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
- (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) Internal barriers to efficiency: Why disinvestments are so difficult. Identifying and addressing internal barriers to disinvestment of health technologies. Health Economics, Policy and Law.
- (2021) Vagueness in Medicine: On Disciplinary Indistinctness, Fuzzy Phenomena, Vague Concepts, Uncertain Knowledge, and Fact-Value-Interaction. Axiomathes.
- (2021) Overdiagnosis: one concept, three perspectives, and a model. European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE).
- (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).
- (2020) Helsetjenestens irrasjonelle håndtering av målrasjonelle midler (som teknologi). Helsetjenesteforskningskonferansen 2020 Oslo, 10.–11. mars.
- (2020) The death of dignity is greatly exaggerated: Reflections 15 years after the declaration of dignity as a useless concept. Bioethics. vol. 34 (6).
- (2020) The first casualty of an epidemic is evidence. Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice. vol. 26.
- (2020) Biases distorting priority setting. Health Policy. vol. 124 (1).
- (2020) Research Integrity Among PhD Students at the Faculty of Medicine: A Comparison of Three Scandinavian Universities. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. vol. 15 (4).
- (2020) What makes some diseases more typical than others? A survey on the impact of disease characteristics and professional background on disease typicality. INQUIRY (INQ). vol. 57.
- (2020) Core competencies for ethics experts in health technology assessment. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. vol. 36 (6).
- (2020) Rethinking patient involvement in healthcare priority setting. Bioethics. vol. 34 (4).
- (2020) Back to WHAT? The role of research ethics in pandemic times. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy.
- (2019) Back to Basics: Overdiagnosis Is About Unwarranted Diagnosis. American Journal of Epidemiology. vol. 188 (10).
- (2019) Biases and imperatives in handling medical technology. Health Policy and Technology. vol. 8 (4).