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

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. & Heiden, M. (2017). Content and psychometric evaluations of questionnaires for assessing physical function in people with neck disorders –  A systematic review of the literature. Disability and Rehabilitation. 10.1080/09638288.2017.1334096 [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]
Wiitavaara, B. & Heiden, M. (2017). 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. [Submitted] [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]
Published by: Zara Lindahl Page responsible: Annika Strömberg Updated: 2017-02-02
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