntzen A, Audard-Mariller M, Martens G, Ascher H, Hjern A. Cross-country variation in stillbirth and neonatal mortality in offspring of Turkish migrants in northern Europe. Eur J Public Health. 2010 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print]


Hjern A. Tortyr – en kunskapsöversikt. Socialstyrelsen redovisar 1988:40.

Hjern A. Migrationsmedicinsk forskning – en översikt. Medicinska Forskningsrådet, 1995:1.

Hjern A, Allebeck P. Health examinations and health services for asylum seekers in Sweden. Letter to the editor. Scand J Soc Med 1997;25:207-9.

Hjern, A. Vinnerljung, B. Health care for fosterchildren. Acta Paediatrica, 2002; 91: 1153-54.

Hjern, A. Bouvier, P. Migrant children- a challenge for European paediatricians. Acta paediatrica, 2004 Nov;93(11):1535-9.

Hjern A. Jeppsson O. Mental health care for refugee children in exile. I: Ingleby, D (red). Forced migration and mental health: Rethinking the care of refugees and displaced persons. New York; Klouwer, 2004.

Jeppsson O. Hjern A.Traumatic stress in context. A study of unaccompanied minors from southern Sudan. I: Ingleby, D (red). Forced migration and mental health: Rethinking the care of refugees and displaced persons. New York; Klouwer, 2004.

Hjern A. The Swedish Public Health Report 2009. Chapter 13: Migration and Health. Scand J Public Health, in press.

Angel B & Hjern A. Att möta flyktingar. Revised and extended second edition Studentlitteratur, 2004 

Hjern A(red). Diagnostik och behandling av traumatiserade flyktingar. Studentlitteratur, 1994.

SoS-rapport 1999:13. Mångkulturell sjukvård. En lärarhandledning för läkarutbildningen

Barnsjukvård i det mångkulturella samhället. I Lagercrantz, H & Lindberg, T (red). Barnmedicin. Lund: Studentlitteratur. Fourth edition published in 2006.

Hjern, A. Delvert, J. Nyanlända flykting- och invandrarbarn. I: Magnusson, M. Blennow, M. Hagelin, E. Sundelin, C (red). Barnhälsovård-att främja barns hälsa. Stockholm: Liber, 2009.

Migration till segregation –en folkhälsorapport om barn med utländskt ursprung. Stockholm: Centrum för barn- och ungdomshälsa, Stockholms läns landsting,1996.

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