Digital Public Defence: Line Preede Line Preede at Institute of Clinical Medicine will be defending the thesis Evaluating adapted physical activity-based rehabilitation in people with chronic disabilities for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD).

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The public defence will be held as a video conference over Zoom.

The defence will follow regular procedure as far as possible, hence it will be open to the public and the audience can ask ex auditorio questions when invited to do so.

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Due to copyright reasons, an electronic copy of the thesis must be ordered from the faculty. In order for the faculty to have time to process the order, it must be received by the faculty no later than 2 days prior to the public defence. Orders received later than 2 days before the defence will not be processed. Inquiries regarding the thesis after the public defence must be addressed to the candidate.

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Adjudication committee

  • First opponent: Professor Jan Willem Gorter, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
  • Second opponent: Professor Britt-Marie Stålnacke, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Third member and chair of the evaluation committee: Professor Tone Rustøen, Institute of Health and Sociaty, University of Oslo

Chair of defence

Professor Anne Marit Mengshoel, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo

Principal supervisor

Professor II Cecilie Røe, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo


Adults with chronic disabilities face a variety of problems which contribute to enhance their disability and reduce functioning. They are also less physically active compared to the general population. It is important for adults with disabilities to be physically active both to prevent lifestyle diseases and to prevent other problems they face because of their disability, like pain and fatigue. 

Rehabilitation programs focusing on adapted physical activity have been developed to facilitate participation in physical activities among people with disabilities. A key element of this rehabilitation theory is adaptation of activities in order to experience self-efficacy. Another key element is goal-setting. 

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the short- and long-term effects of adapted physical activity-based rehabilitation on mental and physical functioning for subjects with chronic disabilities, to determine factors influencing the outcome on functioning and to explore the goal-setting process in terms of content and achievement.  

The setting of the study was Beitostølen Healthsports Centre and the subjects were adults with chronic, mainly physical disabilities receiving a 4-week inpatient rehabilitation intervention. The subjects received questionnaires at six time points ranging from two months before rehabilitation to 12 months after rehabilitation. 

Compared to waiting list, the intervention significantly improved the subjects physical and mental functioning four weeks after rehabilitation. This improvement sustained one year after rehabilitation. The improvement in functioning seemed to be particularly positive for subjects with fatigue and low self-efficacy as well as subjects experiencing goal achievement. Regarding goal-setting, the study indicated that health professional’s involvement in the subject’s goal-setting seemed to benefit more specific goals and a higher relative frequency of goals directed towards activities and participation. 

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Published May 6, 2021 11:19 AM - Last modified June 1, 2021 12:59 PM