Petter Viksveen, BA MSc PhD


School of Health and Related Research
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Tel: +47 51 11 32 15

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I started my studies at the University of Sheffield in September 2011 and was awarded my PhD in February 2016. My former academic education includes: Bachelor Degree in Arts (main focus pedagogy) at the University of Oslo in 2006, followed by a Master of Science Degree (main focus homeopathy) at the University of Central Lancashire in 2009. In the period from November 2009 to April 2011 I worked for the University of Tromso (Norway), carrying out a systematic review of patients' experiences with five CAM therapies and serving as the Scientific Coordinator for the CAM-Cancer Consoritum for one year.

For over 20 years I have been in private clinical homeopathy practice in Stavanger on the South-Western coast of Norway. I have worked as a teacher and supervisor at the Scandinavian Institute for Classical Homeopathy in Oslo since 1999 and have also given a number of seminars and conference presentations for practitioners nationally and internationally. Moreover, I have been Chairperson and board member of various professional organisations nationally and internationally since the late 1980s. I am currently a Trustee, coordinator and advisor for three different research organisations and networks.

Research Interests

  • Depression and other mental health research
  • Clinical research, qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Health economics

Teaching Interests

Many, ranging from curriculum and course development to developing teaching methodologies and supervising individual students.

Professional Activities

Research, clinical practice, teaching.

Current Projects

My topic is clinical research in depression. I am using a 'cmRCT' approach to evaluating the clinical effectiveness of treatments for depression. Patients receive either 'treatment as usual' (TAU) or homeopathy as an adjunct to TAU. I am assessing patients' experiences with treatment, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The trial is up and running and will be finalised by the end of 2014. ISRCTN02484593

Key Publications

Depression treated by homeopaths: A study protocol for a pragmatic cohort multiple randomised controlled trial. Homeopathy, submitted.

Viksveen P, Dymitr Z, Simoens S
Economic evaluations of homeopathy: a review
Eur J Health Econ 2013. DOI 10.1007/s10198-013-0462-7

Viksveen P, Steinsbekk A, Rise MB.
What is a competent homeopath and what is needed to educate them?  A qualitative study of educators' views.
Education for Health 2012; 25(3): 172-179
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Viksveen P, Steinsbekk A.
Undergraduate homeopathy education in Europe and the influence of accreditation.
Homeopathy 2011; 100: 253-258.

Viksveen P, Steinsbekk A.
Changes in patients visiting a homeopathic clinic in Norway from 1994 to 2004.
Homeopathy 2005; 94, 222-228.

Viksveen P.
Antibiotics and the development of resistant microorganisms. Can homeopathy be an alternative?
Homeopathy 2003; 92, 99-107.

Viksveen P, Relton C. Depression treated by homeopaths: a study protocol for a pragmatic cohort multiple randomised controlled trial. Homeopathy 2014; 103:147-152.

Relton C, Viksveen P, Kessler U. The making cases count initiative. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2014; 22:621-624.

Thompson EA, Viksveen P, Barron S. The use of a patient reported outcome measure in clinical practice. Homeopathy (submitted).