The national rehabilitation program

Project: Research


In this research program, we study the National Rehabilitation Program. This program is directed to two major patient groups in primary health care: musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and common mental disorders (CMD). Patients with MSD are offered multimodal rehabilitation (MMR) and patients with CMD are offered cognitive behavioral therapy. Our studies focus on patients with MSD.

Primarily we study different patient and clinician reported outcomes, such as sick leave, work ability, function and health related quality of life, but we are also interested in organizational aspects. We use register data from Skåne Health Care register, Statistics Sweden, The Social Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.
Different reports in Swedish have been published so far (Nyberg et al, 2011a, Nyberg et al, 2011b, Post Sennhed et al, 2015; Post Sennehed et al, 2016). The first scientific study is paper 4 in my thesis (Stigmar et al, 2013) and this includes a sample of 406 patients (2009-2010). The results show that patients function and health related quality of life improved after MMR. Patients with no prior sick leave benefitted most of the program. The second publication (Post Sennehed et al, 2017) is focusing on organizational aspects, were the results indicate that contextual factors has an impact on referral rates to MMR.

During 2017, we are planning for a study on patient outcomes, based on a larger cohort for the years 2009-2012. A reference cohort is linked to the data set, in order to do comparisons. The data management is finished and the results are to be analyzed. A manuscript is planned to be submitted before June 2017. We are also interested in how functional components according to ICF (Petersson, Grahn, Stigmar, 2015) can predict future sick leave. A PhD-student, Charlotte Post Sennehed is connected to the project.
Effective start/end date2011/01/012017/12/31