Birgitta Wiitavaara

Registered Nurse
Ph.D. in Nursing Science
Assistant Professor

E-mail: birgitta.wiitavaara@hig.se

Telephone:
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. (2018). Confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses of prominent aspects of health experiences for people with musculoskeletal disorders. BMJ Open. [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. [Accepted] [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]
Heiden, M., Richardsson, 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. S. 308-312. 10.1007/978-3-319-96065-4 [More information]
Published by: Zara Lindahl Page responsible: Annika Strömberg Updated: 2017-02-02
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