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Stefán Hjörleifsson

Associate Professor
  • E-mailStefan.Hjorleifsson@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 60 90+47 454 67 033
  • Visitor Address
    Institutt for global helse og samfunnsmedisin
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Overdiagnosis and overmedicalization, medical ethics and clinical communication, disease as a product of biology, culture and (loss of) meaning, intercultural issues in the medical encounter.

Ethics of biomedical research, clinical ethics, communication and consultation skills, psychiatry in general practice, gastroenterology in general practice.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Trends in treatment for patients with depression in general practice in Norway, 2009–2015: nationwide registry-based cohort study (The Norwegian GP-DEP Study). BMC Health Services Research.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Shame in medical clerkship: “You just feel like dirt under someone’s shoe”. Perspectives on Medical Education (PME). 265-271.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Komplekse problemstillinger – allmennlegens ekspertområde. Michael. 17-39.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Digital Consumer Health: Negotiating Multiple Voices in the Clinical Consultation. Professions and Professionalism.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The when and how of the gynaecological examination: a survey among Norwegian general practitioners. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 264-270.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Patient-reported depression treatment and future treatment preferences: an observational study in general practice. Family Practice. 771-777.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Dilemmas of medical overuse in general practice?A focus group study. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 135-140.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Trustingly bewildered. How first-year medical students make sense of their learning experience in a traditional, preclinical curriculum. Medical Education Online. 1-9.
  • Show author(s) (2017). General practitioners' strategies in consultations with immigrants in Norway - practice-based shared reflections among participants in focus groups. Family Practice. 216-221.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Residents’ perceptions of their own sadness - a qualitative study in Norwegian nursing homes. BMC Geriatrics. 1-7.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Prevalence of depression among recently admitted long-term care patients in Norwegian nursing homes: Associations with diagnostic workup and use of antidepressants. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. 154-162.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Immigrant and native regular general practitioners in Norway. A comparative registry-based observational study. European Journal of General Practice. 93-99.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Impact of divorce and loss of parental contact on health complaints among adolescents. Journal of Public Health (Berlin). 278-285.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Treatment decisions on antidepressants in nursing homes: A qualitative study. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. 252-256.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Immigrant general practitioners in Norway: A special resource? A qualitative study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 239-244.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Decoding the genetics debate: hype and hope in Icelandic news media in 2000 and 2004. New genetics and society (Print). 377-394.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Geneticization and bioethics: advancing debate and research. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy. 417-431.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Scientific rationality, uncertainty and the governance of human genetics: an interview study with researchers at deCODE genetics. European Journal of Human Genetics.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Health as a genetic planning project: Enthusiasm and second thoughts among biomedical researchers and their research subjects. Genomics, Society and Policy. 52-65.
  • Show author(s) (2000). Legen - den enøyde samaritan? Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1207-1209.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Key Writings in General Practice: The Core of a Discipline and Formation of its Practitioners.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2021). Promoting sustainable work participation for workers with depression through improved collaboration in depression care: a focus group study.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Time trends in GPs’ provision of depression care during 2008-2016.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The non-linear relationship between evidence and practice – with homebirth as an emotionally charged case.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Self-reported depression in patients visiting their general practitioner.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Overdiagnosis in general practice: How can it be limited?
  • Show author(s) (2017). General practitioners’ gender and the gynecological examination - A survey among GPs in Western Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Trustingly bewildered. First-year medical students’ reflections on the ideals of medicine and the realities of medical school.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Pelvic examination in general practice. A survey from Western Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Biobanks as National Constructs - Iceland and Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Sjúkdómsvæðing - Inngangur.
  • Show author(s) (2002). When more is worse - Medical expansion as a threat to health.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Siðfræði og heilbrigðisþjónusta [Etikk og helsetjenester].
  • Show author(s) (2002). How genetics alters the course of history.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Gode hensikter, utilsiktede følger?
  • Show author(s) (2002). Gode hensikter, utilsiktede følger?
  • Show author(s) (2002). Forskning og samfunn, om utilsiktede følger av medisinsk forskning.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Erfðafræði og samfélag [Genetikk og samfunn].
  • Show author(s) (2020). Kan vi gjøre klokere valg? Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) (2019). Fastlegegarantien. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Svangerskapsomsorgen må være kunnskapsbasert. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 799-799.
Non-fiction book
  • Show author(s) (2017). God praksis. Om medisin og etikk. Fagbokforlaget.
  • Show author(s) (2017). God praksis – om medisin og etikk. Fagbokforlaget.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2002). Risikokunnskap - ein helserisiko. UiB-magasinet : nytt fra Universitetet i Bergen.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2016). Overdiagnostikk – norske allmennleger viser vei :. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1903-1905.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2018). Mismanagement in General Practice. 30 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Hvert er framlag siðfræðinnar til heilbrigðis og læknavísinda? 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Challenging population screening. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Working with complexity is a core generalist competence – Obesity as a case. Symposium at the 21st Nordic Congress of general Practice, Aalborg 17-20 June 2019. 21st Nordic Congress of General Practice 17-20 June 2019, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Show author(s) (2019). From Theory to practice: Complexity science in Daily Practice. Workshop, Nordic Congress of General Practice, Aalborg 17-20 June 2019. Abstracts Nordic Congress of General Practice 2019.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Good doctoring: Core writings as an antidote to „too much medicine . BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. A3.
  • Show author(s) (2021). General Practice and the marginalization of young adults with depression who fall out of education and employment: A case study .
  • Show author(s) (2019). Patient-reported treatment preferences in case of future depression .
  • Show author(s) (2016). Sadness as perceived by nursing home patients.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Promoting health in Healthy Living Centers – does it work, how does it work, and why? A study protocol.
  • Show author(s) (2003). How genetics changes the course of history.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2016). The person in a state of sickness: the doctor-patient relationship reconsidered. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 209-218.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Selected publications related to current research

Diaz, Esperanza; Raza, Ali; Sandvik, Hogne; Hjørleifsson, Stefan.
Immigrant and native regular general practitioners in Norway. A comparative registry-based observational study. European Journal of General Practice 2013 ;Volum 19.

Diaz, Esperanza; Hjørleifsson, Stefan.
Immigrant general practitioners in Norway: A special resource? A qualitative study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2011 ;Volum 39.(3) s. 239-244

Iden, Kristina Riis; Engedal, Knut Arne; Hjørleifsson, Stefan; Ruths, Sabine.
Prevalence of Depression among Recently Admitted Long-Term Care Patients in Norwegian Nursing Homes: Associations with Diagnostic Workup and Use of Antidepressants.. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders 2013 ;Volum 37.(3-4) s. 154-162

Iden, Kristina Riis; Hjørleifsson, Stefan; Ruths, Sabine.
Treatment decisions on antidepressants in nursing homes: A qualitative study. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2011 ;Volum 29.(4) s. 252-25

Hjørleifsson, Stefan.
Challenging population screening. I: Public Health - ethical issues. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers 2011 ISBN 978-92-893-2234-8. s. 47-60


2014 Supervisor (trainer) in general practice.

2011 Specialist GP.

2008 Dr med, thesis: Genetics, risk and medicalization
A case study of preventive genetic technologies in Iceland.

1999 Cand med.

1992 BA in philosophy.


Fields of competence