Dr. Ovretveit is Director of Research and Professor of Health care innovation, implementation, and evaluation at the Medical Management Centre, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and previously Professor of Health Policy and Management at Bergen University Medical School, Norway and at the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dr. Ovretveit's work is based on the belief that organization and management can bring out the best and worst in people, and that the right organization design is critical for effective health care. A theme underlying his work is how practical research can contribute both to better care for patients and to “healthy work organization”. Much of his work uses different social sciences to explain and predict events and processes in health care and clinical practice.
His current research examines implementation of management and organization improvements, and clinical care coordination for safety and lower costs. His research publications on leading value improvement explore the costs and savings of quality improvements. Some earlier work describes action evaluation methods for giving rapid feedback for service providers and policymakers to improve their services and for assessing the role of context on implementation.
John is a Norwegian-Brit with expertise in the fields of health service quality, health management, organization, evaluation, interprofessional cooperation, and health reform. He has undertaken health evaluation and development projects in a number of African countries, Yemen, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Baltic countries and the USA.
Translations of some of his 300 peer reviewed scientific papers and books have been made into nine languages. Six books have won publication awards, including twice winner of the European Health Management Association Award and the Baxter health publication of the year prize for “Action Evaluation” (2002) and “Health Service Quality” (1992). He is currently a reviewer for and editorial board member of eight scientific health journals, a board member of the Joint Commission Resources/ International, of the UK NHS national research and commissioning programme for service and delivery and organization, and advisor since 1995 to The Netherlands Health Service Research Council.