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Monica Bertilsson

Postdoctoral research fellow

Monica Bertilsson
Postdoctoral research fellow
Academic degree: Doctor
monica.bertilsson@socmed.gu.se
+46 31 786 6857

Postal Address: Box 453, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Arvid Wallgrens backe 2A, hus 7, plan 3 , 41346 Göteborg


Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Institute of Medicine (More Information)
Box 414
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 16 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Monica Bertilsson

I have a PhD and I am registered occupational therapist with extensive experience from psychiatric rehabilitation. My thesis concerned common mental disorders (CMD), work capacity and return to work. (CMD encompasses mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders and mental exhaustion.) I am a member of the Gendiq research group at the unit of Epidemiology and Social Medicine. There, I am part of the research program New Ways. The goal is that new knowledge from research in New Ways will strengthen capacity in Swedish work life to support persons with CMD to keep their capacity to work and to contribute to a better competence in the health care to identify and treat patients with CMD and risk of sickness absence. I am also a part of the PRESA network (Swedish network for research on the prevention of sickness absence with common mental disorders) with researchers from the Universities of Gothenburg, Lund and Linköping.

In my thesis I explored the phenomenon of capacity to work in relation to CMD through two focus group studies. In the first study I interviewed individuals actively working about their experiences of capacity to work while depressed and/or anxious. In my second study I interviewed health care professionals (from psychiatry, primary health and occupational health care) about their experience-based understanding of capacity to work in patients with CMD. The conceptualization of capacity to work in my thesis goes beyond the symptoms and bridges the gap between the medical perspective and the individuals’ experiences of capacity to work. The finding also showed a phenomenon broader than the concept used in medico-legal settings. Furthermore, I investigated self-rated mental ill health (long-lasting mental illness and mental well-being) and self-assessed work capacity in two population-based, prospective studies. In the first study I investigated these variables association with return to work after sickness absence. In the second study I investigated the association with future work participation. The result showed that both mental ill-health and low work capacity predicted a longer time to return to work as well as limited work participation due to sickness absence the year after base line assessment. To reduce time until return to work and prevent future limited work participation, it is reasonable to believe that questioning patients about mental well-being and capacity to work in the health care setting could help to differentiate more easily between those who need rehabilitation and those who do not.

Now I work as a researcher and teacher in the Public Health Science program. A new project is a qualitative study on how physicians assess work capacity in patients with CMD.
 

Latest publications

The association between attitudes about depression and recommendations of sickness absence. A web-based vignette study in an adult Swedish sample
Monica Bertilsson, Jesper Löve, Johan Martinsson, Lena Wängnerud, Gunnel Hensing
18th EPA Section Meeting in Epidemiology & Social Psychiatry. Gothenburg, Sweden: 30 november - 3 december book, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

When abilities and job demands no longer match: work instability in common mental disorders
Louise Danielsson, Monica Bertilsson, Kristina Holmgren, Gunnel Hensing
9th European Public Health Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria, Conference paper 2016
Conference paper

Capacity to work while depressed and anxious - a phenomenological study.
Monica Bertilsson, Eva-Lisa Petersson, Gunnel Östlund, Margda Waern, Gunnel Hensing
Disability and rehabilitation, Journal article 2013
Journal article

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2017

2016

The association between attitudes about depression and recommendations of sickness absence. A web-based vignette study in an adult Swedish sample
Monica Bertilsson, Jesper Löve, Johan Martinsson, Lena Wängnerud, Gunnel Hensing
18th EPA Section Meeting in Epidemiology & Social Psychiatry. Gothenburg, Sweden: 30 november - 3 december book, Conference contribution 2016
Conference contribution

When abilities and job demands no longer match: work instability in common mental disorders
Louise Danielsson, Monica Bertilsson, Kristina Holmgren, Gunnel Hensing
9th European Public Health Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria, Conference paper 2016
Conference paper

2015

2013

Capacity to work while depressed and anxious - a phenomenological study.
Monica Bertilsson, Eva-Lisa Petersson, Gunnel Östlund, Margda Waern, Gunnel Hensing
Disability and rehabilitation, Journal article 2013
Journal article

Showing 1 - 9 of 9

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