Sickness absence is a public health problem with consequences for individuals, health care, insurance organizations, employers and society. Nevertheless, the scientific knowledgebase is very limited.
We conduct research, systematic literature reviews, post graduate training, networking, and education regarding sickness absence, work disability, health, and living conditions. The group is inter disciplinary and multi professional and holds about 35 people. We run several large research projects, factors at different structural levels are included, both from individual-, organizational and societal levels and focus on contemporary problems often in close cooperation with clinicians or other stakeholders.
The research covers different aspects of sickness absence and includes the following areas:
- Risk factors for sickness absence or disability pension
- Consequences of being sickness absent or disability pensioned
- Factors affecting return to work
- Sick-listing practices, e.g. how physicians work with sickness certification issues
This is studied in general as well as with different diagnoses, such as breast cancer, mental disorders, CVD, MS, and muskuloskeletal disorders. Other projects focus on specific occupations. The results are much demanded and used, both regionally and nationally.