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Reviews and Health Technology Assessments

The general objective of the cluster “Reviews and Health Technology Assessments” is to contribute knowledge for decisions in the healthcare- and social welfare services, by summarizing research through systematic reviews (evidence syntheses) and health technology assessments. Our deliverables provide knowledge for decision makers, thus supporting their decisions on which types of healthcare- and social welfare services should be offered. Trustworthy knowledge is the key to good services and essential for all who make decisions for and within the services.

We are the largest scientific community in Norway for evidence syntheses, that is, systematic reviews of available research, with approximately 60 employees. Our cluster conducts health technology assessments and is responsible also for other processes within The National System for Managed Introduction of New Health Technologies (“Nye metoder”). In addition, we produce systematic reviews and other types of analyses to the health- and social welfare government administrations.

When conducting systematic reviews and health technology assessments, we follow internationally recognized and transparent procedures. We offer a range of evidence syntheses, tailored to the commissioners’ needs regarding type of review, level of detail, use of resources, time of deliverable, etc.  We primarily answer questions concerning the effects of prevention-, treatment-, or rehabilitation interventions. Additionally, we summarize research on the effects of organisational interventions, public health interventions, clinical utility, the accuracy of diagnostic tests, and user experiences, and we carry out health economic evaluations. Some of our systematic reviews concern what research exists on a topic and the characteristics of that research. For some topic areas, there is a scarcity of (high quality) primary studies, thus systematic reviews can identify knowledge gaps and research needs.

The cluster for Reviews and Health Technology Assessments collaborate with numerous key actors in Norway as well as internationally. On request, we also offer support and dissemination services regarding use of knowledge, training, courses and seminars in knowledge syntheses and -brokering.

The core activities in our cluster include:

  • Systematic reviews for Norwegian healthcare- and social welfare services, many of which concern effects of treatment and other kinds of interventions
  • Full reviews, rapid reviews, and simplified health technology assessments for The National System for Managed Introduction of New Health Technologies (“Nye metoder”)
  • Management and development of the national system for notification of new health technologies in Norway
  • Management and development of the national support structure and database for hospital-based health technology assessments in Norway
  • Contributions to the European network for health technology assessments (EUnetHTA) and the International Horizon Scanning Initiative (IHSI)
  • Systematic reviews for welfare directorates outside the health sector
  • Training in knowledge syntheses and -brokering and active dissemination


Switchboard: +47 21 07 70 00

Department manager

Kåre Birger Hagen

Mobiltelefon: +47 91 85 82 01

Visiting address

Myrens verksted 3L

0473 Oslo

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Postal address

Norwegian Institute of Public Health, PO Box 222 Skøyen

N-0213 Oslo

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Kåre Birger Hagen

Director reviews and health technology assessment

M: +47 918 58 201

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Anne Hilde Røsvik

Senior Adviser

M: +47 915 49 235

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Arna Sue Desser


Ansatt bilde

Elisabet Vivianne Hafstad

Tlf: +47

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Fawaz Tariq Chaudhry

Advisor - Health Economist

M: +47 486 41 740

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Gunn Eva Næss

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Hans Bugge Bergsund

Senior Adviser

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Heid Nøkleby


M: +47 976 90 437

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Hong Lien Nguyen

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Ingrid Harboe

Senior advisor/Information specialist

M: +47 916 27 852

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Lars Jørun Langøien


M: +47 951 40 124

Ansatt bilde

Patricia Sofia Jacobsen Jardim

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Rigmor Berg

Department Director

M: +47 908 02 240

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Sari Susanna Ormstad

Senior Adviser

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Trine Bjerke Johansen

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Vidar Jusnes Vang

Senior Adviser

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Bjarne Robberstad

Senior researcher

Tlf: +47

M: +47 932 88 039

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Christine Hillestad Hestevik

M: +47 977 74 803

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Chui Hsia Yong

Communications and Publications Manager

M: +47 464 00 429

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Finn Runar Eggen

Senior Adviser

M: +47 464 00 467

Ansatt bilde

Hanna Eikås Klem

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Hege Kornør

Department Director

M: +47 412 25 577

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Jan Marcus Sverre

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Jon-Vidar Gaustad

M: +47 970 76 609

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Linn Kleven

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Liv Giske

Senior researcher

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Maria Julia Bidonde Torre

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Martin Smådal Larsen

M: +47 473 78 182

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Severin Zinöcker

Senior Adviser

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Alexander Wahl

"Editor primary care, Norwegian Electronic Health

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Anna Lien Espeland

Senior Advisor - Health Economist

M: +47

Ansatt bilde

Gunn Elisabeth Vist

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Heather Melanie R Ames

Senior researcher

Ansatt bilde

Hilde Risstad

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Ida Kristin Ørjasæter Elvsaas

Educational leave

M: +47 934 29 562

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Ingeborg Beate Lidal

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Ingrid Kristine Ohm


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Jose Francisco Meneses Echavez


M: +47 486 89 405

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Lillebeth Larun

Researcher/Associate Professor

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Marit Erna Austeng

M: +47 917 40 442

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Martin Robert Lerner

Department Director

M: +47

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Signe Louise Forsetlund

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Tonje Lehne Refsdal

Adviser / Research librarian

Tlf: +47

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Vida Hamidi Ashtiani

Senior researcher

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Alexandra Herborg Cornelius Poulsson

Senior advisor

M: +47 908 04 280

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Anna Karina Stoinska-Schneider

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Beate Charlotte Fagerlund Kvist

Researcher Health economist

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Espen Movik

Senior Adviser

M: +47 464 00 485

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Eva Helene Arentz-Hansen

Senior researcher

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Geir Smedslund

Senior researcher

M: +47 913 87 076

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Gerd Monika Flodgren

Senion Researcher

M: +47 464 00 489

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Gunhild Hagen

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Gyri Hval

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Ingvild Kirkehei

Research librarian

M: +47

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Jan Peter William Himmels

Senior advisor

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Kjetil Gundro Brurberg

Department Director

M: +47 916 19 280

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Maria Bjerk


M: +47 416 46 900

Ansatt bilde

Øyvind Melien

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Tiril Cecilie Borge


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Vigdis Underland