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Associate Professor
Karlsen, Bjørg { "honorific-suffix": "Associate Professor", "fn": "Karlsen, Bjørg", "tel": "Telephone: +47 5183 4168", "email": "" }

Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Department Faculty of Health Sciences
Room KA A-242

Courses taught

Research areas

Present research activities and fields of interest:

Coping with diabetes, coping with chronic disease, motivation for diabetes self-management, psychosocial aspects of living with chronic disease, patient-centered counseling.

Selected publications

Selected publications:


Peer-reviewed publications:


Morken, I. M., Norekvål, T.M., Isaksen, K., Munk, P.S., Karlsen, B. &

Larsen, A.I (2012). Increased confidence to engage in physical exertion:

older ICD recipients? experiences of participating in an exercise training

program. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Online publ. DOI:



Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2011).Readjusting one?s life in

the   tension inherent in work and motherhood. Journal of Advanced

Nursing, 67, (10), 2151-2160.


Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2011). Maternity care

professionals? perceptions of supporting employed women in Norway.

Nursing and Health Sciences, 13, 316-322.


Karlsen, B., Bru, E.  & Oftedal, B. (2011). The relationship between

clinical indicators, coping styles,  perceived support and diabetes-related

emotional distress among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of

Advanced Nursing.  Online publ. Doi.10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05751.x


Oftedal, B., Karlsen, B. & Bru, E. (2011).  Motivation for diet and exercise management among adults with type 2 diabetes. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Science.  Online publ. Doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2011.00884.x


Oftedal, B., Bru, E. & Karlsen, B. (2011). Social support as a motivator of

self-management among  adults with type 2 diabetesJournal of Nursing

and Healthcare of Chronic Illness, 3: 12 - 22.


Graue, M., Haugstvedt, S., Wentzel-Larsen, T. Iversen, M.M., Karlsen, B.

and Rokne, B. Diabetes-reltaed emotional distress in adults: Reliability and

validity of the Norwegian versions of the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale

(PAID) and the Diabetes Distress Scale (DDS). International Journal of

Nursing  Studies. Online publ. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.08.007.


Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2010) Obtaining confirmation through social relationships ? Norwegian first-time mothers. Nursing and Health Sciences, 12: 113-118.


Oftedal B; Karlsen B; Bru E. (2010) Perceived support from healthcare practitioners among adults with type 2 diabetes,  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66 1500-9.


Alstveit, M., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2010). Living on the edge of

being overstretched ? A Norwegian qualitative study of employed pregnant

women. Health Care for Women International, 31: 533-551.


Oftedal, B. Karlsen, B.  & Bru, E. (2010). Life values and self-regulation

behaviours among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Nursing,

19: 2548-2556.


Oftedal, B., Karlsen, B. & Bru, E. (2010). Perceived support from

healthcare practitioners among adults with type 2 diabetes. Journal of

Advanced Nursing, 66:1500-1509.


Morken, I., Severinsson, E. & Karlsen, B. (2009).  "Reconstructing

unpredictability: Experiences of living with an Implantable Cardioverter

Defibrillator over time". Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19: 537 ? 546.


Karlsen, B. (2005). Pasientopplæring, egenansvar, livskvalitet og

metabolsk kontroll hos personer med diabetes. Norsk Tidsskrift for

sykepleieforskning, 7: 18 ? 29.


Karlsen, B., Idsoe, T., Dirdal, I., Hanestad, B.R. & Bru, E. (2004). Effects

of a group-based counselling programme on diabetes related stress,

coping, psychological well-being and metabolic control in adults

with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Patient Education and Counseling, 53: 299-



Karlsen, B., Idsoe, T., Hanestad, B.R., Murberg, T. & Bru, E. (2004).

Perceptions of support, diabetesrelated coping and psychological well

-being in adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Psychology, Health &

Medicine, 9: 53-70.


Karlsen B, Bru E. (2002).  Coping styles among adults with Type I and Type II diabetes. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 7: 245 ? 259.


Karlsen B, Bru E, Hanestad BR. (2002). Self-reported psychological well-being and disease-related strains among adults with diabetes. Psychology and Health, 17: 459 ? 473.


Karlsen, B. (1997). Hospital Nurses? Perceptions of Patient Teaching.

Scand J Caring Sci, 11: 97-103.



International conference proceedings

Karlsen, B., Oftedal, B. & Bru, E. (2009). Conflicts between personal self

-regulating goals and life values among adults with type 2 diabetes.

Abstract book: IDF: 20th world diabetes congress, Montreal, 18-22

October: 271.


Oftedal, B. & Karlsen, B. (2008). Motivation for self-regulation in adults with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. Supplement 2; 3: 27.


Karlsen, B., Bru, E., & Dirdal, I. (2003). Effects of a group-based 

counselling programme on diabetes-related stress, coping, psychological

well-being and metabolic control in adults with Type 1 and Type

diabetes. Diabetes metabolism (poster displays). 18th International

Diabetes Federation Congress. Paris, 24 ? 29 August: pp 4S369.


Karlsen, B. (2001). Perceived social support and diabetes-related coping

 styles among adults with  diabetes. Abstract Book ?Health Psychology

2001. Changing Behaviour: Health and Healthcare?. 15th

Conference of the European Health Psychology Society. St. Andrews,

Scotland, Sept. 5th ? 8th: pp 113.


Karlsen B. & Bru E. (2000). Coping among adults with Type I and Type II

diabetes. Abstract Book ?Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice?. 17th

International Diabetes Federation Congress. Mexico

City, nov. 5 ? 10: pp S231.


Karlsen B. (2000) Coping with diabetes. Book of Abstract ?Challenges for

Nurses in the 21st Century: Health Promotion, Prevention and

Intervention?. 10th Biennial Conference of the Workgroup of European

Nurse Researchers, Reykjavik, 25 ? 27 May: pp 12.



Other professional publications

Karlsen, B. (2004). Coping with diabetes. A study of factors influencing

psychological well-being and coping in adults with diabetes. Doctoral

thesis. Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care,

Section of Nursing Science, University of Bergen, Norway.


Karlsen, B. (2011).  Den individuelle veiledningssamtalen ? nøkkel til

bedret mestring? I A. Skafjeld og M. Graue (red.) Diabetes ? forebygging,

oppfølging og behandling. Oslo: Akribe Forlag. (In Norwegian).


Karlsen B. (2007). Gruppebasert veiledning for å fremme veiledning av

diabetes. I E. Gjengedal og B.  R. Hanestad (red.), Å leve med kronisk

sykdom. En varig kursendring (s. 315 ? 330). Oslo: Cappelen

Akademiske Forlag. (In Norwegian).


Current research

Previous experience in directing research:

2006 - 2014       Director of the research project, ?Motivation for self-regulation among adults with type 2 diabetes?. The project has received research grants from the Norwegian Diabetes Association.

Work experience

Present position: Associate Professor in Nursing Science