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The New Ways programme

The New Ways is a research program financed by the Swedish Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (FORTE) for six years (2013-2019).

Common mental disorders (CMD) are prevalent in the working population. Swedish and international research has shown that persons with CMD are at a higher risk of sickness absence, often in long episodes and in some cases also in disability pension. New Ways is a research program aimed at increased knowledge to identify, treat and support persons with common mental disorders to maintain their capacity to work and reduce the need for sickness absence. The point of departure is that increased work place flexibility, early identification and treatment of CMD in the health care and an early and adjusted rehabilitation can strengthen work capacity and prevent short and long sickness absence. Since capacity to work constitute the basis for income, social inclusion and structures the everyday life it is important that persons are not excluded from work due to limited knowledge (or prejudices) concerning CMD among managers at different level or due to limitations in the sickness absence and rehabilitation process.

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. 

Contact Information

Gunnel Hensing, Principal investigator

4631-786 68 62

Contact Information

Agneta Blomberg, Project coordinator

4631-786 32 22

Activities within the New Ways

Read more about the activities that are connected to the New Ways programme. 

Page Manager: Katarina Englund|Last update: 9/6/2016

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