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Existential perspectives and existential competence in professional practice

Research group manager

Tove Giske
Oddgeir Arne Synnes

Responsible units(s)

Faculty of Health Studies
Centre of Diaconia and Professional Practice


The EXISTENTIAL-research group will develop knowledge about the basis for human existential/spiritual being, and how such basic fundamental conditions may be related to health and wellbeing. We explore phenomena across the life-span such as dignity, suffering, vulnerability, shame, guilt, hope, love, belonging, meaning, the holy/sacred, death, aesthetics, art, and more. We also look into how humans experience and interpret this in relation to world-view, culture, values and traditions. EXISTENTIAL-research is interested in how such fundamental phenomena may appear in different settings where patients/clients and their relatives receive healthcare and social support. We are also concerned with the implications this has for the education of professional practice. The VID existential-research group is open to persons throughout VID with a research interest in this area.


Love in connectedness: A theoretical study (2015)
Rykkje, Linda;Eriksson, Katie;Råholm, Maj-Britt
Sage Open
Discerning the healing path - how nurses assist patient spirituality in diverse health care settings (2015)
Giske, Tove;Cone, Pamela H
Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN)
Tru og bibelbruk som meistring ved alvorleg sjukdom. (2016)
Lavik, Marta Høyland;Braut, Geir Sverre
Omsorg: Nordisk tidsskrift for Palliativ Medisin
Sjelesorg på plass : på sporet av dagens sjelesorgpraksis i Den norske kirke (2016)
Grung, Anne Hege;Danbolt, Lars Johan;Stifoss-Hanssen, Hans
Tidsskrift for Praktisk Teologi (TPT)
Dignity in cancer care : a discussion based on three narratives written by nurses (2016)
Mæland, Marie Kvamme;Eriksen, Elin Overaa
Daring involvement and the importance of compulsory activities as first-year students learn person-centred care in nursing homes (2016)
Haugland, Britt Øvrebø;Giske, Tove
Nurse Education in Practice
Storytelling as a dignity-preserving practice in palliative care (2016)
Synnes, Oddgeir
"Vi er tre når vi er to" Ansvar og rettferdighet i Emmanuel Levinas' filosofi (2016)
Thomassen, Magdalene
Fontene forskning
Searching for Life Meaning: Spiritual Discourses in Dementia Leadership Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (2016)
McSherry, Wilfred;Suckling, Steve;Boughey, Adam
Journal for the Study of Spirituality
To Make Room or Not to Make Room: Clients’ Narratives About Exclusion and Inclusion of Spirituality in Family Therapy Practice (2017)
Holmberg, Åse;Jensen, Per;Ulland, Dagfinn
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Nyere sorgforståelse og ulike sorgmodeller (2017)
Austad, Anne
Omsorg: Nordisk tidsskrift for Palliativ Medisin
Tilknytning og bønn : sammenhenger mellom tilknytningserfaringer og opplevd relasjon til Gud i bønn (2017)
Mæland, Elisabeth
Tidsskrift for sjelesorg
Er det rom for livssynstemaer i dagens psykisk helsearbeid? (2017)
Borge, Lisbet;Mæland, Elisabeth
Klinisk Sygepleje