Bettina Meinow

Title: Affiliated

Sector: Social Gerontology

Research group: Carin Lennartsson

Portrait of Bettina Meinow.

Bettina Meinow holds a PhD in social work and has a background in sociology. Currently, she is employed at the Stockholm Gerontology Research Center (Äldrecentrum) and is affiliated to ARC.

Her research mainly concerns trends in health and function in old age, especially multiple complex health problems and their association to mortality over time and for different demographic and socioecomic groups. As life expectancy increases and the relatively healthy and independent period after retirement lasts longer than it did a few decades ago, an important question is whether the period with poor health and dependence on long-term care has been compressed, postponed or expanded, as more recent cohorts survive longer despite health problems. Another focus of research is medical and social care utilization during the last years of life and how population health trends relate to developments in medical and social care services.

Project (PI)

Longer lives, healthier lives? Patterns of severe health problems and dependency in the last years of life

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed original articles

Marengoni, A., Angleman, S., Meinow, B. et al. (2016) Coexisting chronic conditions in the older population: Variation by health indicators. Eur J Intern Med 31 (2016): 29-34.

Meinow, B., Kåreholt, I., Thorslund, M., Parker MG (2015) Complex health problems among the oldest old in Sweden: Increased prevalence rates between 1992 and 2002 and stable rates thereafter. Eur J Ageing, 2015. 12(4): p. 285-297.

Nilsen, C., Andel, R., Fors, S., Meinow, B., Darin Mattsson A., Kåreholt, I. (2014) Associations between work-related stress, midlife socioeconomic position, and serious health problems in old age: A longitudinal study with over 20 years of follow-up. BMC Public Health, 14:887

Parker, M.G., Meinow, B., Berndt, H., Sundberg, L., Fors, S. (2014). Swedish Centenarian Survey – En studie av svenska 100-åringars hälsa och funktionsförmåga [Swedish Centenarian Survey – A study of health and functional ability]. Läkartidningen [Journal of the Swedish association of physicians], 111; CTYR.

Meinow, B., Parker M.G., Thorslund, M. (2012). Consumers of eldercare in Sweden: the semblance of choice. Social Science & Medicine, 2012. 73(9): p. 1285-9.

Marengoni, A., Angleman, S., Melis, R., Mangialasche, F., Karp, A., Garmén, A., Meinow, B. Fratiglioni, L. (2011). Aging with multimorbidity: a systemtic review of the literature. Aging Research Reviews, 10 (4), 430-39.

Meinow, B., M.G. Parker, and M. Thorslund (2010). Complex health problems and mortality among the oldest old in Sweden: decreased risk for men between 1992 and 2002. Eur J Ageing, 7(2): p. 81-90.

Meinow, B., Parker, M.G., Kåreholt, I. & Thorslund, M. (2006). Complex health problems in the oldest old in Sweden 1992–2002. Eur J Ageing, 3(2), 98–106.


Meinow, B., (2008) Capturing health in the elderly population. Complex health problems, mortality, and the allocation of home help services. Stockholm Studies in Social Work 26. Doctoral thesis in Social Work. Stockholm University.


Meinow, B., Wånell, S.E. (2011). Korttidsplats – vårdform som söker sitt innehåll. [Short-term care after inpatient care, a randomized controlled trial on effects and review of prevalence and contents]  Stockholm Gerontology Research Center 2011:6.

Wånell, S.E., Meinow, B., Höjgård, U. (2011). De mest sjuka äldres vård och omsorg – en beskrivning utifrån nationella indikatorer. [Care and services for the most frail elderly people – a description based on national indicators] National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm.

Fratiglioni, L., Marengoni, A., Meinow, B., Karp, A. (2010). Multipla hälsoproblem bland personer över 60 år. En systematisk litteraturöversikt om förekomst, konsekvenser och vård. SOU 2010:48, Stockholm, Sociala Rådet.

Socialstyrelsen (2009). Nationell uppföljning av äldreomsorg i Danmark, Norge, England och Kanada. Stockholm, Socialstyrelsen.

Popular publications

Meinow, B., Parker, M.G., Thorslund, M. Många äldre har inte själva förmåga att välja sin omsorg. [Many elderly people do not have the cognitive and physical resources to make own choices on caregivers] Dagens Nyheter, DN-debatt, 27 september 2011.