Cecilie Varsi

Cecilie Varsi

Vice Dean

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Campus Drammen ()
Vice dean for research and entrepreneurship.


  • Responsibility for research development, innovation and entrepreneurship at the faculty.
  • Lead the faculty's research activities, including research strategy, research infrastructure, research dissemination.
  • Interaction with working and social life in the region as well as national and international knowledge actors.


  • Research management
  • eHealth
  • Implementation research
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Systematic reviews



2009-2016: Ph.D. University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital, Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research. Dissertation: Implementation of eHealth patient-provider communication tools into routine practice - barriers and facilitators from the perspectives of patients, health care providers and middle managers.

2007: Project management, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo.

2004-2007: Master of nursing science, University of Oslo.

1998-2000: Organization and management, Diakonhjemmet university college, Oslo.

1991-1994: Bachelor of nursing, Finnmark school of nursing, Hammerfest.



2021-current: University of South-Eastern Norway, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Vise dean for research and entrepreneurship.

2019-2020: Oslo University Hospital, Department of Digital Health Research (previous Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research), Senior researcher.

2016-2018: Oslo University Hospital, Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research, Post doctor position/Project administrator.

2009-2016: Oslo University Hospital, Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research, Ph.D. candidate (75%)/Project administrator (25%) (The Ph.D. period was interrupted by two maternity leaves).

2007-2009: Rikshospitalet HF, Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care, Project administrator.

1995-2007: Rikshospitalet HF, Department of Medicine, Registered Nurse (1995-1998), Assistant Head nurse (1998-2004), Head nurse (2004-2005 and 2006-2007), Assistant Senior Nursing Officer (2004-2005).

1996-1997: Ringerike hospital, Intensiv care unit, Registered Nurse.

1994-1995: Akershus University Hospital, Department of Medicine, Registered Nurse.



2017-current: 5 Ph.D.-candidates (2 completed).

2017-2020: 2 Master students (both completed).



2020-current: Norwegian network for Implementation science NIMP (elected board member).

2019-2020: Norwegian network for Implementation science NIMP (member of the interim board). 

2019-2021: Norwegian Nurses Organization, subject group for e-Health (elected board member - deputy chair).

2018-current: European Implementation Collaborative (elected board member. From 2020: chair).



2017-current: The research committee for Implementation and Methodology Research, Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, Bergen University College, Norway.

2017-2020: Norwegian Pain Society.

2016-current: The research committee for Knowledge in translation (KNOWIT), Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway.

2013-2020: Society of Behavioral Medicine.

2007-2020: The research committee at Department of Digital Health Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (member). 2018 - 2020: Co-leader and FOU responsible.

1994-current: The Norwegian Nurses Organization.


Peer-reviewed papers (full length, original articles):

Garratt A, Sagen J, Børøsund E, Varsi C, Kjeken I, Dagfinrud H, Moe RH. The Public and Patient Engagement Evaluation Tool: forward-backwards translation and cultural adaption to Norwegian. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2022 Jun 9;23(1):556.

Bührmann L, Driessen P, Metz A, Burke K, Bartley L, Varsi C, Albers B. Knowledge and attitudes of Implementation Support Practitioners-Findings from a systematic integrative review. PLoS One. 2022 May 11;17(5):e0267533.

Bostrøm K, Varsi C, Eide H, Børøsund E, Kristjansdottir O, Schreurs KMG, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Nordang EF, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L. Engaging with EPIO, a digital pain self-management program: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res 22, 577. 2022.

Seljelid B, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Øystese KA, Børøsund E. Feasibility of a Digital Patient–Provider Communication Intervention to Support Shared Decision-Making in Chronic Health Care, InvolveMe: Pilot Study. JMIR Form Res 2022;6(3):e34738.

Eiken AG, Nordanger DØ, Solberg Nes L, Varsi C. Patients’ Experiences of Using an eHealth Pain Management Intervention Combined With Psychomotor Physiotherapy:  Qualitative Study. JMIR Form Res 2022;6(3):e34458.

Albers B, Metz A, Burke K, Bührmann, L., Bartley, L., Driessen, P., Varsi, C. The Mechanisms of Implementation Support - Findings from a Systematic Integrative Review. Research on Social Work Practice. November 2021.

Engell T, Varsi C, Graverholt B, Egeland K. Launch of the Norwegian Network for Implementation Research (NIMP): Proceedings from the First Annual Conference. Global Implementation Research and Applications. 2021.

Sharma A*, Birkeland KI, Nermoen I, Qvigstad E, Tran AT, Gulseth HL, Sollid ST, Wium C, Varsi C. Understanding mechanisms behind unwanted health behaviours in Nordic and South Asian women and how they affect their gestational diabetes follow-ups: a qualitative study. Diabet Med. 2021 Jul 16:e14651.

Johnsen TL, Johansen T, Momsen AH, Tveito TH, Nielsen CV, Varsi C, Øyeflaten I. eHealth interventions to facilitate work participation: a scoping review. JBI Evid Synth. 2021 Jul 1.

Seljelid B*, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Øystese KA, Børøsund E. A Digital Patient-Provider Communication Intervention (InvolveMe): Qualitative Study on the Implementation Preparation Based on Identified Facilitators and Barriers. J Med Internet Res 2021;23(4):e22399.

Paulsen MM, Varsi C, Andersen LF. Process evaluation of the implementation of a decision support system to prevent and treat disease-related malnutrition in a hospital setting. BMC Health Serv Res 21, 281. 2021.

Varsi C, Ledel Solem IK*, Eide H, Børøsund E, Kristjansdottir OB, Heldal K, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Schreurs KMG, Morrison EJ, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L. Health care providers’ experiences of pain management and attitudes towards digitally supported self-management interventions for chronic pain: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res 21, 275. 2021.

Varsi C, Stenehjem AE, Børøsund E, Solberg Nes L. Video as an alternative to in-person consultations in outpatient renal transplant recipient follow-up: a qualitative study. BMC Nephrology 22, 105. 2021.

Bostrøm K*, Børøsund E, Varsi C, Eide H, Nordang EF, Schreurs KMG, Waxenberg LB; Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Småstuen MC, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L. Digital Self-Management in Support of Patients Living With Chronic Pain: Feasibility Pilot Study. JMIR Form Res. 2020 Oct 23;4(10):e23893.

Albers B, Metz A, Burke K, Bührmann L, Bartley L, Driessen P, Varsi C. Implementation support skills: Findings from a systematic integrative review. Research on Social Work Practice, 2020, 31(2), 147-170.

Seljelid B*, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Stenehjem AE, Bollerslev J, Børøsund E. Content and system development of a digital patient-provider communication tool to support shared decision making in chronic health care: InvolveMe. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2020;20(1):46.

Børøsund E, Ehlers SL, Varsi C, Clark MM, Andrykowski MA, Cvancarova M, Solberg Nes L. Results from a randomized controlled trial testing StressProffen; an application-based stress-management intervention for cancer survivors. Cancer Med. 2020;9(11):3775-3785.

Paulsen MM*, Paur I, Gjestland J, Henriksen C, Varsi C, Tangvik RJ, Andersen LF. Effects of using the MyFood decision support system on hospitalized patients' nutritional status and treatment: A randomized controlled trial . Clin Nutr. 2020;S0261-5614(20)30115-1.

Ledel Solem IK*, Varsi C, Eide H, Kristjansdottir OB, Børøsund E, Schreurs KMG, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Haaland-Øverby M, Bevan K, Zangi HA, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L. A User-Centered Approach to an Evidence-Based Electronic Health Pain Management Intervention for People With Chronic Pain: Design and Development of EPIO. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jan 21;22(1):e15889.

Børøsund E, Varsi C. Innovative eHealth interventions in nursing research - how to utilize a mixed method approach to design, development, evaluation and implementation. Ciencia y Enfermeria 2019 25(22).

Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Kristjansdottir OB, Kelders SM, Stenberg U, Zangi HA, Børøsund E, Weiss KE, Stubhaug A, Asbjørnsen RA, Westeng M, Ødegaard M, Eide H. Implementation Strategies to Enhance the Implementation of eHealth Programs for Patients With Chronic Illnesses: Realist Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Sep 27;21(9):e14255.

Asbjørnsen RA, Smedsrød ML, Solberg Nes L, Wentzel J, Varsi C, Hjelmesæth J, van Gemert-Pijnen JE. Persuasive System Design Principles and Behavior Change Techniques to Stimulate Motivation and Adherence in Electronic Health Interventions to Support Weight Loss Maintenance: Scoping Review. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Jun 21;21(6):e14265.

Paulsen MM*, Varsi C, Paur I, Tangvik RJ, Andersen LF. Barriers and Facilitators for Implementing a Decision Support System to Prevent and Treat Disease-Related Malnutrition in a Hospital Setting: Qualitative Study. JMIR Form Res. 2019 May 9;3(2):e11890.

Børøsund E, Varsi C, Clark MM, Ehlers SL, Andrykowski MA, Sleveland HRS, Bergland A, Solberg Nes L. Pilot testing an app-based stress management intervention for cancer survivors. Transl Behav Med. 2019 Apr 24. pii: ibz062.

Ledel Solem IK*, Varsi C, Eide H, Kristjansdottir OB, Mirkovic J, Børøsund E, Haaland-Øverby M, Heldal K, Schreurs KMG, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Solberg Nes L. Patients’ Needs and Requirements for eHealth Pain Management Interventions: Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2019 Apr 1;21(4):e13205.

Gammon D, Strand M, Eng LS, Børøsund E, Varsi C, Ruland C. Shifting Practices Toward Recovery-Oriented Care Through an E-Recovery Portal in Community Mental Health Care: A Mixed-Methods Exploratory Study. J Med Internet Res. 2017 May 2;19(5):e145.

Varsi C, Ekstedt M, Gammon D, Ruland CM. Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to Identify Barriers and Facilitators for the Implementation of an Internet-Based Patient-Provider Communication Service in Five Settings: A Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Nov 18;17(11):e262.

Varsi C, Ekstedt M, Gammon D, Børøsund E, Ruland CM. Middle Managers' Experiences and Role in Implementing an Interactive Tailored Patient Assessment eHealth Intervention in Clinical Practice. Comput Inform Nurs. 2015 Jun;33(6):249-57.

Varsi C, Gammon D, Wibe T, Ruland CM. Patients' reported reasons for non-use of an internet-based patient-provider communication service: qualitative interview study. J Med Internet Res. 2013 Nov 11;15(11):e246.

Wibe T, Hellesø R, Varsi C, Ruland CM, Ekstedt M. How does an online patient-nurse communication service meet the information needs of men with recently diagnosed testicular cancer? ISRN Nurs. 2012:260975.

*Ph.D.-candidates supervised by Dr. Varsi


Other publications:

Bostrøm K, Varsi C, Eide H, Børøsund E, Flakk Nordang E, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L. EPIO™ – engaging and supportive digital pain management for patients with chronic pain [Norwegian]. Best Practice Nordic. 2022.

Berg A, Arntzen C, Bentzen H, Hysing M, Tysnes IB, Varsi C, Westergård BE, Sund B, Martinsson G. Report: strengthening the research collaboration between universities and municipalities [Norwegian]. 2021. Available at: Universities Norway.

Egeland, KM, Engell T, Ertesvåg SK, Thøgersen DM, Bæver M, Varsi C. Effective interventions for mental illness, bullying and crime are not implemented [Norwegian]. 2021. Forskning.no. Available at: Forskersonen.

Varsi C, Solberg Nes L. Effective pain management via app - is it possible? [Norwegian]. 2020. Blogg at Forskningssykehuset.no. Available at: Ekspertsykehuset.

Varsi C, Ledel Solem IK, Eide H, Kristjansdottir OB, Børøsund E, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L. Norsk nyvinning: EPIO, et evidensbasert digitalt selvhjelpsprogram for mestring av langvarige smerter. Best Practice Revmatologi 2019 Nov. 10(41).

Børøsund E, Varsi C. Innovative e-Health interventions in nursing practice and research. Ciencia y Enfermeria 2019;25(1), 1-3.

Varsi C. Get started with e-health [Norwegian]. Blogg at Forskningssykehuset.no. 2017. Available at: Forskningssykehuset.

Wibe T, Ekstedt M, Hellesø R, Varsi C, Ruland CM. You are not at all bothersome - Nurses' online communication with testicular cancer patients. Nursing Informatics; 2012, AMIA-0232-N2012.R1. Pages 453-457.

Ruland CM, Børøsund E, Varsi C. User Requirements for a Practice-integrated Nurse-administered Online Communication Service for Cancer Patients. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;146:221-5.

Varsi C. Nye roller i en poliklinikk. Sykepleien 2005;93(3).

Varsi C. Medikamenthåndtering: Lang vei til feilfri praksis. Rikshospitalets Sykepleiesymposium oktober 2000.

Fremstad ML.; Reklev T, Varsi C. Lang vei til feilfri praksis. Sykepleien 1999;87(9).