Senior LecturerSchool of Public Health and Community
About Monica Bertilsson
I am a PhD, lecturer in Public Health and a registered occupational therapist with extensive experience from psychiatric rehabilitation. My main research area is common mental disorders (CMD), work capacity, work place and managerial involvement and return to work after sickness absence. I am a member of the research program New Ways – mental health at work, aiming for new knowledge that will strengthen capacity in work life to support persons with CMD to keep their capacity to work and to contribute to a better competence in the health care to identify and treat patients with CMD and risk of sickness absence. I am also participating in the PRESA network (Swedish network for research on the prevention of sickness absence with common mental disorders) with researchers from the Universities of Gothenburg, Linköping and Lund.
For my thesis Work capacity and mental health – the phenomena and their importance in return to work (2013) I received the Lennmalm's award in Social Insurance Medicine by the Swedish Physician Society. From the thesis findings, we now run the project Capacity to Work Index (C2WI) developing an epidemiological instrument to investigate work capacity in relation to depression- and anxiety disorder. We use the instrument to explore professional’s work health after the implementation of person-centred care in hospital wards. In a new project we will investigate what factors will strengthen individuals’ work capacity and possibility to work despite CMD, a prospective study.
The work place and the managers are important for individuals’ work participation and I am the principal investigator (PI) for two projects targeting managers. In the project Managers perspective - the missing piece (ending in 2021) we are investigating manager's attitudes, knowledge and know-how in relation to supporting employees with depression and anxiety disorders. The project includes a survey with approximately 3 300 Swedish managers as well as qualitative studies. In our new project Managers in action: The importance of organizational and workplace context for managers’ measures for employees with CMDs we will use both a survey and individual interviews to investigate contextual factors at work and managers’ measures to avoid sickness absence in employees with CMD. The project departs from the hypothesis that manager's room for action is largely determined by pre-conditions, for example organizational structure and organizational climate.
Gender differences in managers' attitudes towards employees with depression: a cross-sectional study in
Chefens perspektiv: en saknad pusselbit.
En webbaserad enkät om svenska chefers kunskap, erfarenheter och strategier för medarbetare med nedsatt arbetsförmåga på grund av depression och
”Det är den här rädslan att man ska få en stämpel på sig” - om stigmatisering i sjukskrivnings- och rehabiliteringsprocessen med fokus på vanliga psykiska
Determinants of Managerial Preventive Actions in Relation to Common Mental Disorders at Work: A Cross-Sectional Study Among Swedish
Political Ideology and Stigmatizing Attitudes Toward Depression: The Swedish
Involving the employer to enhance return to work among patients with stress-related mental disorders - study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial in Swedish primary health
The capacity to work puzzle: a qualitative study of physicians' assessments for patients with common mental
Läkares bedömning av arbetsförmåga hos patienter med depressions- och
Preventiva insatser för att förebygga och minska sjukskrivning på grund av psykisk ohälsa – en litteraturöversikt av svensk forskning och förändringar i svensk
Monica Bertilsson, Ulrika Bejerholm, Christian Ståhl
Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift - 2017-01-01
Working in dissonance: experiences of work instability in workers with common mental
When abilities and job demands no longer match: work instability in common mental
The association between attitudes about depression and recommendations of sickness absence. A web-based vignette study in an adult Swedish
Monica Bertilsson, Jesper Löve, Johan Martinsson, Lena Wängnerud, Gunnel Hensing
18th EPA Section Meeting in Epidemiology & Social Psychiatry. Gothenburg, Sweden: 30 november - 3 december book - 2016-01-01
Political ideology and stigmatizing attitudes towards depression in
Health care professionals´ experience-based understanding of individuals´ capacity to work while depressed and
A Prospective Study on Self-Assessed Mental Well-Being and Work Capacity as Determinants of All-Cause Sickness
Work capacity and mental health - the phenomena and their importance in return to
Capacity to work while depressed and anxious - a phenomenological
Self-assessed mental health problems and work capacity as determinants of return to work: a prospective general population-based study of individuals with all-cause sickness