Published: 17-01-2018 15:55 | Updated: 17-01-2018 16:00

KI researcher receives AFA Insurance work environment and health grant

Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Assistant Professor at Karolinska Institutet’s Institute of Environmental Medicine, has been awarded a grant of approximately SEK 1.75 million for work environment and health-related research.

Elisabeth Björk Brämberg’s research project: Enabling and constraining factors and ethical aspects related to cooperation aimed at increased return-to-work among people suffering from mental disorders.

In this project, Elisabeth Björk Brämberg will, through interviews with employees, employers and representatives of healthcare centres, OHS providers and the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, collect and analyse experiences gained in collaborations connected with mental illness. The project includes the analyses of ethical issues linked to areas such as the health, personal rights and freedoms of those on extended sick leave and their ability to influence activities. One goal is the development of strategies to promote cooperation as a rehabilitation method.

In the current round of grants, AFA Insurance has committed almost SEK 22 million to 10 new research projects in Sweden, aimed at contributing to a reduction in work-related injuries and long-term sick leave.