Background and activities
Professor in Behavioural Sciences in Medicine (keywords: Bio-Psycho-Social medicine, Clinical communication), at the Department of Public Health and Nursing at NTNU, Researcher at the Research Unit for Generel Practice. Affiliated with the National Research School of General Practice NAFALM.
I have extensive clinical background from general practice, psychiatry and occupational medicine in Norway and Iceland.
I have supervised four phd theses and currently supervise three;
Supervised GP and now postoc at UiO Henrik Vogt, Phd: Systems medicine as a theoretical framework for general practice: A critical review, 2017.
Supervised GP and lecturer at University of Iceland Margret Olafia Tomasdottir, Phd: Multimorbidity in the Norwegian HUNT population: An epidemiological study with reference to the concept allostatic load, 2017.
Supervised GP ans researcher Halfdan Petursson, Phd: The validity and relevance of international cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines for general practice, 2012.
Co-supervisor for GP and Associate professor Bente P. Mjølstad, Phd: Knowing patients as persons: a theory-driven, qualitative study of the relevance of person-related knowledge in primary health care, 2015.
Currently supervisong av Phd on Early Palliation in Primary Care (GP Cheneso Moumakwa) and a Phd on Life experiences and health - a Professional concern (GP Marianne Rønneberg). Co-supervisor for a Project on Use of interpreters in Primary care by Silje Ohren Strand.
Professional development contributions
I have academically supported The Norwegian College of Generel Practitioners, The Scandinavian Federation for General Practice and later WONCA Europe in developing Policy documents and Positions papers on Preventive medicine and Preventing Overdiagnosis
I lead our medical factulty's Teaching Unit in General Practice; teaching general practice and behavioral sciences in medicine, with emphasis on the clinical encounter in primary care, bio-psych-social reasoning, communication, professionalism, medicalization, overdiagnosis, sustainability. At the Norwegian Research School for Generel Practice, I run the Ph.d. course Key writings in General Practice.
Born and educated in Norway, resident in Iceland 1996-2013. Moved back to Trondheim and NTNU 2014. As a young doctor, I started out in Norwegian general practice where I became involved in ideology development and research. In Iceland, I worked with psychiatry and occupational medicine, whilst continuing to cooperate with Norwegian GP colleagues. My Ph.D. thesis “Sustainable and responsible preventive medicine” (2006) focuses on ethical dilemmas related to implementation of preventive, clinical guidelines. Since 2014, I have been a full-time professor at NTNU in Norway. I am married to prof. emeritus in Family medicine Johann Ag. Sigurdsson, University of Iceland and NTNU.
The Norwegian Marie Spångberg prize for "best original paper autghored by a female medical researcher" in 2005.
The Nordic General Practice Research Prize in 2011.
Keynote lectures and Lectures on You Tube
Throughout the years, I have given a number og keynote lectures or lectures by invitation in Norway, the Nordic countries and beyond.
Examples that have been video recorded are Keynote at the BMJ initiated conference Preventing Overdiagnosis, Oxford (2014): On Crisis, Hubris and the Future of Medicalisation (Or: You ain't seen nothing yet)
Guest lecture together with prof Bruce McEwen at Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Radcliffe- Harvard (2016):Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRy_uUWyrEw
In 2016, we organized a seminar on the future of Bio-Psycho-Social Medicine, where I contributed an Interview with prof. Anna Luise Kirkengen,
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
- (2018) Use of pregnancy ultrasound before the 19th week scan: an analytical study based on the Icelandic Childbirth and Health Cohort. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. vol. 18 (512).
- (2018) Good doctoring: Core writings as an antidote to „too much medicine. BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. vol. 23.
- (2017) Transforming Healthcare to be Human. In special issue by Hodgson A & Leicester G (ed). Second-Order Science and Policy. World Futures : Journal of General Evolution.
- (2016) Origins of heath inequalities: the case for allostatic Load. Longitudinal and life course studies. vol. 7 (1).
- (2016) "Informed choice" in a time of too much medicine-no panacea for ethical difficulties. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL. vol. 353 (i2230).
- (2016) Medicine`s perception of reality - a split picture: critical reflections on apparent anomalies within the biomedical theory of science. Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice. vol. 22 (4).
- (2016) Are persons with fibromyalgia or other musculoskeletal pain more likely to report hearing loss? A HUNT study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. vol. 17 (477).
- (2016) History of violence and subjective health of mother and child. From The Childbirth and Health Cohort Study in Primary Care, Iceland. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. vol. 34 (4).
- (2016) Does existential unease' predict adult multimorbidity? Analytical cohort study on embodiment based on the Norwegian HUNT population. BMJ Open. vol. 6:e011602 (11).
- (2016) Tilvistarvandi og streituvaldandi umhverfi sem mögulegur forspárþáttur fyrir fjölveikindi fullorðinna. Vísindaþing heimilislækna Reykjavík 7.- 8. október 2016, Reykjavik.
- (2016) Fastlegers prosedyrekompetanse - en dårlig utnyttet ressurs? (publikasjon fra AFU prosjekt). Utposten.
- (2016) Personalized medicine: evidence of normativity in its quantitative definition of health. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. vol. 37 (5).
- (2016) The new holism: P4 systems medicine and the medicalization of health and life itself. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. vol. 19 (2).
- (2015) Personalized medicine meets general practice – a SWOT analysis. Gothenburg 16th-18th of June 2015, 19th Nordic Congress og General Practice. Programme and Abstracts.
- (2015) Beträttelsarnas betydelse för sjukdom och hälsa. Narrativ medicin i den allmännmedicinske praktiken - Del 1. Allmännmedicin.
- (2015) Narrativ Medicin i den allmännmedicinske praktiken - del 2. Allmännmedicin.
- (2015) Self Reported Childhood Difficulties, Adult Multimorbidity and Allostatic Load. A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Norwegian HUNT Study. PLoS ONE. vol. 10 (6).
- (2014) On Crisis Hybris and the Future of Medicalisation. Abstraktbok Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference 2014.
- (2014) Can person-free medical knowledge inform person-centered medical practice?. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. vol. 2 (1).
- (2014) Predictive risk algorithms as a driver of overdiagnosis - current status and what next?. Preventing Overdiagnosis - Conference abstracts.