Graciela Rovner, PhD in Medicine, ACT-Trainer

Senior pain specialist MSc Physiotherapist                                                                  Phone: +46 (0)709 74 37 77 email:



Scientific Publications at International Peer Reviewed Journals

THE JOURNAL OF PAIN, November 2015
ON THE COVER Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to increase the behavioral flexibility of individuals facing painful situations. Pain acceptance is the willingness to experience pain while engaging in valued activities. It is often measured using the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire. Previous analyses identified three patient clusters which differed across measures of patient functioning in meaningful ways. In this issue, Rovner et al present clustering using Latent Class Analysis. This cover image, a collaborative piece between ACT psychologist and artist Rikke Kjelgaard and author Graciela Rovner, is metaphorically related to ACT. See Rovner et al, Page 1095.

Rovner, G.; Vowles, K.; Gerdle, B. & Gillanders, D. (Epub ahead of print) Latent Class Analysis of the Short and LongForm of the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire- Further Examination of Patient Subgroups. J Pain. 2015 Aug 19. pii: S1526-5900(15)00810-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.07.007. PMID:26297968

Rovner, G.; Årestedt, K.; Gerdle, B.; Börsbo, B. & McCracken, LM, (2014) Psychometric properties of the 8-item Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ - 8) in a Swedish Chronic Pain Cohort. J Rehabil Med 46: 73–80 

CPAQ-8 in Swedish, dawnload here!

Bromley Milton, M.; Börsbo, B; Rovner, G.; Lundgren-Nilsson, Å.; Stibrant-Sunnerhagen, K.; Gerdle, B. (2013) Is pain intensity really that important to assess in chronic pain patients? A study based on the Swedish Quality Registry for Pain Rehabilitation (SQRP). PLoS ONE 8(6): e65483. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065483

Under process: How predictive and reliable are our evaluation methods in chronic pain??

Doctoral Thesis

Rovner, G., (2014). Indicators for Behavioral Pain Rehabilitation. Impact and predictive value, patient selection, treatment and outcome. Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg. 

Book Chapters

Rovner, G., (2012). Acceptans och mindfulness: ett fysioterapeutiskt förhållningssätt i Red. Levy Berg et al. Att förstå kroppens budskap- sjukgymnastiska perspektiv. Studentlitteratur.

Rovner, G., (2012). Hälsofrämjande smärtrehabilitering: Acceptance & Comittment Therapy (ACT) in Red. Hertting & Kristensson. Hälsofrämjande moten i vården. Studentlitteratur.


Gerdle, B., Rovner, G.,& Börsbo, B. (2011). Identifiering av kliniskt relevanta subgrupper av patienter med långvarig komplicerad smärta (Identification of clinical relevant sub-groups of patients with chronic and complex pain conditions). SKL Rapport. Smärt- och rehabiliteringscentrum, Universitetsskukhuset, Linköping.

Rovner, G; Björkdahl, A., Stibrant Sunnerhagen, K: (to be published 2013). Långvarig smärtproblematik- från bedömning till rehabilitering (Chronic pain, from assessment to rehabilitation). Riskförbund för Polio och trafikskadade RPT. Sahlgrenska Akademin vid Göteborgs Universitet.