Reidar Pedersen

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Phone +47 22844663
Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Ethics in health care
  • Clinical ethics support
  • End of life ethics
  • Informed consent 
  • Competence to consent
  • Coercion
  • Advance care planning
  • Involvement of next of kin
  • Resource allocation
  • Complex interventions and implementation
  • Health law and ethics
  • Empathy, physician-patient communication, and professionalism
  • Hermeneutics

Courses taught

Most of my teaching activities are directed towards health care personnel. I also teach students at different levels and in different programs. The teaching includes most of the key topics within clinical ethics (see academic interests).


I was trained as a physician (M.D.) and philosopher (B.A., M.A.) and have worked full time with ethics and communication in health care since 2003 (at the Centre of Medical Ethics, University of Oslo). My work has included evaluation, research, teaching, dissemination, communication, supervision, developing research proposals, societal innovation and management. My research includes qualitative and quantitative methods, intervention studies, systematic reviews, and theoretical and philosophical analyses.

In 2010 I defended my PhD-thesis on empathy in medicine. In 2011 I was promoted to a post as a researcher with professor competence. Since 2015 Professor and Head of the Centre for Medical Ethics, and from 2020 also Deputy head of the Institute of Health and Society.

Published Apr. 13, 2011 2:45 PM - Last modified Mar. 6, 2021 7:42 PM