Gisela Lilja is an occupational therapist at the Neurological and Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Skåne University Hospital in Lund, working at a stroke outpatient rehabilitation facility. Her main interest is the consequences of a cognitive impairment for the patients’ everyday life, and correspondingly cognitive rehab.
The focus of her research at Lund University is outcome in survivors after a cardiac arrest, including the effects of cognitive, physical and/or emotional problems for the patients overall outcome and Health-related Quality of Life. During 2011 to 2013 she coordinated the follow-up in the large Target Temperature Management (TTM) trial, and in 2015 she defended her PhD thesis titled Cognitive function after cardiac arrest and target temperature management. Thereafter she has continued to take part in different research projects considering outcome after cardiac arrest, that involves both the challenges on how to measure outcome in large clinical trials, as how to support the individual patient in the clinical practice.
She is currently a part of the steering group for the TTM2 trial where she is the follow-up coordinator. She also participates in the DISCO-trial, in the reference group for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) in the Swedish Cardiac Arrest Registry (SCAR), in the writing group of the ILCOR/ERC/AHA supported initiative of a Core Outcome Set for Cardiac Arrest trials (COSCA), in the Scientific group of the Swedish Resuscitation Council and in the Swedish Resuscitations Council’s working group on post-resuscitation care (that in 2016 presented the first Swedish national guidelines for follow-up after cardiac arrest).