Healthcare Professional Practice


The research group develops new knowledge about healthcare professionals' clinical practice, their encounters with patients and their next-of-kins and collaboration partners. Key research interests are research on intersubjectivity and interactions between healthcare professionals and patients, evaluations and improvements of professional practice, and the advancement of planetary health and sustainability in healthcare. User involvement is essential and we aim to include healthcare providers and recipients in all stages of our research. 

Pediatric healthcare 
Interactions in healthcare
Healthcare and sustainability
Our research interests in the pediatric field are early  developmental interventions for infants born preterm, the use of play in pediatric physical therapy and family centered practices during the day care years. We also explore the impacts of northern culture and climate on child development. 
Our research on interactions in healthcare focus on patients' and professionals' experiences, currently in the fields of women's health, palliative care and pediatrics. We aim to develop new knowledge by connecting to enactivism and its integration of phenomenology, neuroscience and systems theory. 
Our research on healthcare and sustainability spans the theoretical foundations of planetary health and sustainable healthcare, their practical implementation in day-to-day practice, and their advancement in education across the healthcare professions and beyond.  




For a group member's publications please go to PEOPLE in the top menu and find their Cristin list on their employee card. 

You can also go to PROJECTS to find key publications listed for each of them. 



Ellen C. Arntzen "The effects of and experiences from participation in GroupCoreDIST- a new, individualized, group-based, physiotherapy intervention for ambulant individuals with multiple sclerosis. A mixed methods study including a randomized controlled trial and a qualitative interview study". Main supervisor: Britt Normann. Thesis link: 


Andreas F. Lahelle “Group-based and individualized physiotherapy for persons with multiple sclerosis - A qualitative observational and interview study”. Main supervisor: Britt Normann. Thesis link:

Marit Sørvoll "Supervision in pediatric physiotherapy: an ambiguous distinction between treatment and supervision. A qualitative explorative study using observations and interviews". Main supervisor: Gunn Kristin Øberg. Thesis link:


Ragnhild B. Håkstad "Interaction and Mutuality in Physical Therapy for Preterm Infants and Their Parents. A qualitative study with observations and interviews". Main supervisor: Gunn Kristin Øberg. Thesis link:

Vår Mathisen "Brukermedvirkning i distrikspsykiatriske sentre- et interaksjonistisk perspektiv. Praktiskering av "brukermedvirknin" i fellserom og rapporter". Main supervisor: Aud Obstfelder. Thesis link:


Margrethe Kristiansen "Contradictory managment requirements and organization of daily work in Norwegian nursing homes". Main supervisor: Aud Obstfelder. Thesis link:


Britt Normann "Physiotherapy and professional clinical guidance in an out-patient clinic for people with multiple sclerosis. Body and movement in sense making and professional development". Main supervisor: Siri Moe. Thesis link:


Bente Ervik "Every day life with prostate cancer: A qualitative study of men's and spouses' experiences".
Main supervisor: Kenneth Asplund. Thesis link:

Healthcare Professional Practice

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