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  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1998)
  • Master of Physiotherapy (2006)
  • Master's in physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet - metropolitan university (2022)


  • PhD scholar at the Unit for Health Service Research and Innovation, Diakonhjemmet Hospital

Field of interest

  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical function
  • Physical activity and training
  • Rheumatic disease


  • President of Norwegian Interdisciplinary Organization in Rheumatology, NIOR (2017-2021)


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visiting address

Diakonhjemmet hospital
Diakonveien 12
0370 Oslo

Postal address

Diakohjemmet hospital
PO Box 23 Vinderen
0319 Oslo


WP7 - Empowering the individual


Active with web-based support

Project Manager:
Anne Therese Tveter
WP4 - Managing comorbidities


Better cardiovascular health for patients with inflammatory joint disease

Project Manager:
Anne Therese Tveter
WP1 - Optimized medical interventions

NOR Sprint

Follow-up of newly diagnosed patients with psoriatic arthritis with and without imaging

Project Manager:
Siri Lillegraven
WP6 - Dechiphering long-term outcomes


Early detection of spondyloarthritis

Project Manager:
Karen Minde Fagerli
WP7 - Empowering the individual


SPondylaritis Condition

Project Manager:
Sell ​​Aarrestad Provan


Publications taken from the National Science Archive (NVA):

Effect of high-intensity interval training in physiotherapy primary care for patients with inflammatory arthritis: The ExeHeart randomized controlled trial

Kristine Røren Nordén, Anne Grete Semb, Hanne Dagfinrud, Jonny Hisdal, Joseph Sexton, Camilla Fongen

RMD Open


Reduced sleep quality is highly prevalent and associated with physical function and cardiorespiratory fitness in patients with axial spondyloarthritis: a cross-sectional study

Camilla Fongen, Hanne Solveig Dagfinrud, Annelie Bilberg, Silje Halvorsen Sveaas

Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology


Criterion Validity and Responsiveness of Estimated Cardiorespiratory Fitness Models in Patients with Inflammatory Joint Disease

Kristine Røren Nordén, Hanne Dagfinrud, Anne Grete Semb, Jonny Hisdal, George S. Metsios, Joseph Sexton

Journal of Clinical Medicine


Associations between cardiovascular risk factors, disease activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in patients with inflammatory joint disease: a cross-sectional analysis

Kristine Røren Nordén, Anne Grete Semb, Hanne Dagfinrud, Jonny Hisdal, Sigrid Ødegård, Joseph Sexton

BMC sports science, medicine and rehabilitation


The AktiWeb study: feasibility of a web-based exercise program delivered by a patient organization to patients with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis

Kenth-Louis Hansen Joseph, Hanne Dagfinrud, Kåre Birger Hagen, Kristine Røren Nordén, Camilla Fongen, Ole-Martin Wold

BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies


Effect of high-intensity exercise on cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular disease risk and disease activity in patients with inflammatory joint disease: Protocol for the ExeHeart randomized controlled trial

Kristine Røren Nordén, Hanne Dagfinrud, Anne Grete Semb, Jonny Hisdal, Kirsten Kilvik Viktil, Joseph Sexton

BMJ Open


Do Illness Perceptions and Coping Strategies Change Over Time in Patients Recently Diagnosed With Axial Spondyloarthritis?

Miranda van Lunteren, Robert Landewé, Camilla Fongen, Roberta Ramonda, Désirée van der Heijde, Floris A. van Gaalen

Journal of Rheumatology


Responsiveness and Interpretability of 2 Measures of Physical Function in Patients with Spondyloarthritis

Camilla Fongen, Hanne Solveig Dagfinrud, Annelie Bilberg, Elisabeth Pedersen, Melissa Woll Johansen, Salima van Weely

Physical Therapy


Frequency of Impaired Spinal Mobility in Patients with Chronic Back Pain Compared to Patients with Early Axial Spondyloarthritis

Camilla Fongen, Hanne Dagfinrud, Inger Jorid Berg, Sofia Ramiro, Floris van Gaalen, Robert Landewé

Journal of Rheumatology


Associations Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Arterial Stiffness in Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Cross-sectional Study

Inger Jorid Berg, Anne Grete Semb, Silje Halvorsen Sveaas, Camilla Fongen, Desirée van der Heijde, Tore Kristian Kvien

Journal of Rheumatology


The Impact of Illness Perceptions and Coping on the Association Between Back Pain and Health Outcomes in Patients Suspected of Having Axial Spondyloarthritis: Data From the SPondyloArthritis Caught Early Cohort

Miranda van Lunteren, Margreet Scharloo, Zineb Ez‐Zaitouni, Anoek de Koning, Robert Landewe, Camilla Fongen

Arthritis care & research


Disease activity decrease is associated with improvement in work productivity over 1 year in early axial spondyloarthritis (SPondyloArthritis Caught Early cohort)

Miranda van Lunteren, Zineb Ez-Zaitouni, Camilla Fongen, Robert Landewe, Roberta Ramonda, Désirée van der Heijde



Evidence-Based Self-Management for Spondyloarthritis Patients

Wolfgang Leister, Camilla Fongen, Dag Soldal, Kåre Birger Hagen, Trenton Wade Schulz, Peder Aursand

International Journal on Advances in Life Sciences


Barriers and facilitators for being physically active in patients with ankylosing spondylitis: a cross-sectional comparative study

Camilla Fongen, Silje Halvorsen Sveaas, Hanne Dagfinrud

Musculoskeletal Care


Efficacy of High Intensity Exercise on Disease Activity and Cardiovascular Risk in Active Axial Spondyloarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

Silje Halvorsen Sveaas, Inger Jorid Berg, Sella Aarrestad Provan, Anne Grete Semb, Kåre Birger Hagen, Nina Køpke Vøllestad



High disease activity is related to low levels of physical activity in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

Camilla Fongen, Silje Halvorsen, Hanne Dagfinrud

Clinical Rheumatology


Physical Fitness in Patients With Ankylosing Spondylitis: Comparison With Population Controls

Silje Halvorsen, Nina Køpke Vøllestad, Camilla Fongen, Sella Aarrestad Provan, Anne Grete Semb, Kåre Birger Hagen

Physical Therapy


Exploring Tai Chi in rheumatoid arthritis: a quantitative and qualitative study

Till Uhlig, Camilla Fongen, Eldri Steen, Anne Christie, Sigrid Ødegård

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders