Elin Børøsund

Senior Researcher




+47 92667161

Current position

Senior Researcher


Privacy, security and GDPR (2018). BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo

Post-doctoral fellowship (2015-2017). Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo   

Project Management (2016), BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo

PhD (2015), University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital, Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research. Aspects of uptake, use and effectiveness of eHealth interventions for self-management support and patient-provider communication.

Master of nursing science (2006), University of Oslo.

Registered nurse (1992), Sykepleierhøgskolen i Molde, Molde

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Børøsund has a central role in many projects at the Department of Digital Health Research. Her research embraces studies on development effect studies of digital (eHealth) interventions and communication solutions for people with chronic and complex health challenges. She is the primary investigator for the InvolveMe project, which has adapted and developed a symptom assessment tool for people living with chronic illnesses and who is followed up with regular outpatient consultations. Dr. Børøsund also has a key role in the Stress Management Study (project administrator) where an evidence-based digital stress management program, StressProffen, has been developed, and is currently tested in an ongoing study of people living with cancer. She has expertise in mixed methods with a particular focus on quantitative methods for effect testing of digital solutions, and leads the department's internal group for privacy and security protection. In addition, Dr Børøsund is a supervisor for several doctoral and master's candidates and is a frequently used lecturer in eHealth.


Registered nurse, authorisation/license number: 4744721


  • 2021-2024: Dam Foundation (#2021/FO347303): “The Caregiver Pathway – An intervention to support caregivers of critically ill patients”. Three years funding of a PhD candidate.

  • 2018: Oslo University Hospital - Internal funding: "From Powerlessness to Empowerment: An intervention study to support patient caregivers at the Medical Intensive Care Unit”. 250 000 NOK

  • 2017-2020: The Norwegian Nurses Organization (#847382): "Implementing eHealth interventions into regular clinical practice to enhance care planning, communication and patient involvement”. Three years funding of a PhD candidate.

Other appointments

2020 -             Fagnettverk, Division of Medicine, Oslo University Hospital Oslo, Norway (member).

2018 -             Committee for Privacy and Security, Department of Digital Health Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway


2017 -             Research group for Quality of Life and Health Economics, Department of Transplantation Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (member).

2017-              The leadership team at Department of Digital Health Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (member).

2015-2018     Union representative, Norwegian Nurses Society, Center for Shared Decision Making and Collaborative Care Research,  Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (member)

2008-              Research group for the Department of Digital Health Research, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (member).

2007               The Council for Education, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway (member)

2005-2009     The patient safety committee at Rikshospitalet Hospital (member)


University of Costa Rica, Research Center for Nursing and Health Care, Costa Rica.

University of Concepción, Faculty of Nursing, Chile.

Oslo University Hospital, Oslo.

VID Specialized University, Faculty of Health Studies, Oslo.


Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Tilburg University, School of Social and behavioral Sciences, The Netherlands

University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences, Dept. Psychology, Health & Technology, The Netherlands

University of Costa Rica, Center for Research in Nursing and Health Care, Costa Rica.

University of Concepción, Faculty of Nursing, Chile.

Landspitali Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Island

University of Oslo, Institute of Health and Society, Department of Nursing Science, Oslo.

Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Department of Rheumatology, Oslo.

Oslo University Hospital, Division of Medicine, Department of Specialized Endocrinology, Oslo.

Oslo University Hospital, Division of Medicine Department of Nephrology, Oslo, Norway.

Oslo University Hospital, Division of Medicine, Department of Acute Medicine, Oslo, Norway.

Oslo University Hospital, Division of Medicine, Department of klinisk service, Oslo, Norway.


Publications 2021

Seljelid B, Varsi C, Solberg Nes L, Øystese KA, Børøsund E (2021)
A Digital Patient-Provider Communication Intervention (InvolveMe): Qualitative Study on the Implementation Preparation Based on Identified Facilitators and Barriers
J Med Internet Res, 23 (4), e22399
DOI 10.2196/22399, PubMed 33830063

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 (2021)
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 (1), 275
DOI 10.1186/s12913-021-06278-7, PubMed 33766028

Varsi C, Stenehjem AE, Børøsund E, Solberg Nes L (2021)
Video as an alternative to in-person consultations in outpatient renal transplant recipient follow-up: a qualitative study
BMC Nephrol, 22 (1), 105
DOI 10.1186/s12882-021-02284-3, PubMed 33752608

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

Kristjansdottir OB, Børøsund E, Westeng M, Ruland C, Stenberg U, Zangi HA, Stange K, Mirkovic J (2020)
Mobile App to Help People With Chronic Illness Reflect on Their Strengths: Formative Evaluation and Usability Testing
JMIR Form Res, 4 (3), e16831
DOI 10.2196/16831, PubMed 32130126

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

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 2018

Børøsund E, Mirkovic J, Clark MM, Ehlers SL, Andrykowski MA, Bergland A, Westeng M, Solberg Nes L (2018)
A Stress Management App Intervention for Cancer Survivors: Design, Development, and Usability Testing
JMIR Form Res, 2 (2), e19
DOI 10.2196/formative.9954, PubMed 30684438

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, 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 2014

Børøsund E, Cvancarova M, Moore SM, Ekstedt M, Ruland CM (2014)
Comparing effects in regular practice of e-communication and Web-based self-management support among breast cancer patients: preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial
J Med Internet Res, 16 (12), e295
DOI 10.2196/jmir.3348, PubMed 25525672

Ekstedt M, Børøsund E, Svenningsen IK, Ruland CM (2014)
Reducing errors through a web-based self-management support system
Stud Health Technol Inform, 201, 328-34
DOI 10.3233/978-1-61499-415-2-328, PubMed 24943563

Publications 2013

Børøsund E, Ruland CM, Moore S, Ekstedt M (2013)
Nurses' experiences of using an interactive tailored patient assessment tool one year past implementation
Int J Med Inform, 83 (7), e23-34
DOI 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.10.010, PubMed 24268722

Ruland CM, Maffei RM, Børøsund E, Krahn A, Andersen T, Grimsbø GH (2013)
Evaluation of different features of an eHealth application for personalized illness management support: cancer patients' use and appraisal of usefulness
Int J Med Inform, 82 (7), 593-603
DOI 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.02.007, PubMed 23507561

Børøsund E, Cvancarova M, Ekstedt M, Moore SM, Ruland CM (2013)
How user characteristics affect use patterns in web-based illness management support for patients with breast and prostate cancer
J Med Internet Res, 15 (3), e34
DOI 10.2196/jmir.2285, PubMed 23454601

Ruland CM, Andersen T, Jeneson A, Moore S, Grimsbø GH, Børøsund E, Ellison MC (2013)
Effects of an internet support system to assist cancer patients in reducing symptom distress: a randomized controlled trial
Cancer Nurs, 36 (1), 6-17
DOI 10.1097/NCC.0b013e31824d90d4, PubMed 22495503

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

Publications 2008

Børøsund E (2008)
Sykepleie til pasienter med infeksjonssykdommer
In Klinisk sykepleie, S. 631-677
BIBSYS 08095796x

Publications 2006

Børøsund E (2006)
Kjønnsforskjeller innen selvrapporterte symptomer og problemer hos kreftpasienter: en tverrsnittstudie av pasienter med leukemi eller lymfomtidlig i behandlingsforløpet
E. Børøsund, Oslo, IV, 89 s.
BIBSYS 06175286x

My projects


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

Stress Management in Cancer (StressProffen©™)

A cognitive behavioral stress management intervention for patients with cancer