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Monica Bertilsson

Senior lecturer

Monica Bertilsson
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 6857

Postal Address: Försäkringsmedicin, Avdelningen för samhällsmedicin och folkhälsa, Box 453, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Arvid Wallgrens backe 2A, Hus 7, plan 3 , 41346 Göteborg

School of Public Health and Community Medicine at Institute of Medicine (More Information)
Box 463
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 18A , 413 90 Göteborg

About Monica Bertilsson

I am the Program Director for the Public Health Science program (Bachelor) at the University of Gothenburg, lecturer in Public Health and a registered occupational therapist with extensive experience from psychiatric rehabilitation. My main research area is common mental disorders (CMD), work capacity, work place involvement and return to work. I am a member of the research program New Ways – mental health at work, aiming for new knowledge that 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 participating in the PRESA network (Swedish network for research on the prevention of sickness absence with common mental disorders) with researchers from the Universities of Gothenburg, Linköping and Lund.

In my thesis (2013) I explored work capacity by interviewing people who were actively working about their capacity to work while suffering from CMD. The same phenomenon was explored in interviews with healthcare professionals from primary care, occupational health service and psychiatry who had an experience-based knowledge of work capacity in patients with CMD from their many encounters with these patients. Both studies were conducted in order to try to conceptualize work capacity in relation to CMD. I also, in population-based, prospective studies with data from the Health Assets Project, investigated whether self-assessed low mental wellbeing and low work capacity could predict return to work in newly sick-listed. The findings showed that both low mental well-being and low self-assessed work capacity increased the likelihood of prolonged time to return to work, and lower work participation the year after baseline. In 2015, I received the Lennmalm's award in Social Insurance Medicine by the Swedish Physician Society for my thesis. From the thesis findings, we now run the Capacity to Work Index (C2WI) project developing an epidemiological instrument to investigate work capacity in relation to depression- and anxiety disorder.

Now I am the principal investigator (PI) for the project Managers perspective - the missing piece. In this project, we  investigate manager's attitudes, knowledge and know-how in relation to support employees with depression and anxiety disorders. The project includes a survey to approximately 5000 managers (response rate 70%) as well as qualitative studies (n=8 focus groups). I am co-applicant of the project "Primary Care for Return to work” (PRIMA) an RCT-intervention project with work place involvement aiming for earlier return to work among patients with stress-related mental health. Furthermore I participate i the project "The effect of person-centred care on work-related health of healthcare professionals" investigating if the implemention of person-centrered care at hospital wards increases the professionals' work health and decreases sickness absence.


Latest publications

Läkares bedömning av arbetsförmåga hos patienter med depressions- och ångestsjukdom.
Monica Bertilsson, Silje Maeland, Jesper Löve, Gunnar Ahlborg, Erik Werner et al.
Nationell Primärvårdskonferens, Stockholm, Sverige, 27-28 September 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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

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