Susanne Kelfve

Title: Affiliated

Sector: Social Gerontology

Research group: Carin Lennartsson

Portrait of Susanne Kelfve.

Susanne Kelfve has a PhD in Sociology, from Stockholm University. She is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the division Ageing and Social Change (ASC) at Linköping University. Susanne is affiliated to the Social gerontology group at Aging Research Center, in which she previously had a position during her PhD studies.

Susanne’s research is interdisciplinary and mainly focused towards inequality in later life between different groups in the society. She is interested in patterns of living conditions, how these living conditions changes over time and the impact of these differences for quality of life, health and longevity. In addition, she has a special interest in methodological challenges in population studies about older people’s health and living conditions. She mainly works with large longitudinal population studies and register data.

Selected publications

Marcusson, J., Nord, M., Johansson, M., Alwin, J., Levin, L-Å., Dannapfel, P., Thomas, K., Poksinska, B., Sverker, A., Olaison, A., Cedersund, E., Kelfve, S., Motel-Klingebiel, A., Hellström, I., Kullberg, A., Böttiger, Y., Dong, H-J., Peolsson, A., Wass, M., Lyth, J., Valter, L. & Andersson, A. (2019). Proactive healthcare for frail elderly persons – study protocol for a prospective controlled primary care intervention in Sweden. BMJ Open, 9(5), e027847. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027847

Kelfve S., Wastesson J., Fors S., Johnell K., Morin L. (2018). Is the level of education associated with transitions between care settings in older adults near the end of life? A nationwide, retrospective cohort study. Palliative Medicine, 32(2), 366-375.

Kelfve, S. (In press). Underestimated health inequalities among older people—A consequence of excluding the most disabled and disadvantaged. The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. First online 29 March 2017. DOI:

Kelfve, S., Fors, S., & Lennartsson, C. (2017). Getting better all the time? Selective attrition and compositional changes in longitudinal and life-course studies. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 8(1), 104-120.

Agahi, N., Kelfve, S., Lennartsson, C. & Kåreholt, I. (2016). Alcohol consumption in very old age and its association with survival: a matter of health and physical function. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 159, 240-245.

Kelfve, S. & Ahacic, K. (2015). Bias in estimates of alcohol use among older people: selection effects due to design, health, and cohort replacement. BMC Public Health, 15:769 DOI:10.1186/s12889-015-2114-6

Kelfve, S., Lennartsson, C., Agahi, N. & Modig, K. (2015). Do postal health surveys capture morbidity and mortality in respondents aged 65 years and older? A register-based validation study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 43(4), 348-355

Kelfve, S., Agahi, N., Darin Mattsson, A. & Lennartsson, C. (2014). Increased alcohol use over the past 20 years among the oldest old in Sweden. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 31(3), 245-260.

Lennartsson, C., Agahi, N., Hols-Salén, L., Kelfve, S., Kåreholt, I., Lundberg, O., Parker, M. G. & Thorslund, M. (2014). Data Resource Profile: The Swedish Panel Study of Living Conditions of the Oldest Old (SWEOLD). International Journal of Epidemiology,43(3), 731-738.

Kelfve, S., Thorslund, M. & Lennartsson, C. (2013). Sampling and non-response bias on health-outcomes in surveys of the oldest old. European Journal of Ageing, 10(3), 237-245.

Parker, M.G., Lennartsson, C. & Kelfve, S. (2010). Approcher l’âge de la retraite en Suède: santé et ressources des 50-64 ans entre 1968 et 2000 (Approaching retirement age in Sweden: Health and resources of 50 to 64-year-olds from 1968 to 2000). Retraite et Société, 59: 39-59.

Doctoral thesis

Kelfve, S. (2015). Gotta survey somebody – Methodological challenges in population studies of older people. Stockholm: Stockholm University; Thesis.