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Professor Steinar Westin, MD PhD
Steinar Westin (b 1944) is a professor of social medicine at the Department of Public Health and General Practice, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, and a part time general practitioner at a health centre in town.
A former district physician practising in an island community on the west coast of Norway, he has published on issues related to problem solving and decision making in general practice, screening in general practice, as well as implementation and evaluation of postgraduate education for general practitioners – in that respect being one of the founders of what has become "the Norwegian group based model" for vocational training in general practice, in effect since 1986. His most extensive research deals with health aspects of unemployment, sick leaves and disability pensioning, and increasingly on issues related to social inequalities in health and social determinants of health. The author/co-editor of several books, latest a textbook of social medicine, 2004, and on social epidemiology 2009.
Formerly a chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, member of editorial boards of several journals, e.g. the European Journal of General Practice, and formerly (1995-2002) a member of the Editorial Board ofBritish Medical Journal. On assignment periods as a WHO advisor on primary health care, e.g Macedonia and Peoples Republic of China. Since 2005 chairman of the Norwegian government's expert group to advice on how to reduce social inequalities in health, and since 2007 chairman of the Norwegian Research Council's program for research on sick leves and early exclusion from working life. Elected member of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and letters (1990).
Overview in Cristin
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Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts.
- (2013) High school dropout and long-term sickness and disability in young adulthood: a prospective propensity score stratified cohort study (the Young-HUNT study). BMC Public Health. volum 13.
- (2013) Adolescent Health and High School Dropout: A Prospective Cohort Study of 9000 Norwegian Adolescents (The Young-HUNT). PLoS ONE. volum 8 (9).
- (2013) Social and spatial patterns of obesity diffusion over three decades in a Norwegian county population: the HUNT Study. BMC Public Health. volum 13 (1).
- (2013) Medical benefits in young Norwegians and their parents, and the contribution of family health and socioeconomic status. The HUNT Study, Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. volum 41 (5).
- (2013) Socio-economic inequalities in Norwegian health care utilization over 3 decades: the HUNT Study. European Journal of Public Health.
- (2012) School dropout: a major public health challenge: a 10-year prospective study on medical and non-medical social insurance benefits in young adulthood, the Young-HUNT 1 Study (Norway). Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. volum 66 (11).
- (2012) Adolescent health is associated with high school dropout, independent of parental socioeconomic status: a prospective population study, The Young-HUNT 1 study (Norway). European Journal of Public Health. volum 22.
- (2012) Education-based health inequalities in 18,000 Norwegian couples: The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study. BMC Public Health. volum 12.
- (2012) Educational inequalities in disability pensioning - the impact of illness and occupational, psychosocial, and behavioural factors: The Nord-Trondelag Health Study (HUNT). Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. volum 40 (2).
- (2012) Estimating work-related amputations in the Norwegian manufacturing sector: a 10-year retrospective study based on two-source capture-recapture method. International journal of occupational and environmental health. volum 18 (4).
- (2012) Work-related upper-extremity amputations in Norway. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. volum 55 (3).
- (2012) Educational inequalities in utilisation of health care services from 1984-2008 in Norway. European Journal of Public Health. volum 22.
- (2012) Socioeconomic inequalities in dental services utilisation in a Norwegian county: The third Nord-Trondelag Health Survey. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. volum 40 (7).
- (2012) Socioeconomic inequalities in health care utilisation in Norway: the population-based HUNT3 survey. International Journal for Equity in Health. volum 11.
- (2012) 755 000 nordmenn bruker blodtrykksmedisin - firedobling siden 1975. Intervju ved Hilde Marie Tvedten. Dagbladet.
- (2012) Clinical inertia or collective resistance? General practitioners seem reluctant to follow guidelines for primary cardiovascular prevention. WONCA News : an international forum for family doctors. volum 38 (3).
- (2012) Engster seg til sykefravær. Ny undersøkelse om gravides sykefravær. Intervju ved Shazia Sarwar. VG : Verdens gang.
- (2012) Even Norway's medical elite can only dream of our doc's whopping wages. Intervju (med Ivar Skjåk Norum) i irsk avis. Independent.ie.
- (2012) Felles skolemåltid - igjen. Adresseavisen.
- (2012) Frykter et todelt helsevesen. Intervju om veksten i behandlingsforsikringer, ved June Westerveld. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).