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Department of Public Health and General Practice Norwegian University of Science and Technology Postboks 8905 7401 Trondheim

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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).



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