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Anniken Fleisje

Anniken Fleisje


I have a master’s degree in philosophy and work on medical ethics. My PhD project is about paternalism and autonomy in doctor-patient communication. To be more specific, I explore what happens in the conversation when a doctor suggests one treatment course but the patient wants another – and how doctors should behave in situations like these.

My project rests on qualitative analyses of video-recorded doctor-patient encounters, as well as normative discussions. Some central questions are: Is it acceptable to persuade a patient to treatment when the patient is reluctant? How can patient fear affect shared decision-making, and what should doctors do when patients are afraid of treatment? What kind of information should doctors give patients about upcoming treatment – and why?

Research groups

Research projects

  • Paternalism in doctor-patient communication

    A doctor acts paternalistically if she forces, pressures or deceives a patient because she believes that it will make him better off. Examples of paternalism in medical ethics include compulsory treatment, refraining from telling a patient about the severity of his condition to protect him from anxiety, and refusing to offer a treatment that the patient requests on the grounds that he might regret it later.

Publications and research


Fleisje, Anniken (2023). "Don't throw the paternalist out with the bathwater". Oslo Communication in Health Care Education and Research. Oslo Communication in Healthcare Education & Research group.

Fleisje, Anniken (2022). Alle har et ansvar for å dempe konfliktnivået. VG : Verdens gang.

Fleisje, Anniken (2022). Korona-avgift for uvaksinerte.

Fleisje, Anniken (2021). Hvordan skal vi møte vaksineskeptikere? Press og utskjelling funker neppe. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.) .

Fleisje, Anniken (2021). Det er alvorlig når noen blir vaksinert ufrivillig. VG : Verdens gang.

Fleisje, Anniken (2017). Tvang i behandling av anoreksipasienter. Internundervisning. Regional seksjon spiseforstyrrelser.

Fleisje, Anniken (2017). Tvangsbehandling av anoreksipasienter. Internundervisning. Regional seksjon spiseforstyrrelser.

Teigmo, Anne-Mai W.; Fleisje, Anniken (2017). "Kan legen tvinge pasienten til behandling?".

Fleisje, Anniken (2017). Medical paternalism towards competent patients. OCHER workshop on Clinical Communication Research. Oslo Communication in Healthcare Education and Research.

Sundquist, Jonas; Fleisje, Anniken (2016). "Når kan tvang være legitimt?".

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete