TIDAS – Health, sick leave and return to work

Research group

Short description

Work related stress is common and might influence health, sick leave and the possibility for returning to work.


The research group’s aim is to get to know more about preventive and rehabilitating methods to early identify and treat the risk for poor health and sickness absence due to work related stress. The group is interested in understanding how the interaction between factors such as organizational climate and work commitment influence work health and capacity to work.


About research group 

The TIDAS research group represents various disciplines, such as general medicine, occupational therapy, public health, social medicine and society pharmacy. TIDAS is part of the New Ways, a research program financed by Forte (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare). The research is also collaborating closely with the Primary Health Care in the Region Västra Götaland.

The research group is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and in conducting epidemiological studies. The group also conduct RCT studies and questionnaire developments.

Mental health disorders increase among the working population. Many people continue working despite mental and physical health complaints. The combination of poor organizational climate and high work commitment has been found to constitute high risk for sickness absence and an obstacle for returning to work. 

Sickness absence does not only mean poor economy and suffering for the individual and costs for society; employers also risk drops in production, loss of competence and costs for new employees.

The return to work process is complex, and several stakeholders are involved. Therefore, it is important to find methods to early identify persons at risk for being sick-listed in order to find preventive and rehabilitating measures.

The research group run several projects aiming to early identify, treat and support people at risk for sick leave so they can keep up their work capacity and remain in work.


Kristina Holmgren
Professor, forskningsledare, leg. arbetsterapeut

Pernilla Bjerkli
Farmacie doktor, lektor, legitimerad apotekare
Institutionen för hälsa och lärande
Högskolan i Skövde

Ute Bültmann
Professor of work and health
Health Sciences, Community and Occupational Medicine
Groningen, Netherlands

Maria Dottori
Projektassistent, Leg. sjukgymnast
FoU-centrum Göteborg och Södra Bohuslän

Anna Frantz
Doktorand vid KI, Leg. sjukgymnast
Backa Vårdcentral, Göteborg

Dominique Hange
Docent, Universitetslektor, distriktsläkare

Gunnel Hensing
Professor. Biträdande avdelningschef

Anna-Maria Hultén
Doktorand, Leg. arbetsterapeut

Marit Knapstad
Post Doc position
Faculty of Psychology
University of Bergen, Norway

Maria Larsson
Docent, Leg. sjukgymnast, FoU-chef

Christina Andersson
Universitetslektor, Leg. arbetsterapeut

Kristin Lork
Leg. arbetsterapeut, rehabkoordinator, doktorand vid enheten arbetsterapi, Göteborgs universitet

Louise Danielsson
Universitetslektor, docent, leg. fysioterapeut 

Jenny Hultqvist
Universitetslektor, docent, leg. arbetsterapeut

Suzanne Johanson
Universitetslektor, leg. arbetsterapeut

Joanna Nordstrand 
Doktorand, leg. arbetsterapeut