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Stefán Hjörleifsson

Senior Researcher

+47 56 10 76 51
Årstadveien 17, 4. etg, 5009 Bergen, Norway


  • Medicalisation and overdiagnosis
  • Medical ethics and theory of science
  • Qualitative research methods

Stefán Hjörleifsson graduated as a medical doctor in 1998. He has worked in general practice since 2001 and he finished his training as a general practitioner in 2011. He holds a bachelor degree in philosophy and is certified trainer in general practice. Hjörleifsson’s doctoral thesis from 2008 has the title Genetics, risk and medicalisation – A case study of preventive genetic technologies in Iceland. Hjörleifsson has been associate professor in general practice at the University of Bergen since 2008 and board member of the Norwegian College of General Practice since 2016. Hjörleifsson is member of the steering committee for the Norwegian Choosing Wisely campaign.

Hjörleifsson is honorary researcher at the University of Warwick. While visiting scholar in Warwick in 2015-2016 he wrote a textbook combining medical ethics, communication and medical theory that was published in 2017 with the title God praksis – Om medisin og etikk (Good practitioners – on medicine and ethics).

Since 2016, Hjörleifsson has been employed as researcher at the Research unit for general practice and scientific coordinator at the Norwegian research school for general practice. He currently supervises projects on depression in general practice, medically unexplained symptoms, overdiagnosis and supervision in general practice training, and in 2018 he has contributed to two grant proposals in the field of depression in general practice.

Stefán Hjörleifsson


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Besinnelse for bærekraft – Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening 2023
Bruk av tolk blant fastleger på Vestlandet – Utposten 2022
Discovering strengths in patients with medically unexplained symptoms–a focus group study with general practitioners – Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2022
Har fastlegeordningen egentlig noen fremtid? – Dagens medisin 2022
Patient experiences with depression care in general practice: a qualitative questionnaire study – Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2022
Conditions for gatekeeping when GPs consider patient requests unreasonable: a focus group study – Family Practice 2022
Shame in medical clerkship: “You just feel like dirt under someone’s shoe” – Perspectives on Medical Education (PME) 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 2021
Digital Consumer Health: Negotiating Multiple Voices in the Clinical Consultation – Professions and Professionalism 2021
Komplekse problemstillinger – allmennlegens ekspertområde – Michael 2021
The when and how of the gynaecological examination: a survey among Norwegian general practitioners – Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2019
Patient-reported depression treatment and future treatment preferences: an observational study in general practice – Family Practice 2019
Dilemmas of medical overuse in general practice?A focus group study – Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2019
Trustingly bewildered. How first-year medical students make sense of their learning experience in a traditional, preclinical curriculum – Medical Education Online 2018
Mismanagement in General Practice – 2018
General practitioners' strategies in consultations with immigrants in Norway - practice-based shared reflections among participants in focus groups – Family Practice 2017
God praksis – om medisin og etikk – Fagbokforlaget 2017
God praksis. Om medisin og etikk – Fagbokforlaget 2017
Overdiagnostikk – norske allmennleger viser vei : – Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening 2016
The person in a state of sickness: the doctor-patient relationship reconsidered – Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2016
Residents’ perceptions of their own sadness - a qualitative study in Norwegian nursing homes – BMC Geriatrics 2015
Immigrant and native regular general practitioners in Norway. A comparative registry-based observational study – European Journal of General Practice 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 2014
Impact of divorce and loss of parental contact on health complaints among adolescents – Journal of Public Health (Berlin) 2013
Challenging population screening – 2011
Treatment decisions on antidepressants in nursing homes: A qualitative study – Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2011
Immigrant general practitioners in Norway: A special resource? A qualitative study – Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2011
Decoding the genetics debate: hype and hope in Icelandic news media in 2000 and 2004 – New genetics and society (Print) 2008
Geneticization and bioethics: advancing debate and research – Medicine, Health care and Philosophy 2007
Scientific rationality, uncertainty and the governance of human genetics: an interview study with researchers at deCODE genetics – European Journal of Human Genetics 2006
Health as a genetic planning project: Enthusiasm and second thoughts among biomedical researchers and their research subjects – Genomics, Society and Policy 2005
Risikokunnskap - ein helserisiko – UiB-magasinet : nytt fra Universitetet i Bergen 2002
Legen - den enøyde samaritan? – Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening 2000
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