Bjørn Morten Hofmann
Background and activities
Bjørn Hofmann, MSc, PhD
Bjørn Hofmann is a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Gjøvik and an adjunct professor at the Centre for medical ethics at the University of Oslo. He holds a PhD in philosophy of medicine and is trained both in the natural sciences and in the humanities.
His main research interests are philosophy of medicine, philosophy of science, technology assessment, health services research and bioethics.
Hofmann teaches ethics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of medicine, at the levels Ba, Ma, and PhD.
He has been a researcher at The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (2002-13) and a Harkness fellow (Commonwealth Fund) at the Dartmouth College (2014-15). Publications and citations.
Hofmann has participated on a range of national and international research projects. The most recent are:
- Principal Investigator (PI) for research project Improving Radiological Services IROS From low-value care to effective high-value services 2020-2023 funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
- Partner and work package leader in Embedding a comprehensive ethical dimension to organoïd-based research and resulting technologies HYBRIDA, Science with and for Society – EU’s Horizon 2020 program, 2021-2024.
- Partner in Responsible Open Science in Europe (ROSiE), Science with and for Society – EU’s Horizon 2020 program, 2021-2024.
- Partner in Values in doing assessments of healthcare technologies (VALIDATE), Erasmus+ project, Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices Strategic Partnerships in the field of Higher Education, Call: 2018. Members from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Norway, 2018-2021.
- Partner in EU-funded project: Virtue based ethics and Integrity of Research: Train-the-Trainer program for Upholding the principles and practices of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (VIRT2UE), H2020-SwafS-27-2017, 2018-2021.
- Partner in EU-funded project: Mapping Normative Frameworks for EThics and Integrity of Research, Project 741782 (enTIRE), SwafS-16-2016 Mapping the Ethics and Research Integrity Normative Framework, 2017-2021. https://embassy.science/wiki/Main_Page
- Partner in research project "Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement" Czech-Norwegian Research Programme (CZ09), 2014-2016.
- Partner of EU-funded project: Integrated health technology assessment for evaluating complex technologies, (FP7-HEALTH-2012-INNOVATION-1), 01.01.2013-31.12.2015. Partners are University of Bremen, University of Sheffield, Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich, University of Oslo, ECORYS and Stichting University of the Netherlands, and University Del Sacro Cuore in Italy. http://www.integrate-hta.eu/
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2022) Reducing low‑value radiological services in Norway –a qualitative multi‑professional study on measures and facilitators for change. BMC Health Services Research.
- (2022) On the person in personal health responsibility. BMC Medical Ethics. vol. 23.
- (2022) Characterizing and quantifying low-value diagnostic imaging internationally: a scoping review. BMC Medical Imaging. vol. 22:73.
- (2022) How precision medicine changes medical epistemology: A formative case from Norway. Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice.
- (2021) Impact on radiological practice of active guideline implementation of Musculoskeletal guideline, as measured over a 12-month period. Acta Radiologica Open. vol. 10 (3).
- (2021) How to Draw the Line Between Health and Disease? Start with Suffering. Health Care Analysis. vol. 29 (2).
- (2021) Acknowledging and addressing the many ethical aspects of disease. Patient Education and Counseling.
- (2021) Internal barriers to efficiency: Why disinvestments are so difficult. Identifying and addressing internal barriers to disinvestment of health technologies. Health Economics, Policy and Law. vol. 16.
- (2021) The role of philosophy and ethics at the edges of medicine. Philosophy Ethics and Humanities in Medicine. vol. 16.
- (2021) Vagueness in Medicine: On Disciplinary Indistinctness, Fuzzy Phenomena, Vague Concepts, Uncertain Knowledge, and Fact-Value-Interaction. Axiomathes.
- (2021) Visualizing the Invisible: InvisibleWaste in Diagnostic Imaging. Healthcare. vol. 9 (12).
- (2021) What can we learn from the SARS-COV-2 pandemic about the value of specific radiological examinations?. BMC Health Services Research. vol. 21 (1).
- (2021) Overdiagnosis: one concept, three perspectives, and a model. European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE). vol. 36.
- (2021) Interventions to reduce low-value imaging – a systematic review of interventions and outcomes. BMC Health Services Research. vol. 21 (1).
- (2021) Dediagnosing – a novel framework for making people less ill. European journal of internal medicine. vol. 95.
- (2021) Survey on the Research Misconduct and Questionable Research Practices of Medical Students, PhD Students, and Supervisors at the Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.
- (2020) Avoiding hypersensitive reluctance to address parental responsibility in childhood obesity. Journal of Medical Ethics.
- (2020) Health care personnel’s perception of guideline implementation for musculoskeletal imaging: a process evaluation. BMC Health Services Research.
- (2020) Devaluation of persons by biotechnology-facilitated practices at the beginning and at the end of life. Journal of Medical Ethics. vol. 46 (8).
- (2020) Får kvinner nok informasjon til å ta informerte valg ved mammografiscreening?. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. vol. 140 (3).