Birgitta Wiitavaara

Registered Nurse
Ph.D. in Nursing Science
Assistant Professor


Operator: 026-64 85 00
Phone: 026-64 84 05
Cellphone: 070-345 72 14

Current research

  • Prominent aspects for the health experiences of women with neck-shoulder pain. A factor analysis
  • A cost-utility analysis will be performed to evaluate the efficacy of 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
  • 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
  • A study of "Lay perspectives on health" among people with musculoskeletal disorders which focuses how people think about health and how this impacts their health related behavior.
  • A study of MSD care in primary health care settings, including frequency of visits, symptoms causing visits and measures taken in the rehabilitation

Recent publications

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]
Heiden, M., Widar, L., Wiitavaara, B. & Boman, E. (2019). Telecommuting in academia – associations with health and well-being among staff. Higher Education. [Submitted] [More information]
Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2018). 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. 10.1080/09638288.2018.1495274 [More information]
Widar, L., Boman, E., Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2019). Psychophysiological reactions, stress and recuperation among telecommuting academics. . Bologna. 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. S. 118-. Link [More information]
Published by: Zara Lindahl Page responsible: Annika Strömberg Updated: 2017-02-02
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