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Kjartan Vibe Fersum, Prof. Dr.

Kjartan Vibe Fersum, Prof. Dr.

Docent Kjartan Vibe Fersum

Kjartan Vibe Fersum is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a researcher. He is currently combining work in a private clinic in Bergen, Norway 3 days a week, in addition to working 50% as an associate Professor at University of Bergen. His research interest lies in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal pain disorders and the title of his PhD thesis was “Classification and targeted treatment of patients with Non Specific Chronic Low Back Pain” where Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) was the core work of the thesis.

He was the lead investigator of the first randomized controlled trial on CFT to test the efficacy of this intervention compared to manual therapy and exercises for long lasting low back pain, published in The European Journal of Pain in 2013. He is also part of a international collaboration group behind the pain-ed website ( that aims to translate the latest research regarding the cognitive functional therapy, informing both the public and other health care professionals.

He is currently one of the principal investigator for a another randomized controlled trial (FaKTa project) to test CFT compared to neuroscience education and exercise among patients with long lasting back pain in elderly care (nursing homes and home care).


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