Espen Saxhaug Kristoffersen

Associate Professor - Department of General Practice
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Visiting address Avdeling for allmennmedisin Kirkeveien 166 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

  • General Practice
  • Neurology
  • Headache incl. migraine
  • Medication overuse, addiction, dependency-related behaviour
  • Screening and Brief Intervention
  • Medical out-of-hour services
  • Mountain medicine, wilderness medicine, rescue medicine

Education/background

  • 2017 to present: Associate professor, Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2014-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2014: Ph.d with the thesis “Brief Intervention for Medication-overuse headache in primary care”
  • 2013-to present: resident, Department of Neurology, Akershus University Hospital
  • 2008-2014: PhD student - Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2011: part-time at the central primary care emergency ward in Oslo
  • 2010: General practitioner (part-time) in the municipality of Høyanger
  • 2007-08: General practitioner and chief medical officer in the municipality of Høyanger
  • 2005-07: Intern at Department of Medicine, Orthopedics and Surgery at Helse Førde hospital (Nordfjord/Førde) and the municipality of Balestrand
  • 2004-05:  Six months as resident doctor with students licentia practicandi at the Acute psychiatric ward, the University Hospital of Northern Norway (UNN)
  • 2004 Medical students mandatory practice period at Longyearbyen Hospital, Svalbard 3 months
  • 2003 Medical students mandatory practice period at Internal Medicine and Surgery, Hammerfest Hospital 2+2 months
  • 2005: Medical degree (MD) University of Tromsø
  • 1999-2005: Medical school, University Of Tromsø

Positions held

  • 2018-to present: Norwegian representative International Headache Society and European Headache Federation
  • 2017-to present: Board member and vice-chair of the Norwegian Headache Society
  • 2016-to present: European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Scientific Panel Headache
  • 2014-to present: Board member of the International Headache Society (IHS) Trainees and Residents Special Interest Group
  • 2013-2014: Member of the group “AG4 – kommunesektoren” in the national strategy process ”HelseOmsorg21”.
  • 2012-13: Member of the project group within the Norwegian Medical Association (representing the College of General Practice), working with the plan for further
    development of the Norwegian list patient system (“Opptrappingsplan for fastlegeordningen 2015-2020”).
  • 2012-2013: Board member of Oslo Legeforening
  • 2012-2015: Member of Project Group within the LVS (Doctors in Scientific Positions) and YLF (Junior Hospital Doctors Association), working with recruitment schemes for younger doctors into research
  • 2011-2015:  Board member of LVS (Doctors in Scientific Positions) at the Norwegian Medial Association
  • 2011-2015: Founding member of the Project Group (ALIS-utvalget) within the Norwegian College of General Practice, working with recruitment schemes for younger doctors into primary care
  • 2010-12: Board member of the PhD forum at HELSAM (The institute of general practice and public health) , University of Oslo
  • 2009-to present: Member of the Network Group for Out-Of-Hours Services at Norwegian College of General Practice (part of the Norwegian Medical Association)
  • 2005-2006 Union Representative (Nordfjord Sjukehus), Norwegian Junior Hospital Doctors' Association (YLF), the Norwegian Medical Association

Awards

  • European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Investigator Award for the subspecialty Headache - 1st EAN Congress Berlin, Germany June 2015
  • Norwegian Neurological Federation  - National Headache fellowship 2018
  • Best poster presentation at the Norwegian Neurology Congress 2018
  • Forsberg og Aulies legat 2018

Collaboration

  • Research unit for Neuroscience at Oslo University Hospital
  • Health Service Research, Research Centre, Akershus University Hospital
  • Head and Neck Research Group, Akershus University Hospital
  • Danish Headache Center, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Department of Neuroradiology, Instituto Besta, Milano, Italy

Courses taught

  • 2008-to present: Teaching and censorship in various terms (including final exams) in Medical School at the University of Oslo
  • 2010-12: Various lectures held twice a year at the Oslo Emergency ward for the doctors there as a part of their educational activity
  • 2010-12: Teaching CME groups about headache
  • 2010-12: Project and course leader for a CME course called Management of chronic headache in primary care – course held 11 times (15 hours each course)

Publications

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  • García-Azorín, David; Do, Thien Phu; Gantenbein, Andreas R.; Hansen, J. M.; Souza, Marcio Nattan P. & Obermann, Mark [Show all 12 contributors for this article] (2021). Delayed headache after COVID-19 vaccination: a red flag for vaccine induced cerebral venous thrombosis. The Journal of Headache and Pain. ISSN 1129-2369. 22(1), p. 1–5. doi: 10.1186/s10194-021-01324-5
  • Bjorvatn, Bjørn; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Halvorsen, Peder Andreas; Fors, Egil Andreas; Nilsen, Stein & Rørtveit, Guri (2019). Ny infrastruktur for allmennmedisinsk forskning. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. ISSN 0029-2001. 139(1), p. 24–26. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.18.0689
  • Harper, Charlotte Elena; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Vetvik, Kjersti; Zarnovicky, Svetozar; Hansen, Jakob Møller & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2019). INCIDENCE AND MORTALITY OF CEREBRAL VENOUS THROMBOSIS IN A NORWEGIAN POPULATION. European Stroke Journal. ISSN 2396-9873. 4, p. 321–322. doi: 10.1177/2396987319845581
  • Cheng, Socheat; Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Gossop, Michael; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Disparities in quality of life between elderly patients with and without long-term use of opioids and benzodiazepines.
  • Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Cheng, Socheat; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Gossop, Michael; Grambaite, Ramune & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). The association between central nervous system depressant medications and cognitive function in hospitalised older patients: a cross sectional study. .
  • Cheng, Socheat; Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Gossop, Michael; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Characteristics of at-risk patients and a reliable screening tool for detecting medication dependence among elderly patients.
  • Cheng, Socheat; Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Gossop, Michael; Stavem, Knut; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Overuse of opioids and benzidiazepines among elderly patients: Characteristics of at-risk patients and disparities in quality of life .
  • Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Cheng, Socheat; Grambaite, Ramune; Michele, Gossop; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Long-term use of central nervous system depressant medications is associated with reduced cognitive function in hospitalised older patients: a cross sectional study.
  • Aaseth, Kjersti; Harper, Charlotte Elena; Vetvik, Kjersti; Faiz, Kashif Waqar & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2019). Utredning av subaraknoidalblødning – fortsatt behov for spinalpunksjon?
  • Harper, Charlotte Elena; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Aaseth, Kjersti; Vetvik, Kjersti & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2019). Reinnleggelse i nevrologisk avdeling grunnet postpunksjonshodepine etter utredning av akutt hodepine.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Møller Hansen, Jakob (2019). Headache? Go see your GP!
  • Carlsen, Louise N; Høst, Christel; Dømgaard, Mikala; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Jensen, Rigmor Højland (2019). Brief Intervention – treatment of medication overuse headache in primary and secondary care, a study protocol. Cephalalgia. ISSN 0333-1024. 39. doi: 10.1177/0333102419859835
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Møller Hansen, Jakob (2019). Management of the difficult headache patient in general practice.
  • Harper, Charlotte Elena; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Vetvik, Kjersti; Zarnovicky, Svetozar; Hansen, Jakob Møller & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2019). Incidence and mortality of cerebral venous thrombosis in a Norwegian population. European Journal of Neurology. ISSN 1351-5101. 26, p. 382–382.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; REICHENBACH, ANTJE; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Altmann, Marianne; Sundseth, Antje & Thommessen, Bente [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). Is it possible to detect large-vessel occlusions in acute ischemic stroke using screening scales? European Journal of Neurology. ISSN 1351-5101. 26.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; REICHENBACH, ANTJE; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Bergh, Elin; Baar, Anette & Altmann, Marianne [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2019). Prehospital tidsbruk ved hjerneslag. Tid brukt på hentested.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; REICHENBACH, ANTJE; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Altmann, Marianne; Sundseth, Antje & Thommessen, Bente [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). IS IT POSSIBLE TO DETECT LARGE-VESSEL OCCLUSIONS IN ACUTE ISCHEMIC STROKE USING CLINICAL SCREENING SCALES? European Stroke Journal. ISSN 2396-9873. 4. doi: 10.1177/2396987319845578
  • Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Cheng, Socheat; Grambaite, Ramune; Michele, Gossop; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Long-term use of central nervous system depressant medications is associated with reduced cognitive function in hospitalised older patients: a cross sectional study. European Journal of Neurology. ISSN 1351-5101. 26.
  • Snoer, A. H.; Lund, Nunu; Jensen, Rigmor Højland; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Barloese, Mads & Hansen, Jakob Møller (2019). More precise phenotyping of cluster headache using prospective attack reports.
  • Snoer, A. H.; Lund, Nunu; Jensen, Rigmor Højland; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Barloese, Mads & Hansen, Jakob Møller (2019). More precise phenotyping of cluster headache using prospective attack reports. Cephalalgia. ISSN 0333-1024. 39. doi: 10.1177/0333102419859835
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2019). Cerebral venetrombose.
  • Carlsen, Louise N; Høst, Christel; Dømgaard, Mikala; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Jensen, Rigmor Højland & Hansen, Jakob Møller (2019). Brief Intervention – treatment of medication overuse headache in primary and secondary care, a study protocol.
  • Cheng, Socheat; Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Gossop, Michael; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Characteristics of at-risk patients and a reliable screening tool for detecting medication dependence among elderly patients. European Journal of Neurology. ISSN 1351-5101. 26.
  • Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Cheng, Socheat; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Gossop, Michael; Grambaite, Ramune & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Prescribed Central Nervous System Depressants are associated with Cognitive side effects among older patients.
  • Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Cheng, Socheat; Gossop, Michael; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Grambaite, Ramune & Lundqvist, Christofer (2019). Prescribed Central Nervous System Depressants are associated with reduced cognition among hospitalised older patients.
  • Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Sundseth, Antje & Altmann, Marianne (2018). Legefrakk og håndhygiene. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. ISSN 0029-2001. 138(20). doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.18.0695
  • Faiz, Kashif Waqar & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2018). Snehvit og de syv diagnosene. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. ISSN 0029-2001. 138(6). doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.17.0850
  • Jarholm, Jonas Alexander; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Nysted, Trond; Zarnovicky, Svetozar & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2018). Orbital Pain, Ophthalmoplegia, and Oligoclonal Bands in the Cerebrospinal Fluid: A Case Report of Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome. Headache. ISSN 0017-8748. 58(5), p. 758–760. doi: 10.1111/head.13283
  • Bjorvatn, Bjørn; Straand, Jørund; Halvorsen, Peder Andreas; Wensaas, Knut-Arne; Bellika, Johan Gustav & Fors, Egil Andreas [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2018). PraksisNett - et nettverk av fastlegepraksiser. En storsatsing på forskning i allmennpraksis. Utposten. ISSN 0800-5680. p. 40–43.
  • Cheng, Socheat; Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Gossop, Michael; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER (2018). Diagnostic accuracy and usability of the severity dependence scale in detecting medication misuse and dependence in elderly patients .
  • Cheng, Socheat; Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; Gossop, Michael; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER (2018). Socio-demographic and pharmacological profile of medication Misuse and dependence in elderly patients .
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Grande, Ragnhild Berling; Aaseth, Kjersti; Russell, Michael Bjørn & LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER (2018). Hodepinerelatert livskvalitet før og etter seponering av medikamenter ved medikamentoverforbrukshodepine – Akershus-undersøkelsen av kronisk hodepine.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; REICHENBACH, ANTJE; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Altmann, Marianne; Sundseth, Antje & Thommessen, Bente [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Is it possible to identify acute ischemic stroke patients with large-vessel occlusions using clinical screening scales?
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2018). Seleksjon, triagering og vurdering – prehospital- og mottaksmedisin.
  • Harper, Charlotte Elena; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Vetvik, Kjersti & Faiz, Kashif Waqar (2018). Forekomst og klinisk presentasjon av cerebral venetrombose i en norsk populasjon.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; REICHENBACH, ANTJE; Faiz, Kashif Waqar; Altmann, Marianne; Sundseth, Antje & Thommessen, Bente [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Kan pasienter med akutt storkarokklusjon identifiseres med kliniske skåringsverktøy?
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Stavem, Knut; LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER & Russell, Michael Bjørn (2018). The impact of chronic headache on workdays, unemployment and disutility in the general population.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Stavem, Knut; LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER & Russell, Michael Bjørn (2018). Reply to the letter by Min et al. Cephalalgia. ISSN 0333-1024. 38(10), p. 1701–1702. doi: 10.1177/0333102417747213
  • Faiz, Kashif Waqar & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2017). Virkelighetsdata. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. ISSN 0029-2001. 137(21). doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.17.0574
  • Cheng, Socheat; Siddiqui, Tahreem Ghazal; LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2017). Medication misuse and dependence in elderly patients - Towards evidence-based interventions.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Winsvold, Bendik K S & Faiz, Kashif Waqar (2017). The knowledge of residents in neurology about management of headache.
  • Jarholm, Jonas Alexander; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Wohlleben, Christine; Zarnovicky, Svetozar & Faiz, Kashif Waqar (2017). Mat på hjernen.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Winsvold, Bendik K S & Faiz, Kashif Waqar (2017). The knowledge of residents in neurology about management of headache.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Winsvold, Bendik K S & Faiz, Kashif Waqar (2017). Leger i spesialisering i nevrologi sin erfaring og håndtering av hodepine i klinisk praksis.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER & Russell, Michael Bjørn (2017). Sykdomsbyrde ved primær kronisk hodepine – Akershus-undersøkelsen av kronisk hodepine.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER & Russell, Michael Bjørn (2017). Socioeconomic impact, disability, psychological distress and illness perception of primary chronic headache in the general population – the Akershus study of chronic headache.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug & Hanger, Mari Rian (2015). Fastlegeråd hjalp mot hodepine. [Internet]. Dagens medisin.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Straand, Jørund; Russell, Michael Bjørn & LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER (2015). Brief Intervention for Medication-Overuse Headache in primary care (the BIMOH study): an open long-term follow-up.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Straand, Jørund; Russell, Michael Bjørn & LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER (2015). BRIEF INTERVENTION FOR MEDICATION-OVERUSE HEADACHE IN PRIMARY CARE (THE BIMOH STUDY) – AN OPEN LONG-TERM FOLLOW-UP.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Straand, Jørund; Russell, Michael Bjørn & LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER (2015). Brief intervention for medication-overuse headache in primary care (the bimoh study) – An open long-term follow-up.
  • Jakobsen, Siw Ellen & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2015). Getting rid of headaches by cutting out headache pills. [Internet]. http://sciencenordic.com/.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2015). Kronisk hodepine: En vei ut av uføret?
  • Jakobsen, Siw Ellen & Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2015). Blir kvitt hodepine av å slutte med hodepinemedisin. [Internet]. Forskning.no.
  • Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug (2015). Kronisk hodepine - en vei ut av uføret?

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