• E-mailElisabeth.Flo@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 88 85+47 930 46 492
  • Visitor Address
    Christiesgt. 12
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7807
    5020 BERGEN

Elisabeth Flo-Groeneboom is a psychologist and professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen (UiB). She took a PhD in sleep and worked at the Center for Geriatric and Nursing Home Medicine at UiB during the postdoctoral period. Today, her research and teatching focus is on non-pharmacological interventions, sleep, life course, and functioning in the elderly and people with dementia.

Current research is of a translational nature with a clinical applied focus, from experiments in the light lab to implementing multicomponent interventions in large-scale Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT).

Flo-Groeneboom is the leader of the Human Light Lab, including 4 PhD students, 2 postdocs, and 2 professors.  

  • 2020. Ensomhet hjemme og i sykehjem. Fagbokforlaget.
Academic article
  • 2020. General practitioners' provision of end-of-life care and associations with dying at home: a registry-based longitudinal study. Family Practice. 340-347.
  • 2020. An Actigraphy-Based Validation Study of the Sleep Disorder Inventory in the Nursing Home. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 1-13.
  • 2019. The effect of a multicomponent intervention on quality of Life in residents of nursing homes: A randomized controlled trial (COSMOS). Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 330-339.
  • 2019. Psychosis symptoms in nursing home residents with and without dementia?Cross-sectional analyses from the COSMOS study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 683-691.
  • 2019. Implementing a novel strategy for interprofessional medication review using collegial mentoring and systematic clinical evaluation in nursing homes (COSMOS). BMC Geriatrics. 1-11.
  • 2019. Associations between home deaths and end-of-life nursing care trajectories for community-dwelling people: a population-based registry study. BMC Health Services Research. 1-9.
  • 2018. Tolerability of buprenorphine transdermal system in nursing home patients with advanced dementia: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial (DEP.PAIN.DEM). Clinical Interventions in Aging. 935-946.
  • 2018. Long-term pain treatment did not improve sleep in nursing home patients with comorbid dementia and depression: A 13-week randomized placebo-controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychology. 1-10.
  • 2018. Efficacy and Safety of Analgesic Treatment for Depression in People with Advanced Dementia: Randomised, Multicentre, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial (DEP.PAIN.DEM). Drugs & Aging. 545-558.
  • 2018. Effects of pain treatment on sleep in nursing home patients with dementia and depression: A multicenter placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 663-670.
  • 2018. Description of an advance care planning intervention in nursing homes: Outcomes of the process evaluation. BMC Geriatrics. 1-11.
  • 2018. Deprescribing antihypertensive treatment in nursing home patients and the effect on blood pressure. Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. 275-283.
  • 2018. Comparing unplanned and potentially planned home deaths: a population-based cross-sectional study. BMC Palliative Care. 1-11.
  • 2018. Advance Care Planning in Nursing Homes–Improving the Communication Among Patient, Family, and Staff: Results From a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (COSMOS). Frontiers in Psychology. 1-10.
  • 2017. High prevalence of insomnia and hypnotic use in patients visiting their general practitioner. Family Practice. 20-24.
  • 2017. Clinically significant discrepancies between sleep problems assessed by standard clinical tools and actigraphy. BMC Geriatrics. 1-8.
  • 2017. Associations between pain and depression in nursing home patients at different stages of dementia. Journal of Affective Disorders. 8-14.
  • 2016. The interactive relationship between pain, psychosis, and agitation in people with dementia: results from a cluster-randomised clinical trial. Behavioural Neurology. 1-8.
  • 2016. Staff distress improves by treating pain in nursing home patients with dementia: results from a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 795-805.
  • 2016. Multi-psychotropic drug prescription and the association to neuropsychiatric symptoms in three Norwegian nursing home cohorts between 2004 and 2011. BMC Geriatrics. 9 pages.
  • 2016. Identifying and managing pain in people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia: a aystematic review. CNS Drugs. 481-497.
  • 2016. A review of the implementation and research strategies of advance care planning in nursing homes. BMC Geriatrics.
  • 2015. Treating pain in dementia - are we good enough? Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. 303-304.
  • 2015. Lindrende behandling og omsorg ved livets slutt hos personer med demens. Omsorg: Nordisk tidsskrift for Palliativ Medisin. 84-89.
  • 2015. COSMOS-improving the quality of life in nursing home patients: Protocol for an effectiveness-implementation cluster randomized clinical hybrid trial. Implementation Science.
  • 2014. The importance of pain management in older people with dementia. British Medical Bulletin. 139-148.
  • 2014. Short rest periods between work shifts predict sleep and health problems in nurses at 1-year follow-up. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 555-561.
  • 2014. Prevalence and predictors of recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome in a routine clinical practice. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 1-8.
  • 2014. Predictors of shift work disorder among nurses: a longitudinal study. Sleep Medicine. 1449-1455.
  • 2014. Effective pain management in patients with dementia: benefits beyond pain? Drugs & Aging. 863-871.
  • 2013. Shift-related sleep problems vary according to work schedule. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 238-245.
  • 2013. Personality factors predict sleep-related shift work tolerance in different shifts at 2-year follow-up: a prospective study. BMJ Open.
  • 2013. Insomnia, excessive sleepiness, excessive fatigue, anxiety, depression and shift work disorder in nurses having less than 11 hours in-between shifts. PLOS ONE.
  • 2012. Shift work disorder in nurses - assessment, prevalence and related health problems. PLOS ONE. 9 pages.
  • 2012. A reliability and validity study of the Bergen shift work sleep questionnaire in nurses working three-shift rotations. Chronobiology International. 937-946.
  • 2011. Transient changes in frontal alpha asymmetry as a measure of emotional and physical distress during sleep. Brain Research. 234-249.
  • 2014. Søvn og smerter blant pasienter med demens.
Popular scientific lecture
  • 2015. The effect of pain and pain treatment on agitation and psychosis in nursing home patients suffering from dementia.
Academic lecture
  • 2019. DEM.LIGHT: Lysterapirom for betra søvn, døgnrytme, åtferd og humør hos sjukeheimspasientar med demens.
  • 2018. Placebo conditions and blinding in bright light therapy studies on dementia: A systematic review.
  • 2018. Few planned home deaths in Norway. A population-based cross-sectional study. (Oral session O6.2.1).
  • 2017. Effects of pain treatment on sleep in People With dementia and depression: a placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial.
  • 2015. Pain and sleep in persons with dementia.
  • 2013. Short rest periods of less than 11 hours between work shifts predict sleep and health problems in nurses at one year follow-up.
  • 2013. Shift-rotations with less than 11 hours rest periods predict shift work disorder, excessive sleepiness and pathological fatigue in nurses at one year follow-up.
  • 2011. Shift work disorder in nurses.
  • 2011. Shift work disorder - operationalization, prevalence and related health outcome in nurses.
Non-fiction book
  • 2019. Eldreboken. Fagbokforlaget.
Popular scientific article
  • 2013. Ulik forekomst av søvnlidelser mellom fylker og mellom by og land. SØVN. 22-25.
  • 2011. Nattarbeid gir helseproblemer. Sykepleien Forskning. 70-72.
Feature article
  • 2015. Kan jeg få dø hjemme? BT.
  • 2014. Døden flyttet inn på institusjon. Vårt land.
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2019. Sleep in Nursing Home Patients: Clinical Assessment and the Effects of Pain Treatment on Sleep.
  • 2013. Sleep and Health in Shift Working Nurses.
  • 2012. Skiftarbeid gir søvnproblemer.
  • 2016. Medication review based on clinical evaluation in nursing homes. The journal of Nursing Home Research.
  • 2015. La oss sove på det. Morgenbladet.
  • 2015. Advance care planning in norwegian nursing homes – study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.
  • 2012. Work-related sleep problems vary according to work schedule. Journal of Sleep Research. 274-274.
  • 2019. Pain, depression and their association with sleep in nursing home patients with advanced dementia .
  • 2019. ENLIGHT: effects of light on cognition in dementia.
  • 2018. Designing of diurnal light conditions for improved circadian rhythms in dementia - An intervention study.
  • 2016. Staff distress improves by treating pain in nursing home patients with dementia .
  • 2016. "Sleep in Nursing Home Patients: A Cross-sectional Study Using Actigraphic and Informant-observed Assessments of Sleep Disturbances" .
  • 2015. Psychosis and agitation and their interactive relationship to pain in people with dementia: results from a randomized clinical trial.
  • 2015. Multi-psychotropic drug prescription in nursing home patients with dementia.
  • 2015. Implementation of Advance Care Planning in Norwegian Nursing Homes An effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial .
  • 2015. Implementation of Advance Care Planning in Norwegian Nursing Homes .
  • 2015. Implementation and Research Strategies of Advance Care Planning in Nursing Homes. A Review of the Literature.
  • 2015. High prevalence of DSM-5/ICSD-3 insomnia, self-reported sleep problems, and hypnotic use in patients visiting their general practitioner.
  • 2015. Epidemiology of Home Death in Norway.
  • 2015. Daytime sleep and Activity - a Descriptive Study of Elderly Nursing Home Patients in Norway.
  • 2014. Insomnia and non-restorative sleep.
  • 2011. Systematic study of insomnia symptoms in relation to work schedule.
  • 2011. Bergen Shift Work Sleep Questionnaire: a new and comprehensive measurement of shift work related sleep disturbances.
  • 2010. Shift work disorder and its relation to reduced Health-related quality of life.
Academic literature review
  • 2020. Light interventions and sleep, circadian, behavioral, and psychological disturbances in dementia: A systematic review of methods and outcomes. 1-12.
  • 2017. The Liverpool Care Pathway: a systematic review discarded in cancer patients but good enough for dying nursing home patients. 1-13.
  • 2017. Opioid Prescription Use in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia. 8 pages.
  • 2016. Joint occurrence of pain and sleep disturbances in people with dementia. A systematic review. 539-545.
  • 2015. Søvn på sykehjem.
  • 2015. Sleep, circadian rhythms, and athletic performance. 1-9.
  • 2015. Kvalitet og kompetanse på sykehjem – behov for en standard for behandling og omsorg.
  • 2015. Aktiviteter på sykehjem - hva fungerer? 55-60.
Article in business/trade/industry journal
  • 2019. Lys som intervensjon for personer med demens. SØVN. 20-27.
  • 2014. Svingdørsturnus like uheldig som nattevakter. Dagens medisin.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

ENLIGHT Optimal light conditions for improved memory and mood

The ENLIGHT project investigates whether light therapy represents an effective way to improve the lives of people with dementia. The lack of studies on light as a non-pharmacological therapy including people with dementia makes this important for further theoretical and methodological development.


COSMOS (COmmunication, Systematic pain assessment and treatment, Medication review, Organization of activities, and Safety) is a practical intervention aimed to improve the quality of life in nursing home patients. The intervention combines the most effective research results to improve staff competence, and patients’ mental health, safety, quality of life and to reduce psychotropic drug use and costs. A total of 545 patients from 67 nursing home units from the eastern and western part of Norway were included.

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