The research is aimed at people who are on sick leave for stress-related mental health problems. The goal is to reduce mental illness and promote sustainable return to work.
Access to effective rehabilitation measures is limited and does not sufficiently yield a sustainable return to work. Therefore, the researchers invest in a digital and individually tailored effort with psychological support to increase accessibility and efficiency. The study will also involve the work environment in stress rehabilitation more clearly.
– Often, measures are primarily directed at the individual. By providing tailored support for changes in the work environment that may have contributed to the stress-related mental health problems, return to work is facilitated for the individual on sick leave, says Victoria Blom, Associate Professor of psychology and responsible for the study.
The program is evaluated through a randomized controlled trial with 180 participants randomized to two groups. One group carries out a customized rehabilitation program for six months with modules for cooperation between different welfare actors and return to work. The other is a control group that undergoes a program without these modules. The main effects that will be measured are stress-related mental illness and return to work after six and twelve months.