Healthcare Professional Practice


The research group develops new knowledge about healthcare professional practice and its theoretical underspinnings. We focus on the essential role human interactions and relations with our surroundings have on healthcare professional practice, and how these insights shape our understandings of patients and their life world environments. Through our knowledge building we want to contribute to improvements and sustainability in healthcare educations and practices. User involvement is of high value and we seek to involve user representatives from clinical practice in all research projects. 


Interactions and relations in healthcare

Healthcare and sustainability

Our research on interactions and relations in healthcare focus on how healthcare personell in alliance with patients and their next-of-kins make sense about health, illness and treatment experiences. ' and professionals' experiences. Our current fields of interests are pediatrics, women's health and psychosomatic health.   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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