Digital Public Defence: Ingrid Konstanse Ledel Solem

MPhil Ingrid Konstanse Ledel Solem at Institute of Clinical Medicine will be defending the thesis "A human-centered and evidence-informed development process of EPIO; An eHealth self-management intervention for people living with chronic pain" for the degree of PhD (Philosophiae Doctor).

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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 Christina Bode, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Second opponent: Professor Rolf Wynn, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
  • Third member and chair of the evaluation committee: Associate Professor Randi Opheim, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo

Chair of defence

Professor II Siri Rostoft, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo

Principal supervisor

Head of Department Lise Solberg Nes, Department of Digital Health Research, Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital


Chronic pain conditions are common, complex and difficult to manage, affecting as much as 30% of the Norwegian adult population. Interdisciplinary care, including psychological self-management treatment have been recommended, however, the availability of such treatments remains scarce, and the need for alternative ways of distributing such care is evident. 

A growing body of research points to the potential of eHealth interventions in chronic pain management. A number of challenges have been associated with existing solutions however, including lack of evidence-based content and involvement of users and health care providers in the development process. The primary objective of this dissertation project was therefore to design and develop a human-centered and evidence-informed eHealth intervention to support self-management of chronic pain. 
Utilizing a qualitative, explorative, co-creative and iterative research and development method, this dissertation included an extensive exploration of how an eHealth intervention could be designed and developed to meet the needs and requirements of people living with chronic pain. Including a broad range of stakeholders (e.g., patients, spouses, health care providers, specialists, IT-developers, designer) and a variety of research and development methods (i.e., interviews, observations, co-creative workshops, usability testing, and intervention content and software development), the pain self-management intervention EPIO was developed.

This dissertation offers a comprehensive and step-wise example of how to design and develop a human-centered and evidence-informed eHealth intervention to support self-management for people living with chronic pain. Aiming to address identified challenges associated with existing eHealth pain self-management solutions, this project illustrates how an eHealth intervention could be developed to best support the needs and challenges of users in a potentially effective, meaningful and useful way. 

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Published Oct. 12, 2021 10:10 AM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2021 9:26 AM