John Roger Andersen

Field of work

John R. Andersen, R.N., PhD, is Professor in Nursing Science at Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. He also holds a position as a researcher at Førde Hospital Trust.

Andersen studied nursing at Sogn og Fjordane Nursing School, before obtaining a Master and Doctorate in Nursing Science from the University of Bergen, Faculty of Medicine.

Andersen has focused much of his work over the last 20 years using both questionnaires, wearables and biochemical approaches, to study predictors of coping, health and quality of life. 

Major perspectives in Andersen’s research is a strong emphasis on the value of self-reported outcomes, embraching the complexity of life while striving for simplicity in practical work.  "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" (AE). 

Andersen is leading several clinical innovation programs together with experienced health-professionals, searching for novel ways of providing effective health care along with strong patient agency. Andersen also teaches at bachelor, master and PhD courses, and tutor PhD students.

Although Andersen has a broad research profile, many of his publications has been on long-term outcomes after surgery for severe obesity. A major source of data has been the  "Førde Hospital Obesity Study", a cohort that includes nearly 1000 persons who have undergone bariatric surgery at Førde Central Hospital since 2003. The database is one of world’s most complete and comprehensive sources of knowledge on the long-term effects of bariatric surgery. 


Courses taught

  • Bachlor in nursing
  • Master in Cooperation and Public health
  • PhD Programme in Health, Function and Participation

Research areas

  • Obesity
  • Patient reported outcomes and quality of life
  • Clinical feedback systems in health care
  • Physical activity, nurition and health
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Hygiene & hand disinfection
  • Coping with cronic diseases (LUTS, living with ostomy etc.).
  • Public health and complexity
  • Psychometrics

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