Research presentation

Birgitta Wiitavaara

Research presentation

Birgitta Wiitavaara

Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Nursing Science, Registered Nurse

Research subject: Arbetshälsovetenskap

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • DisA - Working at a distance - opportunities and consequences for university teachers. A doctoral project where I am the main supervisor for the doctoral student Linda Widar. The overall purpose of the thesis work is to investigate how teleworking is practiced by, and affect, university teachers. Furthermore, the purpose is to investigate the experiences of the first-line managers of leading a personnel group that works to a varying extent from a distance.
  • MätFunk - Measuring Physical Function. A series of literature reviews on questionnaires that measure physical function in musculoskeletal disorders, with ICF classification of the questionnaire's content and mapping the psychometric testing done on the questionnaires, using the COSMIN check list. Sub-study I + II is published in 2018-19, sub-study III is ongoing.
  • PrioSAM Test - Psychometric testing of three questionnaires for measuring systematic work-environment work.
  • CUA - A cost-utility analysis to evaluate four treatments for neck-shoulder disorders previously investigated in a RCT-study. Data regarding improvement in the participants´ health profiles related to direct and indirect costs at individual and societal level will be considered
  • IMMPACT-PHC. The long-term aim of this project is to evaluate whether internationally recommended outcome measures for clinical pain trials are suitable for use in evaluation of non-specific long-term musculoskeletal disorders and secondly to develop a short form questionnaire. Study I publiched

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Scholarly articles, refereed

Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2020). Content and psychometric evaluations of questionnaires for assessing physical function in people with low back disorders : a systematic review of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42 (2), 163-172. 10.1080/09638288.2018.1495274 [More information]
Heiden, M., Widar, L., Wiitavaara, B. & Boman, E. (2020). Telecommuting in academia – associations with health and well-being among staff. Higher Education. [Accepted] [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Rissén, D., Högberg, H. & Nilsson, A. (2019). Psychometric testing of a short form questionnaire for measurement of health experiences among people with musculoskeletal disorders undergoing multimodal rehabilitation. BMJ Open, 9 (5). 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025103 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2018). Content and psychometric evaluations of questionnaires for assessing physical function in people with neck disorders –  A systematic review of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40 (19), 2227-2235. 10.1080/09638288.2017.1334096 [More information]
Nordlöf, H., Wiitavaara, B., Högberg, H. & Westerling, R. (2017). A cross-sectional study of factors influencing occupational health and safety management practices in companies. Safety Science, 95, 92-103. 10.1016/j.ssci.2017.02.008 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Fahlström, M. & Djupsjöbacka, M. (2017). Prevalence, diagnostics, and management of musculoskeletal disorders in primary health care in Sweden : an investigation of 2000 randomly selected patient records. Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 23 (2), 325-332. 10.1111/jep.12614 [More information]
Björklund, M., Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2017). Responsiveness and minimal important change for the ProFitMap-neck questionnaire and the Neck Disability Index in women with neck-shoulder pain. Quality of Life Research, 26 (1), 161-170. 10.1007/s11136-016-1373-8 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Bengs, C. & Brulin, C. (2016). Well, I'm healthy, but... : lay perspectives on health among people with musculoskeletal disorders. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38 (1), 71-80. 10.3109/09638288.2015.1024338 [More information]
Nordlöf, H., Wiitavaara, B., Winblad, U., Wijk, K. & Westerling, R. (2015). Safety culture and reasons for risk-taking at a large steel-manufacturing company : Investigating the worker perspective. Safety Science, 73, 126-135. 10.1016/j.ssci.2014.11.020 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Björklund, M. & Nilsson, A. (2012). An initial factor analysis of prominent aspects of health experiences for women with neck-shoulder pain. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34 (11), 934-942. 10.3109/09638288.2011.628436 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Björklund, M., Brulin, C. & Djupsjöbacka, M. (2009). How well do questionnaires on symptoms in neck-shoulder disorders capture the experiences of those who suffer from the disorders? : A content analysis of questionnaires and interviews. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 10 (1). 10.1186/1471-2474-10-30 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Brulin, C. & Barnekow Bergqvist, M. (2008). When the body makes itself heard : the experience of bodily illness among people with neck-shoulder problems. Advances in Physiotherapy, 10 (2), 85-94. 10.1080/14038190701760627 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Lundman, B., Barnekow-Bergkvist, M. & Brulin, C. (2007). Striking a balance - health experiences of male ambulance personnel with musculoskeletal symptoms : a grounded theory. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44 (5), 770-779. 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2006.02.007 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Barnekow-Bergkvist, M. & Brulin, C. (2007). Striving for balance : a grounded theory study of health experiences of nurses with musculoskeletal problems.. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44 (8), 1379-1390. 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2006.07.009 [More information]

Scholarly articles, non-refereed

Wiitavaara, B., Bengs, C. & Brulin, C. (2015). Lekmannaperspektiv på hälsa bland personer med muskuloskeletala besvär. Best Practice : Smärta, 4 (10), 20-23. External link [More information]

Doctoral thesis

Wiitavaara, B. (2007). Balancing intrusive illness : the experiences of people with musculoskeletal problems. Diss. (sammanfattning), 2007. Umeå: Umeå Universitet. 54 p. (Umeå University medical dissertations 1106) External link [More information]

Book chapters

Aasa, U. & Wiitavaara, B. (2016). Personalens hälsa och arbetsmiljö. Prehospital akutsjukvård. Stockholm: Liber. P. 72-79. [More information]
Aasa, U. & Wiitavaara, B. (2009). Personalens hälsa och arbetsmiljö. Prehospital akutsjukvård. Stockholm: Liber. P. 33-38. External link [More information]

Conference papers

Widar, L., Boman, E., Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2019). Psychophysiological reactions, stress and recuperation among telecommuting academics. . Bologna. External link [More information]
Widar, L., Wiitavaara, B., Heiden, M. & Boman, E. (2018). Att arbeta på distans – möjligheter och konsekvenser för universitetslärare. FALF KONFERENS 2018 Arbetet – problem eller potential för en hållbar livsmiljö?   10-12 juni 2018 Gävle : Program och abstracts. Gävle: Gävle University Press. P. 118-. External link [More information]
Heiden, M., Widar, L., Wiitavaara, B. & Boman, E. (2018). Telecommuting in academia – Associations with staff’s health and well-being. Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) : Volume IX: Aging, Gender and Work, Anthropometry, Ergonomics for Children and Educational Environments. Cham: Springer. P. 308-312. 10.1007/978-3-319-96065-4 [More information]
Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2017). Content and quality of questionnaires for assessment of physical functioning in neck disorders – A systematic review of the literature. Joy at Work, NES, <em>2017</em>. [More information]
Nordlöf, H., Wiitavaara, B., Högberg, H. & Westerling, R. (2016). To measure OHS management practices in manufacturing companies. . [More information]
Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2016). What do questionnaires for assessment of physical functioning in neck disorders really measure? : A systematic review of the literature. . [More information]
Nordlöf, H., Wiitavaara, B., Winblad, U., Wijk, K. & Westerling, R. (2013). A description of reasons for risk-taking at a large steel manufacturing company. Ergonomics for equality: Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES), Reykjavík, Iceland, 11-14 august 2013. External link [More information]
Nordlöf, H., Wiitavaara, B., Winblad, U., Wijk, K. & Westerling, R. (2013). En beskrivning av anledningar till risktagande vid ett stort stålindustriföretag. . External link [More information]
Wiitavaara, B. (2012). Well but ill: Lay perspectives on health among people with musculoskeletal disorders.. . [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Björklund, M., Djupsjöbacka, M. & Nilsson, A. (2010). Can internationally recommended outcome domains capture aspects that are prominent for the health experiences of women with neck- and shoulder pain? : A factor analysis. (Poster). Proceedings of the Premus 2010 conference (Seventh International Conference on Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders) August 29-September 2. Angers, France. P. 283-. External link [More information]
Wiitavaara, B. (2006). Health as balance : illness and wellness among persons with musculoskeletal disorders. 5th Global Conference Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease. [More information]
Wiitavaara, B., Lundman, B., Barnekow-Bergkvist, M. & Brulin, C. (2005). Experiences of illness, wellness and work environment of male ambulance personnel. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Nordic Ergonomics Society. P. 266-270. [More information]

Other

Wiitavaara, B., Rissén, D. & Nilsson, A. (2013). Utvärdering av muskuloskeletala besvär : Utveckling av ett kliniskt användbart frågeformulär för personer med besvär från rörelseapparaten. External link [More information]
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