Oddvar Førland

Field of work

Oddvar Førland is a professor of nursing, with specialization in sociology, social sciences and comparative healthcare and care services research. He is a nurse and a sociologist and is a researcher at Centre for Care Research, Western Norway, at Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Førland is the chief editor of the Journal for Care Research/Tidsskrift for omsorgsforskning (Scandinavian University Press).

Førland has comprehensive experience in long-term care research since 2005 and competence and experience both in qualitative and quantitative methods. He has led and participated in several projects directed by the Research Council of Norway, ministries, directorates, and municipalities. 

Research areas
  • comparative service research within the healthcare and welfare sector
  • public organization and service development
  • analyzes of new public reforms and new knowledge
  • variations in municipal care services
  • long-term care, elderly care and rehabilitative services
  • needs for care, access to care services and early interventions
  • prioritizing in care, ethics, care philosophy, professionalism, trust studies
  • mixed-method studies
Research groups


  • The travels of ideas of active ageing and reablement within and between three regions: United Kingdom, Australasia, and Scandinavia

    Feiring, Marte, Førland, Oddvar, Aspinal, Fiona, Rostgaard, Tine (2023)
  • NRK Radio intervju: Sjukeheimplassar som forsvinn

  • A qualitative study on promoting reablement among older people living at home in Norway: opportunities and constraints

    Ambugo, Eliva Atieno, Dar, Imran, Bikova, Mariya Stoyanova, Førland, Oddvar, Tjerbo, Trond (2022)
  • Prioriteringer i helse- og omsorgsektoren i kommunene

    Fagertun, Anette, Førland, Oddvar, Sundsbø, Astrid (2022)
  • How ideas and practices of reablement spread over the world?

    Feiring, Marte, Aspinal, Fiona, Førland, Oddvar, Rostgaard, Tine (2022)
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