Research at the Division of Insurance Medicine
Our research areas are:
- Risk factors for sickness absence/disability pension
- Risk factors and protective factors for return to work
- Consequences of being on sickness absence/disability pension
- Physician's sickness absence certification practice
We study sickness absence in general, regarding different diagnoses (e.g. psychiatric, musculoskeletal, MS, diabetes, coronary heart disease, breast cancer etc) and in different groups.
Our studies are based on data from different registers, surveys and interviews.
We use both epidemiological and qualitative methods and conduct both observational and intervention studies.
Our division is interdisciplinary and multiprofessional: we are e.g. physicians, psychologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, social workers, health economists.
We have three research groups:
Kristina Alexanderson's research group
The research group is interdisciplinary and multi professional within the areas of behavioural science, medicine, economics and statistics, and uses both epidemiological and qualitative analysis methods. The traditional perspective of social medicine, with focus on social differences, marginalization and factors of different structural levels (society, organization, individual) is completed with a gender perspective and a health perspective.
Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz' research group
The research group carries out epidemiological studies in three main research areas: 1) ethiology and prognosis of suicidal behaviour; 2) mental disorders, treatment and work disability and 3) mental ill-health, work disability and migration. The conducted studies consider a variety of risk and protective factors and the effect of social insurance regulations, health care and treatment on marginalisation processes.
Pia Svedberg's research group
In the research group we study health-, work-, and lifestyle factors related to several diseases and health conditions. We have a special focus on risk factors for work disability, and on consequences of being sickness absent or on disability pension, especially work disability due to mental and musculoskeletal disorders. We also conduct research on stress-related ill-health and child and adolescent mental health.