The aim of this research project is to find out more on how common mental disorders, work capacity and work characteristics are interconnected. We will study whether the ability to work and its different functions (C2WI) differ among individuals with similar symptoms of common mental disorders at baseline that continue working and those who are on sick leave due to common mental disorder, at the follow-up.
We have developed the Capacity to Work Index (C2WI) specifically for this project which is based on results form qualitative interview studies with persons with common mental disorders. The C2WI constitutes the core of a survey that we will be distributed to a large sample of employees.
A knowledge gap that is highlighted in several scientific reviews is why some people with depression and anxiety continue to work, while others with similar work tasks and severity in depression and anxiety end up in sick leave. In the first phase of C2WI project, a Capacity to Work Index questionnaire has been developed to investigate this question. C2WI is based on previous qualitative studies on what work capacity is, developed within the New Ways research group. The index will be the core of the survey which will be distributed to a wide selection of employees in regions, municipalities and private companies in Sweden, to gain increased knowledge about the work capacity of individuals with depression and anxiety at population level.
Gunnel Hensing, project manager
Carin Staland Nyman