Cecilie Varsi

Senior Researcher

Email

cecilie.varsi@rr-research.no

Phone

+47 90856339

Current positions

Senior researcher

Education

Post-doctoral fellowship (2017-2018). Center for shared decision making and collaborative care research, Oslo university hospital.   

PhD (2009–2016), University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital, Center for shared decision making and collaborative care research. Implementing Online Patient-Provider Communication into Clinical Practice: Implementation Research.

Project Management (2007), BI Norwegian business school, Oslo.

Master of nursing science (2007), University of Oslo.

Management and Organization (2000), Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo.

RN (registered nurse) (1994), Finnmark sykepleierhøgskole, Hammerfest.

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr Varsi has a central role in several of the projects in the Department of Digital Health Research, investigating digital (eHealth) interventions and communication solutions for people with long-term, complex medical conditions. For example, she is the project administrator for the EPIO project, an eHealth intervention designed and developed in support of people living with chronic pain, currently being tested in an ongoing randomized controlled trial. Dr Varsi also has a particular focus on the implementation of evidence-based interventions to clinical practice, and in particular how digital solutions can be implemented smoothly after study completion. As a testimony to her competence, she is a board member in the European Implementation Collaborative (EIC), and also have had a central role in the establishment of the Norwegian Network for Implementation Research (NIMP). Dr Varsi has experience in mixed methods, with special expertise in qualitative research methods. She also has led and contributed to a number of systematic reviews. Dr Varsi is a supervisor for several doctoral candidates and master’s level students, and also teaches PhD and master level courses covering topics such as qualitative research methods, eHealth and implementation.

Licensure

Registered nurse, authorisation/license number: 4810775.

Other appointments

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

2019-           The leadership team at Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative care Research (member).

2018 -          The Innovation Committee, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (substitute member).

2018 -          European Implementation Collaborative (board member).

2017 -          Divisional Research Committee, Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (substitute member).

2017-           Research group Implementation and Methodology Research, Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, Bergen University College, Norway (member).

2016-           Research group Knowledge in translation (KNOWIT), Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway (member).

2007- Research group for the Department of Digital Health Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (member). From 2018: Co-leader of the committee and FOU responsible.

1999-2005    The pharmaceutical committee at Rikshospitalet (member).

Teaching

University of Costa Rica, Research center for nursing and health care, Costa Rica.

University of Concepción, Faculty of Nursing, Chile.

University of South-Eastern Norway, Science Centre Health and Technology, Drammen.

University of Oslo, Institute of health and society, Oslo.

Oslo university hospital, Oslo.

OsloMet, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, Oslo.

NTNU, Faculty of medicine and health sciences, Trondheim.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, Bergen.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Institute of health and Social Sciences, Bergen.

VID Specialized University, Faculty of health studies, Oslo.

Collaborations

University of Costa Rica, Research center for nursing and health care, Costa Rica.

University of Concepción, Faculty of Nursing, Chile.

University of Oslo, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Oslo.

Oslo University Hospital, Department of Endocrinology, Morbid Obesity, and Preventive Medicine, Oslo.

Diakonhjemmet sykehus, Revmatologisk avdeling, Oslo.

Publications

Publications 2021

Albers B, Metz A, Burke K, Buhrmann L, Bartley L, Driessen P, Varsi C (2021)
Implementation Support Skills: Findings From a Systematic Integrative Review
Res. Soc. Work. Pract., 31 (2), 1049731520967419-170

Publications 2020

Bostrøm K, Børøsund E, Varsi C, Eide H, Flakk Nordang E, Schreurs KM, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Cvancarova Småstuen M, Stubhaug A, Solberg Nes L (2020)
Digital Self-Management in Support of Patients Living With Chronic Pain: Feasibility Pilot Study
JMIR Form Res, 4 (10), e23893
DOI 10.2196/23893, PubMed 33094734

Børøsund E, Varsi C, Clark MM, Ehlers SL, Andrykowski MA, Sleveland HRS, Bergland A, Nes LS (2020)
Pilot testing an app-based stress management intervention for cancer survivors
Transl Behav Med, 10 (3), 770-780
DOI 10.1093/tbm/ibz062, PubMed 31330023

Børøsund E, Ehlers SL, Varsi C, Clark MM, Andrykowski MA, Cvancarova M, Solberg Nes L (2020)
Results from a randomized controlled trial testing StressProffen; an application-based stress-management intervention for cancer survivors
Cancer Med, 9 (11), 3775-3785
DOI 10.1002/cam4.3000, PubMed 32243717

Paulsen MM, Paur I, Gjestland J, Henriksen C, Varsi C, Tangvik RJ, Andersen LF (2020)
Effects of using the MyFood decision support system on hospitalized patients' nutritional status and treatment: A randomized controlled trial
Clin Nutr, 39 (12), 3607-3617
DOI 10.1016/j.clnu.2020.03.012, PubMed 32241711

Seljelid B, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Stenehjem AE, Bollerslev J, Børøsund E (2020)
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, 20 (1), 46
DOI 10.1186/s12911-020-1065-8, PubMed 32131808

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 (2020)
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, 22 (1), e15889
DOI 10.2196/15889, PubMed 31961331

Publications 2019

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 (2019)
Implementation Strategies to Enhance the Implementation of eHealth Programs for Patients With Chronic Illnesses: Realist Systematic Review
J Med Internet Res, 21 (9), e14255
DOI 10.2196/14255, PubMed 31573934

Asbjørnsen RA, Smedsrød ML, Solberg Nes L, Wentzel J, Varsi C, Hjelmesæth J, van Gemert-Pijnen JE (2019)
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, 21 (6), e14265
DOI 10.2196/14265, PubMed 31228174

Paulsen MM, Varsi C, Paur I, Tangvik RJ, Andersen LF (2019)
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, 3 (2), e11890
DOI 10.2196/11890, PubMed 31094333

Ledel Solem IK, Varsi C, Eide H, Kristjansdottir OB, Mirkovic J, Børøsund E, Haaland-Øverby M, Heldal K, Schreurs KM, Waxenberg LB, Weiss KE, Morrison EJ, Solberg Nes L (2019)
Patients' Needs and Requirements for eHealth Pain Management Interventions: Qualitative Study
J Med Internet Res, 21 (4), e13205
DOI 10.2196/13205, PubMed 30877780

Publications 2017

Gammon D, Strand M, Eng LS, Børøsund E, Varsi C, Ruland C (2017)
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, 19 (5), e145
DOI 10.2196/jmir.7524, PubMed 28465277

Publications 2015

Varsi C, Ekstedt M, Gammon D, Ruland CM (2015)
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, 17 (11), e262
DOI 10.2196/jmir.5091, PubMed 26582138

Varsi C, Ekstedt M, Gammon D, Børøsund E, Ruland CM (2015)
Middle Managers' Experiences and Role in Implementing an Interactive Tailored Patient Assessment eHealth Intervention in Clinical Practice
Comput Inform Nurs, 33 (6), 249-57
DOI 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000158, PubMed 25988851

Publications 2013

Varsi C, Gammon D, Wibe T, Ruland CM (2013)
Patients' reported reasons for non-use of an internet-based patient-provider communication service: qualitative interview study
J Med Internet Res, 15 (11), e246
DOI 10.2196/jmir.2683, PubMed 24220233

Publications 2012

Wibe T, Ekstedt M, Hellesø R, Varsi C, Ruland C (2012)
"You are not at all bothersome" - nurses' online communication with testicular cancer patients
NI 2012 (2012), 2012, 453
PubMed 24199140

Wibe T, Hellesø R, Varsi C, Ruland C, Ekstedt M (2012)
How does an online patient-nurse communication service meet the information needs of men with recently diagnosed testicular cancer?
ISRN Nurs, 2012, 260975
DOI 10.5402/2012/260975, PubMed 23251816

Publications 2009

Ruland CM, Borosund E, Varsi C (2009)
User requirements for a practice-integrated nurse-administered online communication service for cancer patients
Stud Health Technol Inform, 146, 221-5
DOI 10.3233/978-1-60750-024-7-221, PubMed 19592838

Varsi C, Ruland CM (2009)
Congruence between nursing problems in nursing care plans and NANDA nursing diagnoses
Stud Health Technol Inform, 146, 778-9
DOI 10.3233/978-1-60750-024-7-778, PubMed 19592976

My projects

eCHANGE

Using eHealth design to facilitate weight maintenance following initial weight loss

eHealth outpatient consultations

Use of video solutions in outpatient consultations

Involve me

eHealth solutions for patients with non functioning pituitary adenomas and patients receiving renal replacement therapy

Living well with chronic pain (EPIO©™)

Using person-centered eHealth design to support self-management for patiens with chronic pain

SuperSmart

A digital solution for stress management in children