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About me

2008 PhD in Caring Science

I currently hold an assistant professor position at the unit of intervention- and impelmentation research for worker health. 


1998 Reg Nurse

2001 Postgraduate diploma in specialist nursing, district nursing

2008 PhD in Caring Science

Research description

The overall objective for my research programme is to contribute to the development and implementation of evidence based methods mainly in primary care, rehabilitation and occupational health services (focusing worker health).

I’m the PI for the project A problem solving based intervention as an intervention in primary health care for facilitating return-to-work among people suffering from common mental disorders – a cluster-randomized trial (PROSA). Problem solving therapy involving the workplace is an evidence-based intervention with promising effects on return-to-work among persons with common mental disorders. A key element is cooperation between the person on sick leave, his/her employer and health care professionals. The aim is to evaluate the effects of problem solving therapy in the Swedish primary health care system in an employed population on sick leave due to common mental disorders. In addition, we will conduct a systematic identification of ethical aspects from the perspectives of different stakeholders concerning a work-focused problem solving intervention and economic evaluation of a work-focused problem solving intervention, compared to care as usual.

The project is conducted by a multidisciplinary research group with researchers from Karolinska Institutet, University of Gothenburg, University of Linköping and University of Groeningen, the Netherlands.

I’m the project leader for Facilitators and barriers to coordination of return to work, and ethical issues which raises from such coordination among employees on sick leave due to common mental disorders. Qualitative design. A multidisciplinary research group with researchers from Karolinska Institutet, university of Uppsala and University of Linköping conduct the project, with funding from AFA Insurance.   

Together with researchers at the unit, I’ve performed evaluations of the national rehabilitation guarantee. In these, we have explored the effects of the guarantee on sick leave, how the guarantee has been implemented nationwide in Sweden and to what extent workplace interventions are implemented and used.  


Access to primary and specialized somatic health care for persons with severe mental illness: a qualitative study of perceived barriers and facilitators in Swedish health care
Björk Brämberg E, Torgerson J, Norman Kjellström A, Welin P, Rusner M
BMC family practice 2018;19(1):12-

Increasing return-to-work among people on sick leave due to common mental disorders: design of a cluster-randomized controlled trial of a problem-solving intervention versus care-as-usual conducted in the Swedish primary health care system (PROSA)
Björk Brämberg E, Holmgren K, Bültmann U, Gyllensten H, Hagberg J, Sandman L, et al
BMC public health 2018;18(1):889-

Nationwide implementation of a national policy for evidence-based rehabilitation with focus on facilitating return to work: a survey of perceived use, facilitators, and barriers
Björk Brämberg E, Jensen I, Kwak L
Disability and rehabilitation 2018;():1-9

The effects of multimodal rehabilitation on pain-related sickness absence - an observational study
Busch H, Björk Brämberg E, Hagberg J, Bodin L, Jensen I
Disability and rehabilitation 2018;40(14):1646-1653

Development of evidence-based practice in occupational health services in Sweden: a 3-year follow-up of attitudes, barriers and facilitators
Brämberg Eb, Nyman T, Kwak L, Alipour A, Bergström G, Elinder Ls, et al
International archives of occupational and environmental health 2017;90(4):335-348

Effects of yoga, strength training and advice on back pain: a randomized controlled trial
Brämberg Eb, Bergström G, Jensen I, Hagberg J, Kwak L
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2017;18(1):132-

Moving From Knowledge to Action in Partnership: A Case Study on Program Adaptation to Support Optimal Aging in the Context of Migration
Barenfeld E, Wallin L, Björk Brämberg E
Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society 2017;():733464817727110-

Essential features influencing collaboration in team-based non-specific back pain rehabilitation: Findings from a mixed methods study
Hellman T, Jensen I, Bergström G, Brämberg Eb
Journal of interprofessional care 2016;30(3):309-15

Implementation of evidence-based rehabilitation for non-specific back pain and common mental health problems: a process evaluation of a nationwide initiative
Brämberg Eb, Klinga C, Jensen I, Busch H, Bergström G, Brommels M, et al
BMC health services research 2015;15():79-

The meaning of learning to live with medically unexplained symptoms as narrated by patients in primary care: a phenomenological-hermeneutic study
Lidén E, Björk-brämberg E, Svensson S
International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being 2015;10():27191-

Academic learning for specialist nurses: a grounded theory study
Millberg Lg, Berg L, Brämberg Eb, Nordström G, Ohlén J
Nurse education in practice 2014;14(6):714-21

Effective teamwork in primary healthcare through a structured patient-sorting system - a qualitative study on staff members' conceptions
Maun A, Engstrom M, Frantz A, Bramberg Eb, Thorn J

Communication through in-person interpreters: a qualitative study of home care providers' and social workers' views
Bramberg Eb, Sandman L

Interpreters in Cross-Cultural Interviews: A Three-Way Coconstruction of Data
Bramberg Eb, Dahlberg K

Lack of individualized perspective: A qualitative study of diabetes care for immigrants in Sweden
Bramberg Eb, Dahlborg-lyckhage E, Maatta S
NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES 2012;14(2):244-9

Students' learning as the focus for shared involvement between universities and clinical practice: a didactic model for postgraduate degree projects
Ohlen J, Berg L, Bramberg Eb, Engstrom A, Millberg Lg, Hoglund I, et al

Patient participation: A qualitative study of immigrant women and their experiences
Bramberg Eb, Nystrom M, Dahlberg K

To be an immigrant and a patient in Sweden: A study with an individualised perspective
Bramberg Eb, Nystrom M

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