Elisabeth Björk Brämberg
ResearcherSchool of Public Health and Community
About Elisabeth Björk Brämberg
I'm docent/associate professor in occupational medicine, and currently hold a researcher position at the school of public health and community medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy.
2008 PhD in caring science.
The overall objective for my research is to contribute to the development and evaluation of evidence based methods in the field of prevention of sickness absence and rehabilitation of persons on sick leave due to common mental disorders and back/neck pain, i.e. the two main areas dominating registered sickness absence. In addition, I've broad knowledge in qualitative methods, in identifying ethical issues that might arise when using new interventions within health care settings and systematic reviews.
I'm the PI of the project Effects on sick leave of a problem-solving intervention involving employees at risk of developing common mental disorders and their managers (PRIME). We will test a workplace intervention targeting first line managers. The aims are to 1) evaluate the problem solving intervention’s effect on sickness absence among employees at high-risk for future sickness absence due to common mental disorders; 2) evaluate whether and to what extent it was possible to adhere to the intervention’s protocol, the relationship between the intervention’s key elements and the effect outcome, and to identify the facilitators and barriers to the intervention among supervisors and employees, 3) explore the supervisor’s organizational resources and the employee’s working/private life-balance and the impact on the effect outcome. The study will be conducted as a randomized controlled trial in private sector companies. Funded by AFA Insurance. The project starts during the autumn 2020 and runs until end of 2023.
I’m the PI of 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.
1998 Reg Nurse
2001 Postgraduate diploma in specialist nursing, district nursing
2008 PhD in Caring Science
Experiences of participating in a problem-solving intervention with workplace involvement in Swedish primary health care: a qualitative study from rehabilitation coordinator's, employee's, and manager's
Coordination of return-to-work for employees on sick leave due to common mental disorders: facilitators and
L. Holmlund, T. Hellman, M. Engblom, L. Kwak, L. Sandman, L. Tornkvist, Elisabeth Björk Brämberg
Disability and Rehabilitation - 2022
Exploring ethical issues arising from a problem-solving intervention in the Swedish Primary
Conducting In-Depth Interviews via Mobile Phone with Persons with Common Mental Disorders and Multimorbidity: The Challenges and Advantages as Experienced by Participants and
Interventions for common mental disorders in the occupational health service: a systematic review with a narrative
I. Axen, Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, M. Vaez, A. Lundin, G. Bergstrom
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health - 2020
Implementation of care managers for patients with depression: A cross-sectional study in Swedish primary
Promoting Evidence-Based Practice for Improved Occupational Safety and Health at Workplaces in Sweden. Report on a Practice-Based Research Network
I. B. Jensen, Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, C. Wahlin, C. Bjorklund, U. Hermansson, M. L. Karlson, L. S. Elinder, P. M. af Rosenschold, T. Nevala, N. Carter, B. Mellblom, L. Kwak
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - 2020
Moving From Knowledge to Action in Partnership:
A Case Study on Program Adaptation to Support Optimal Aging in the Context of
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
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
The meaning of learning to live with medically unexplained symptoms as narrated by patients in primary care: A phenomenological-hermeneutic
Eva Lidén, Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Staffan Svensson
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being - 2015
Tensions during a process of change - implementation of the Bologna educational reform in Swedish specialist nursing
Academic learning for specialist nurses: A grounded theory
Communication through in-person interpreters: a qualitative study of home care providers’ and social workers’
Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Lars Sandman
Journal of Clinical Nursing - 2013
Interpreters in Cross-Cultural Interviews: A Three-Way Coconstruction of
Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, K. Dahlberg
Qualitative Health Research - 2013
Lack of individualized perspective: A qualitative study of diabetes care for immigrants in
Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Elisabeth Dahlborg Lyckhage, Sylvia Määttä
Nursing & Health Sciences - 2012
Students' learning as the focus for shared involvement between universities and clinical practice: a didactic model for postgraduate degree
Joakim Öhlén, Linda Berg, Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Åsa Engström, Lena German Millberg, Ingela Höglund, Catrine Jacobsson, Margret Lepp, Eva Lidén, Irma Lindström, Kerstin Petzäll, Siv Söderberg, Helle Wijk
Advances in health sciences education - 2012
Contextualisation of functional symptoms in primary health
To Be an Immigrant and a Patient in Sweden – A Study With an Individualized
Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Maria Nyström
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being - 2010
Patient Participation. A Qualitative Study on Immigrant Women and Their
Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Maria Nyström, Karin Dahlberg
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being - 2010
Att vara invandrare och patient i Sverige. Ett individorienterat