Gro Killi Haugstad

Gro Killi Haugstad
Oslo Metropolitan University · Department of Physiotherapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Introduction
Gro Killi Haugstad currently works at the Department of Physiotherapy, OsloMet University. Gro does research in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology and Applied Psychology. Their current project is 'Somatocognitive therapy in women with CPP.'
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August 1998 - present
Oslo Metropolitan University
Position
  • Associate Professor - working with master in mental health and master in physiotherapy
Description
  • I am working with chronic pain condition. I use the label Somatocognitive therapy to chronic pain - a hybrid of physiotherapy and cognitive therapy -
August 1998 - April 2014
Oslo Metropolitan University
Position
  • Associate Professor, working in bachelor programe of physiotherapy, and in the master programme of Physiotherapy, and master programme of mental health
Description
  • I am teaching in pain management, longstanding pain treatment and coping, somatocognitive therapy and also cognitve therapy.
January 1998 - present
University of Oslo
Position
  • Physiotherapy scientist
Description
  • I work here as a scientist in 10 %

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Publications (64)
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Background Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a prevalent chronic pain condition especially among young women. Pain is localized to the vulvar vestibule and is provoked by touch or pressure, such as penetrative intercourse. PVD can have profound consequences, adversely affecting a woman’s sexual life, relation to her partner, and her psychological he...
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Background: Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a prevalent chronic pain condition especially among young women. Pain is localized to the vulvar vestibule and is provoked by touch or pressure, such as penetrative intercourse. PVD can have profound consequences, adversely affecting a woman’s sexual life, relation to her partner and her psychological he...
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Background Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is characterized by severe pain, often induced by penetrative sex. This may lead to women abstaining from sexual intercourse, hence the recording of pain intensity levels in PVD research is often challenging. The standardized tampon test was designed as an alternative outcome measure to sexual intercourse pa...
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We explored the experiences of sexual intimacy in women living with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), a chronic pain condition where pain at the vaginal opening is triggered by touch. We conducted in-depth interviews with nine women who had suffered from PVD. Our findings reveal that their ability to trust and accept themselves is essential to how the...
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Background: Longstanding gynecological pain affects large numbers of women in the Western world. Somatocognitive therapy (SCT), a hybrid of cognitive psychotherapy and physiotherapy, is an evidence-based approach that has been successfully applied in the treatment of women suffering from such disorders, for example chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and pro...
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Background and aims Women with chronic pelvic pain represent a heterogeneous group, and it is suggested that the existence of sub-groups can explain varying results and inconclusiveness in clinical trials. Some predictors of treatment outcome are suggested, but the evidence is limited. The primary aim of this study was to explore if selected pre-tr...
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Objectives Living with severe lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a very stressful situation. The way patients cope may impact their symptoms of anxiety and depression and physical function as well. We studied how ways of coping are associated with levels of emotional distress and lung function in patients with COPD be...
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Introduction: Chronic pelvic pain in women is a complex condition, and physical therapy is recommended as part of a broader treatment approach. The objective of this study was to compare structured group-based multimodal physical therapy in a hospital setting (intervention group) with primary care physical therapy (comparator group) for women with...
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Background and aims Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a common persistent pain state among women in the Western world, causing dyspareunia, psychological distress and challenges against fertility. Therapies aimed at relieving pain (physiotherapy) and psychological distress (psychotherapy) are often recommended, sometimes in multimodal combinations....
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Background and aims Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in women is a complex condition that can seriously impact health and quality of life. Clinical guidelines for CPP place great demands on healthcare professionals, as they require both specialized knowledge about the pelvic area and knowledge of the mechanisms of chronic pain. To ensure best possible ass...
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Scand J Pain. 2018 Apr 25;18(2):221-227. doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2017-0173. Pain, psychological distress and motor pattern in women with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) - symptom characteristics and therapy suggestions. Haugstad GK1, Wojniusz S1,2, Kirste UM3, Kirschner RS4, Lilleheie I1, Haugstad TS5. Author information 1 Department of Physiotherapy, F...
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Introduction Nonspecific chronic low back pain is a multifactorial biopsychosocial health problem where accurate assessments of pain, function and movement are vital. There are few reliable and valid assessment tools evaluating movement quality, hence the aim was to investigate nonspecific chronic low back pain patients’ movement patterns with the...
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Background and aims: Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) represent a longstanding pain syndrome that affects large numbers of women worldwide. However, no standardized guidelines for PVD treatment exist. In a cross-sectional pilot study we examined 30 PVD patients on multidimensional parameters including pain, psychological distress and quality of movem...
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Although provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) represents a significant challenge for many young women in the Western world, little is known about how these women experience therapeutic efforts. The aim of this paper is to enhance our knowledge of the way that the therapeutic process is experienced by women with PVD undergoing somatocognitive therapy (SCT)...
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Forskningsspørmål; 1) Hva karkateriserer kvinner med langvarige underlivssmerter? 2) Er det forskjell i smertenivå og subjektiv helsestatus mellom kvinner som har vært utsatt for overgrep og eller har utført kirurgi i underliv/ abdomen og de som ikke har en slik historie? Oppsummering av funn; 1)Kvinner med underlivssmerter har sammensatte plager,...
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Hensikt; 1) Beskrive smerter hos pasinet r med MS som deltar på et rehbiliteringsopphold2) Undersøke sammenhenger mellom sammenhenger mellom smerteintensitet og fatigue, depresjon , søvn og livskvalitet. Resultater; 94% av pasientne rapporterete smerte. NRS 4,1, 94 % av pasientene rapporterete fatigue, 17% mulig depresjon og 2 av deltakerne rapport...
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Experiences from encounters with somatocognitive therapy: A qualitative study based on interviews of women with provoked vestibulodynia Introduction: Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a persistent pain condition associated with the female vulva. PVD represents a great challenge for a large number of young women in the Western world, and little is k...
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Abstract Posture, movement, respiration and kinesiophobia in patients with nonspecific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) Introduction: NSCLBP is a multifactorial biopsychosocial health problem where accurate assessments of pain, function and movement are vital. There are few reliable and valid assessments tools evaluating movement quality, hence the a...
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ABSTRACT Cognitive and Somatic Intervention - a non randomized clinical trial Introduction: The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in work participation and health related quality of life after an outpatient cognitive and somatic «return to work» intervention. Materials/Methods: 47 patients with musculoskeletal pain and psychological...
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Objective: We sought to investigate type and prevalence of psychiatric disorders and psychological distress in patients being evaluated for lung transplantation. Methods: One hundred eighteen patients were assessed [74% with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)] with the MINI Neuropsychiatric Interview, the General Health Questionnaire (...
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Abstract In this study we explored the experiences of Norwegian women living with vestibulodynia, a chronic disease affecting young women all over the world. Using a phenomenological approach we conducted in-depth interviews with eight women who had struggled with vestibulodynia for several years. Our findings reveal that their efforts to fulfill t...
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In this study we explored the experiences of Norwegian women living with vestibulodynia, a chronic disease affecting young women all over the world. Using a phenomenological approach we conducted in-depth interviews with eight women who had struggled with vestibulodynia for several years. Our findings reveal that their efforts to fulfil their partn...
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Background: Longstanding gynecological pain affects large numbers of women in the Western world. In recently published studies, we have found that a hybrid of physiotherapy and cognitive psychotherapy called somatocognitive therapy (SCT) ameliorates physical symptoms and psychological distress. In this paper, we report on the experiences of underg...
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Preliminary results show that the students supervised by experienced therapists managed the complex challenge of treating PVD patients with somatocognitive therapy. The patients seemed to benefit from this form of therapy, as demonstrated by considered lowering of pain scores and improvements in static and dynamic motor patterns and score, and lowe...
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Chronic genital pain in women treated with somatocognitive therapy in a student out-patient clinic – a preliminary report. Gro Killi Haugstad, Rolf Kirschner, Marit Fougner, Ingvild Lilleheie, Linda Hartford Kvæl, Unni Kirste, Tor S. Haugstad Introduction Chronic unexplained vulvar pain, provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a major health concern among...
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Chronic genital pain in women treated with somatocognitive therapy in a student out-patient clinic – a preliminary report. Gro Killi Haugstad, Rolf Kirschner, Marit Fougner, Ingvild Lilleheie, Linda Hartford Kvæl, Unni Kirste, Tor S. Haugstad Introduction Chronic unexplained vulvar pain, provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a major health concern among...
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Conclusion 1) Preliminary results show that the students supervised by experienced therapists managed the complex challenge of treating PVD patients with somatocognitive therapy, and that 2) the patients seemed to benefit from this form of therapy, as demonstrated by considerable lowering of pain scores and improvement in static and dynamic motor...
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Promising results using somatocognitive therapy for these gynecological patients with longstanding pain syndromes. More studies are needed, including other groups of patients, using this new approach combining physiotherapy and psychotherapy We need to understand the mechanisms behind the development of these longstanding pain syndromes, as well as...
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Somatocognitive therapy to PVD has promising results. After 1 year follow up the patients have significantly reduced pain score (VAS) and fear of movement (TAMPA). In qualitative interviews the patients experience more relaxation and better body awareness.
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Aim: The objective of the present study is to describe the content of pain curricula and the time designated to pain education for different healthcare professionals in Norway.
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To describe the content of pain curricula and the time designated to pain education for different Healthcare Professionals in Norway. The study describes great differences in how Norwegian Healthcare educational institutions organize their pain curricula.
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Longstanding pain is Associated With alterations in static and dynamic motor patterns of respiration. We have developed and validated a method of assessment of motor behaviours including breathing movements (The Standardized Mensendieck Test, SMT), and a therapy modality that integrates physiotherapy and cognitive psychotherapy (somatocognitive the...
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29 Innledning Deltakelse i fritidsaktiviteter rommer et stort potensial for mennesker i alle aldre. Mennesker med psykiske lidel ser deltar mindre enn andre i fritidsaktiviteter, og det er der-for grunn til å tro at de ikke utnytter mulighetene i disse fellesskapene. Egen erfaring fra lokalbasert psykisk helsear-beid er at det finnes ulike tilbud,...
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Fysioterapi med vekt på kognitive strategier ved langvarige underlivssmerter er av stor relevans
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Abstract Background: Somatocognitive therapy (SCT) has been developed as a hybrid of physiotherapy and cognitive psychotherapy. In this short term body oriented therapy, the goal is to achieve new body awareness related to the activities of daily living and replace dysfunctional cognitive schemata related to somatosensory and emotional experiences....
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Historic background and development of our somatocognitive approach Mensendieck physiotherapy of the Oslo School is a tradition of physiotherapy founded by the American physician Bess Mensendieck, a contemporary and fellow student of Sigmund Freud at the Paris School of Neurology. It builds on the principles of functional anatomy and the theories o...
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Longstanding pain syndromes are among the greatest threats to health and welfare in the western world. Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is affecting 4 % of all women, leading to excess therapies, and even futile surgical interventions. In the context of contemporary approaches to assessments of motor functions and therapeutic interventions, we present the...
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Introduction. Longstanding pain syndromes are among the greatest threats to health and welfare in the western world. The etiologies of these syndromes are often complex and unclear. For instance, chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is affecting up to 4% of all women, leading to excess therapies, and even futile surgical interventions. In the context of conte...
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Introduction We have developed somatocognitive therapy as a hybrid of Mensendieck physiotherapy and cognitive psychotherapy. Womenwith chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and vulvodynia (chronic pain of the vulvae and vestibulum, VD) were recruited into two separate treatment protocols as described. Methods 60 patients with CPP were recruited from the Depar...
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Chronic pelvic pain is a common source of disability among women in the western world. Here we report that 3 months of Mensendieck somatocognitive intervention in chronic pelvic pain patients was followed by continued improvements of outcomes at 1-year follow-up in a randomized, controlled study design. Forty women with chronic pelvic pain unexplai...
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Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a common cause of infirmity but is still poorly understood. We studied the clinical characteristics, including body awareness, of 60 women with this diagnosis compared to those of healthy controls in an effort to understand its pathophysiology and to develop a more efficient treatment protocol. After prior gynecologic a...
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A standardized test was developed to evaluate posture, movement, gait, sitting posture, and respiration of patients with psychosomatic disorders, based on the Mensendieck principles of observation and analysis of motor function. To validate the test and to make a comprehensive body examination of a defined group of patients, it was applied in a stu...
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The etiology of chronic pelvic pain is disputed and multifactorial. We studied the effect of Mensendieck somatocognitive therapy aimed at reducing physical pain by changing posture, movement and respiration patterns combined with standard gynecological treatment. Women with chronic pelvic pain unexplained by pelvic pathology were randomized into 2...
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This paper reviews empirical and clinical evidence of the aetiology and treatment of medically unexplained chronic pelvic pain in women. Clinical experience from an ongoing randomised treatment trial supplemented by computer-assisted reviews of studies obtained by a Premedline and Medline search (1996 to February 2002) and data from the Cochrane Da...

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Primary objective: To assess the effectiveness of somatocogntive therapy (SCT) versus treatment as usual (TAU) for the treatment of provoked localized vestibulodynia (PVD). Secondary objectives: 1) To identify possible predictors of treatment success or failure 2) To identify possible mediators of treatment success 3)To describe what type of treatments are utilized by PVD patients included in the TAU group