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Evaluation of Medicine and Health (EVALMEDHELSE) 2023-2024

Helse Møre og Romsdal as an administrative unit

Helse Møre and Romsdal (HMR) is an active research organization. Research and innovation are intended to contribute to new knowledge about health and diseases, and enhance the quality of patient treatment.

Research strategy

The EVALMED assessment involves eight thematic research groups focusing on established fields of medical research at the hospital trust, including internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics, paediatrics and gynaecology, psychology, and radiology. This aligns with the NIFU report, which identified six main academic fields based on publications: surgical sciences, general medicine, nursing, psychiatry, oncology, and neurology.

During the evaluation period (2012-22), two strategic documents guided the hospital trust's research efforts: "Strategy for Research in Central Norway (Helse Midt) 2016-2020" and "Strategy and Action Plan for Research, Innovation, Education, and Competence (FIUK-plan), Møre an Romsdal Hospital Trust 2018-2022." The overarching research goal is international competitiveness to strengthen clinical practice and patient treatment.

To achieve this goal, six strategic focus points were identified:

1) Research culture: Integrate research in the clinic and increase the number of researchers

2) High quality research: Increase the research competence in HMR

3) Establish research groups

4) Research collaboration: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally

5) Increased user participation in research

6) Sufficient financial resources



Møre and Romsdal Hospital Trust (HMR), one of five trusts in the Central Norway Regional Health Authority, operates four hospitals in Kristiansund, Molde, Volda, and Ålesund. In May 2024, Kristiansund and Molde hospitals will merge into the new SNR hospital. HMR oversees rehabilitation institutions, specialized drug treatment facilities, psychiatric centers, and child and youth psychiatric clinics. It is also responsible for pre-hospital services, including ambulance stations, air ambulance, ambulance boat, and the Emergency Medical Communication Center (AMK).

Research activities in HMR primarily occur in clinics such as Aalesund Hospital Clinic, Prehospital Services Clinic, Diagnostics Clinic, Nordmoere and Romsdal Hospital Clinic, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinic, Property and Technical Services Department, Cancer Treatment and Rehabilitation Clinic, and the Administrative Directors Staff. The Section for Research and Innovation (SFI) at the administrative level manages internal research funding and supports clinicians with part-time researcher positions. SFI, along with the Section for Education, operates under the Administrative Directors Staff. In 2022, HMR strengthened research communication by hiring a research communications advisor through SFI, enhancing research visibility within the hospital trust and the wider community.


Supplemental documents

The Development plan (Utviklingsplan HMR) is mainly in Norwegian, however the English sections have been highlighted in yellow.


Regional action plan for research 2023-2026.pdf

Research strategy - cancer treatment.pdf

Research strategy - Klinikk for Diagnostikk.pdf

Strategy and action plan FIUK 2018-2022.pdf

Strategy for research Helse-Midt-Norge 2016-2020.pdf

Utviklingsplan HMR 2023-2026 (3).pdf 

Forskning - Behandling av uredelighet i forskning og rapportering til Granskningsutvalget.pdf

Utbetaling til idehaver ansatt i HMR, samt til helseforetaket HMR, ved kommersialiseringsprosjekter i regi av NTNU TTO.pdf


The figure displays the current profile of all researchers employed at our hospital trust. The bulk of our researchers are medical doctors, and the fields of speciality vary greatly. Currently, we have achieved gender balance in both groups (researchers and PhD students).  


Members with a doctorate degree

Anett Skorpen Tarberg (Cristin)

Danuta Palinska (Cristin)

Guro Berge (Cristin)

Vibeke Devold Valderhaug (Cristin)

Iman Esmaili (Cristin)

Lutz Schwettman (Cristin)

Marit Kvangarsnes (Cristin,NTNU)

Tone Andersen-Hollekim (Cristin, NTNU)

Anne Strand Alfredsen Larsen (Cristin, NTNU)

Erik Solligård (Cristin, NTNU)

Stephan Karl Otto Rossner (Cristin)

Karla Tomic (Cristin)

Anne-Sofie Furberg (Cristin)

PhD candidates 

Lena Bjørge Waage (Cristin)

Turid Rimereit Aarønes (Cristin)


This list includes publications by researchers that are not part of the thematic research groups, but part of the administrative unit.

Patient participation in the clinical pathway-Nurses' perceptions of adults' involvement in haemodialysis.
Andersen-Hollekim TE, Kvangarsnes M, Landstad BJ, Talseth-Palmer BA, Hole T.Nurs Open. 2019 Feb 14;6(2):574-582. doi: 10.1002/nop2.241. eCollection 2019 Apr.PMID: 30918708

Narratives of patient participation in haemodialysis.
Andersen-Hollekim T, Solbjør M, Kvangarsnes M, Hole T, Landstad BJ.J Clin Nurs. 2020 Jul;29(13-14):2293-2305. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15238. Epub 2020 Apr 2.PMID: 32160346

Patients' narratives of their patient participation in the myocardial infarction pathway.
Bårdsgjerde EK, Kvangarsnes M, Landstad B, Nylenna M, Hole T.
J Adv Nurs. 2019 May;75(5):1063-1073. doi: 10.1111/jan.13931. Epub 2019 Jan 31.
PMID: 30549312

Nurses' perceptions of patient participation in the myocardial infarction pathway.
Bårdsgjerde EK, Landstad BJ, Hole T, Nylenna M, Gjeilo KH, Kvangarsnes M.
Nurs Open. 2020 Jun 15;7(5):1606-1615. doi: 10.1002/nop2.544. eCollection 2020 Sep.
PMID: 32802382 

Hb Aalesund (HBA2: c.400_406delAGCACCG), an Unstable α-Globin Variant Found in a Norwegian Patient Causing Moderate Hemolytic Anemia and Falsely High Hb A1c Using Ion Exchange High Performance Liquid Chromatography.
Grimholt RM, Fjeld B, Selsås H, Schwettmann L, Klingenberg O.
Hemoglobin. 2019 Mar;43(2):122-125. doi: 10.1080/03630269.2019.1614048. Epub 2019 May 30.
PMID: 31145010

Nursing qualifications needed in municipal emergency inpatient units. A qualitative study.
Landstad BJ, Hole T, Strand AS, Kvangarsnes M.
BMC Nurs. 2021 Nov 9;20(1):223. doi: 10.1186/s12912-021-00733-w.PMID: 34749712   

Evaluation of the Sentinel-FOB gold faecal immunochemical test for the presence of haemoglobin using the automated Roche Cobas 8000 system.
Schwettmann L, Lied A, Eriksen R.
Pract Lab Med. 2022 Jan 15;29:e00263. doi: 10.1016/j.plabm.2022.e00263. eCollection 2022 Mar.
PMID: 35198716 

Nurses' experiences of compassionate care in the palliative pathway.
Skorpen Tarberg A, Landstad BJ, Hole T, Thronaes M, Kvangarsnes M.
J Clin Nurs. 2020 Dec;29(23-24):4818-4826. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15528. Epub 2020 Oct 25.
PMID: 33031582 

Silent voices: Family caregivers' narratives of involvement in palliative care.
Tarberg AS, Kvangarsnes M, Hole T, Thronæs M, Madssen TS, Landstad BJ.
Nurs Open. 2019 Aug 10;6(4):1446-1454. doi: 10.1002/nop2.344. eCollection 2019 Oct.
PMID: 31660172 

Physicians' perceptions of patient participation and the involvement of family caregivers in the palliative care pathway.
Tarberg AS, Thronaes M, Landstad BJ, Kvangarsnes M, Hole T.
Health Expect. 2022 Aug;25(4):1945-1953. doi: 10.1111/hex.13551. Epub 2022 Jun 28.
PMID: 35765248   


Thematic research groups

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