Research interest

Research area

Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders

I got my PhD in 2007 with a thesis on health experiences in people with musculoskeletal disorders. The thesis portrays experiences of the sufferers, from the overall experience of the balance between health-illness, through the course of the disease at neck-shoulder problems, down to symptom level and a comparison with certain questionnaires. If you want to read more, you can find the frame story of the thesis at: "Balancing intrusive illness — the experiences of people with musculoskeletal problems". After my doctoral thesis, I have worked with research and teaching at advanced and graduate level in the field of occupational health science. The most recent projects have focus ranging from qualitative studies of safety culture and risk taking to psychometric testing of questionnaires.

Research interest

The focus of my research is of health, health experiences and outcome measures related to musculoskeletal disorders.

Current projects

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 forms that measure physical function in musculoskeletal disorders, with ICF classification of the questionnaires' 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.
Responsible: Birgitta Wiitavaara

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 is published 2012, study II 2019.
Responsible: Birgitta Wiitavaara

Publicerad av: Birgitta Wiitavaara Sidansvarig: Annika Strömberg Sidan uppdaterades: 2019-06-20
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