Published: 23-01-2023 11:20 | Updated: 23-01-2023 11:23

New thesis about how organisations can improve the psychosocial work environment

On January 27 Emma Cedstrand presents her thesis "Evaluating occupational health interventions: design, implementation, and effects".

Emma Cedstrand

What is the thesis about?

The thesis is about how organisations can prevent poor mental health at the workplace by improving the psychosocial work environment, i.e., through occupational health interventions. We have evaluated the effectiveness and implementation of two such interventions within two different settings. We have also focused on how occupational health interventions can be designed to enhance the implementation. Thus, in one of the intervention projects, we tested co-creation to develop the intervention outcomes and activities and investigated stakeholders' perceptions of the co-creation process.

Can you tell us about some interesting results?

We found that co-creation seems to have a positive effect on the implementation. The early involvement of stakeholders enabled 1) active involvement among the stakeholders, 2) adaptation of the intervention to the company's organisational objectives, 3) integration of the intervention into existing structures and 4) contribution to organisational learning. The described results are recommended principles when designing occupational health interventions. Thus, our results build on previous findings.

About the disseration

Time: 9.15 den 27 januari
Location: Lecture hall Tor, Solnavägen 4

Principal supervisor
Gun Johansson, Institute of Environmental Medicine, KI

Anna Nyberg, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University
Theo Bodin, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz, School of Health, care and social welfare, Mälardalen University & Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet