Published: 07-02-2019 17:43 | Updated: 07-08-2019 10:47

Sara Riggare is “Swede of the year in medicine”!

Sara Riggare med diplom för utmärkelsen årets medicinsvensk som utses av tidskriften FOKUS

Sara Riggare appointed “Swede of the year in medicine” by Fokus Magazine!

Fokus Magazine's award 'Swede of the year 2018' goes to a person who has distinguished him- or herself and contributed to making Sweden change for the better.

The motivation of the jury was announced at the prize ceremony held on January 30, 2019 in Stockholm:

“Being a patient can often mean feeling powerless. But it doesn't have to. This year's 'Swede of the year in medicine' holds a Master of science in chemical engineering and is a doctoral student in health informatics."

"She uses her knowledge to give patients power, including herself, as a Parkinson sufferer. Using concrete and practical methods to get informed about and manage her own health, she also educates 'lead patients'. They, like her, don't blindly put their fate into healthcare's hands."

"The Swede of the year in medicine is Sara Riggare.”

“I am very happy and proud to have been given this award. To me it is a sign that the role of the patient is changing, which is very good”, says an overwhelmed Sara Riggare.

Sara Riggare, PhD student at Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) at Karolinska Institutet, is an expert on her own illness. She believes that patients need to be more involved in their own treatment to improve their own healthcare experience.

“I would like to help other patients and equip them with the knowledge I did not have to start with but have acquired over time. I hope that my research can change things for me and for the rest of the world. That’s what I do every day and hope to be able to continue doing”, says Sara.

Warm congratulations to Sara for this great honor.