About this person


  • Health and health services among vulnerable population groups
  • Living conditions among lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transpersons (LGBT)
  • Medical theory
  • Qualitative research methods

MD 1975 (University of Bergen – UiB), Dr. Med. Sci/Ph.D. 1990 (UiB) – thesis: «The encounter between the general practitioner and female patients».

General practitioner (GP) in Oslo and Bergen 1977-2011, specialist in general practice.

Combined position as GP and associate professor UiB from 1987, professor in general practice UiB (1992-2007 + 2010-today). Adjunct professor in feminist medical research University of Oslo (1994-2001). Adjunct professor in general practice Copenhagen University  (2001-2004). Senior researcher at the Research Unit for General Practice, Copenhagen (1998-2007 + 2012-today). Research professor at the Research Unit for General Practice in Bergen, Uni Research Health (2007-today).

Malterud has conducted research about medical communication, women’s health, clinical knowledge, medically unexplained symptoms (especially chronic pain and CFS/ME), obesity, alcohol problems, sexual orientation, end of life. Most of the projects deal with patient perspectives of marginality encountering the health care system. She has also for decades contributed to make qualitative research methods known and acknowledged in medical research.

She has published a large number of scientific articles, books and book chapters and accompanied several candidates towards their Ph.D, see more about this here.



All articles


  • Steinar Hunskår; Kirsti Malterud Patient-centred approaches to chronic myofascial pain in primary care. Radcliffe Medical Press 2002.
  • Kirsti Malterud Kvalitativ metasyntese som forskningsmetode i medisin og helsefag. Universitetsforlaget 2017.
  • Malterud, Kirsti Kvalitative forskningsmetoder for medisin og helsefag. 4. utgave. Universitetsforlaget 2017 ISBN 9788215028286. 256 pages.
  • Malterud, Kirsti Kvalitativ metasyntese som forskningsmetode i medisin og helsefag. Universitetsforlaget 2017 ISBN 9788215028903. 168 pages.
  • Malterud, Kirsti Fokusgrupper som forskningsmetode for medisin og helsefag. Universitetsforlaget 2012 ISBN 978-82-15-02046-4. 164 pages.
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Book chapters

  • Steinar Hunskår; Kirsti Malterud 1.1 Første linje. I: Hunskår S, red. Allmennmedisin.. Gyldendal Akademisk 2013. pages 26-32
  • Malterud, Kirsti Lesbisk selvtillit i møte med legen. I Grønningsæter AB, Kristiansen HW, Lescher-Nuland BR, red. Holdninger, levekår og livsløp - forskning om lesbiske, homofile og bifile. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 2015. pages 135-149
  • Malterud, Kirsti Systematisk tekstkondensering - En pragmatisk metode for tverrgående tematisk analyse av kvalitative data. I: Kvalitative analysemetoder i sundhedsforskning. Klim 2018 ISBN 9788772042350.. pages 115-134
  • Kirsti Malterud En allmennmedisinsk vekkelsespredikant. I Fugelli P. En lesebok. Tekster i utvalg 1969-2014. . Universitetsforlaget 2014. pages 105-113
  • Malterud K, Prydz P. 2.14 Medisinsk uforklarte helseplager. I: Hunskår S, red. Allmennmedisin.. Gyldendal Akademisk 2013. pages 193-203
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