Sabine Ruths

Sabine Ruths

Research Professor
Phone: +47 55 58 61 29
Office Address: Årstadveien 19, 4. etg, 5009 Bergen, Norway


  • Family practice
  • Nursing home medicine
  • Health services research
  • Large registry studies
  • Pharmacoepidemiology

Sabine Ruths is senior researcher at the Research unit for general practice in Bergen. She also holds a 50% position as professor in general practice at the Department of global public health and primary care, University of Bergen. She was head of the Research Unit for General Practice in the period 2016-2018.

She graduated with a medical degree from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 1983. After several years as resident in surgery, internal medicine and gynecology at Medical Center Leeuwarden and as research fellow at University of Amsterdam she moved to Norway in 1988. She was working as general practitioner and nursing home doctor in Rosendal, Øystese, Bergen and Os (1990-2015). She acquired clinical specialty in family medicine in 2006.

In 2004 she defended her PhD thesis “Prescribing quality in nursing homes - The Bergen district nursing home (BEDNURS) study”. She has been holding scientific positions at the University of Bergen from 2005 and at the Research unit for general practice from 2006.

Her research includes empirical projects among older people in general practice and nursing home (drug therapy, hip fractures, depression, and end-of-life care) and health services research (Horizon2020 EU-project "SELFIE" on integrated chronic care for multimorbidity, Municipal emergency care units, and Health care and work participation in depression). Several of her projects include data from national health registers.

Ruths has been engaged in research training through the National research school for general practice, and in collaboration between research institutions and municipal health care.