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Maria Bjerk

Maria Bjerk


The PhD research project examines how a falls prevention programme affects health-related quality of life, fear of falling and physical measures. The programme is conducted among older people with home help services who have experienced at least one fall. Six municipalities in Akershus participate in the project and over 150 older people have been included from these municipalities.

Before becoming a PhD research fellow, I have worked several years as a physiotherapist and managed an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team in community health service. In 2011-13, I took an MSc in Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Physiotherapy   Health sciences   Health service and health administration research

Subject areas

Rehabilitation   Gerontology   Disease prevention   Fysioterapi   Health Related Quality of Life   Primary health care services   Aging and health   Home care services   Fallforbygging



Research projects

Scientific publications

Bjerk, Maria ; Flottorp, Signe A.; Pripp, Are Hugo ; Øien, Henning; Hansen, Tonya Moen; Foy, Robbie; Close, Jacqueline; Linnerud, Siv ; Brovold, Therese ; Solli, Rune ; Olsen, Nina Rydland; Skelton, Dawn A.; Rydwik, Elisabeth; Helbostad, Jorunn L.; Idland, Gro; Kvæl, Linda ; Vieira, Edgar; Taraldsen, Kristin (2024). Tailored implementation of national recommendations on fall prevention among older adults in municipalities in Norway (FALLPREVENT trial): a study protocol for a cluster-randomised trial. Implementation Science. Vol. 19.

Tingulstad, Alexander; Meneses Echavez, Jose Francisco; Holtet Evensen, Line; Bjerk, Maria ; Berg, Rigmor (2022). Effectiveness of work-related interventions for return to work in people on sick leave: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. 16 p. Systematic Reviews. Vol. 11.

Lærum-Onsager, Ellisiv ; Molin, Marianne ; Olsen, Cecilie Fromholt ; Bye, Asta ; Debesay, Jonas ; Hestevik, Christine Hillestad; Bjerk, Maria ; Pripp, Are Hugo (2021). Effect of nutritional and physical exercise intervention on hospital readmission for patients aged 65 or older: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. 14 p. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Vol. 18.

Cederbom, Sara; Bjerk, Maria ; Bergland, Astrid (2020). A qualitative study exploring physical therapists’ views on the Otago Exercise Programme for fall prevention: a stepping stone to “age in place” and to give faith in the future. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Cederbom, Sara; Bjerk, Maria ; Bergland, Astrid (2020). The tensions between micro-, meso- and macro-levels: physiotherapists’ views of their role towards fall prevention in the community – a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research. Vol. 20.

Pallesen, Hanne; Bjerk, Maria ; Roer Pedersen, Asger; Feldbæk Nielsen, Jørgen; Evald, Lars (2019). The Effects of High-Intensity Aerobic Exercise on Cognitive Performance After Stroke: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial. 9 p. Journal of central nervous system disease. Vol. 11.

Bjerk, Maria ; Brovold, Therese ; Skelton, Dawn A; Liu-Ambrose, Teresa; Bergland, Astrid (2019). Effects of a falls prevention exercise programme on health-related quality of life in older home care recipients: a randomised controlled trial. 7 p. Age and Ageing. Vol. 48.

Bjerk, Maria ; Brovold, Therese ; Davis, Jennifer C; Bergland, Astrid (2019). Evaluating a falls prevention intervention in older home care recipients: a comparison of SF-6D and EQ-5D. 9 p. Quality of Life Research.

Bjerk, Maria ; Brovold, Therese ; Davis, Jennifer C; Skelton, Dawn A; Bergland, Astrid (2019). Health-related quality of life in home care recipients after a falls prevention intervention: a 6-month follow-up. 6 p. European Journal of Public Health.

Bjerk, Maria ; Brovold, Therese ; Skelton, Dawn A; Bergland, Astrid (2018). Associations between health-related quality of life, physical function and fear of falling in older fallers receiving home care. 8 p. BMC Geriatrics. Vol. 18.

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