The rehabilitation co-ordinators impact on sick leave and return to/commencement of work or studies in the psychiatric specialist care

Time period: 2018-07-01 to 2021-06-30

Project leader: Ingrid Anderzén

Other personnel: Kjerstin Larsson, Åsa Andersén, Erik Berglund

Funder: Forte

Type of award: Unclassified

Total fundning: 4 117 000 SEK

An increasing number of individuals are on sick leave because of mental illness. Mental illness generally have longer periods of sick leave. The knowledge about what actions that are effective to support these individuals return to work/begin to work or study is limited, which leaves people how becomes sick out of the workforce for long periods. In primary care, the practice of rehabilitation coordinators has been developed and evaluated, but its function in psychiatric specialist care has not been investigated before for reduced sick leave or return to/commencement of work or studies.The aim of this study is to evaluate whether the introduction of a rehabilitation coordinator in specialist psychiatry has an effect on sick leave and return to/commencement of work or studies for patients treated for mood and/or anxiety disorder. Furthermore, the study will evaluate how other professions in in health care and employers experience collaboration with a rehabilitation coordinator.The results of the study should provide scientific support if there is a need for this profession in specialist health care and if this support increases the potential of the target group to return to work /begin to work or study.The results shall be disseminated and communicated to healthcare professionals and actors involved in vocational rehabilitation such as the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, the Public Employment Service and the municipality in order to improve the work with and support for the target group concerned. If results show a positive outcome, the economic burden on society, which means compensation through the welfare system, should be reduced and gaining importance at both an individual and community level.