Background and activities
I do research on sickness absence and interventions to increase return to work for individuals sick-listed due to musculoskeletal complaints and common mental health disorders. Other areas I work on is work and health, and physical activity.
My PhD was on a part of the Hysnes project. A large project evaluating the effects of inpatient occupational rehabilitation through three RCTs. I now work at the Department of Public Health and Nursing as a researcher, where I also head the research group Work and Health.
My background is medicine (physician) with a specialization in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I hold an adjunct position at Unicare Helsefort Rehabilitation center as a physician and R&D leader. The rehabilitation center have patients with chronic pain, stroke, traumatic brain injury, obesity and CFS/ME.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2022) Stratifying workers on sick leave due to musculoskeletal pain: Translation, cross-cultural adaptation and construct validity of the Norwegian Keele STarT MSK tool. Scandinavian Journal of Pain.
- (2021) The Readiness for Return to Work Scale; Does it Help in Evaluation of Return to Work?. Journal of occupational rehabilitation.
- (2021) Recovery trajectories in common musculoskeletal complaints by diagnosis contra prognostic phenotypes. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
- (2021) Genetic variants related to physical activity or sedentary behaviour: a systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. vol. 18:15.
- (2021) Two‑Year Follow‑Up of a Randomized Clinical Trial of Inpatient Multimodal Occupational Rehabilitation Vs Outpatient Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Sick Listed Workers with Musculoskeletal or Common Mental Disorders. Journal of occupational rehabilitation. vol. 31.
- (2021) Physical activity level following resistance training in community-dwelling older adults receiving home care: Results from a cluster-randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). vol. 18 (13).
- (2021) Barriers and Facilitators for Implementing Motivational Interviewing as a Return to Work Intervention in a Norwegian Social Insurance Setting: A Mixed Methods Process Evaluation. Journal of occupational rehabilitation. vol. 31.
- (2021) Individually tailored self-management app-based intervention (selfBACK) versus a self-management web-based intervention (e-Help) or usual care in people with low back and neck pain referred to secondary care: protocol for a multiarm randomised clinical trial. BMJ Open. vol. 11 (9).
- (2021) A treatment strategy for meeting life as it is. Patients' and therapists' experiences of brief therapy in a district psychiatric centre: A qualitative study. PLOS ONE. vol. 16 (10).
- (2021) Return to work self-efficacy after occupational rehabilitation for musculoskeletal- and common mental health disorders: secondary outcomes of a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. vol. 53 (1).
- (2021) Insomnia is Associated with the Effect of Inpatient Multimodal Occupational Rehabilitation on Work Participation in Workers with Musculoskeletal or Mental Health Disorders: Secondary Analyses of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Nature and Science of Sleep. vol. 13.
- (2021) Health, Work, and Family Strain – Psychosocial Experiences at the Early Stages of Long-Term Sickness Absence. Frontiers in Psychology. vol. 12.
- (2021) Workplace flexibility important for part-time sick leave selection—an exploratory cross-sectional study of long-term sick listed in Norway. BMC Public Health. vol. 21.
- (2020) Effectiveness of a resistance training program on physical function, muscle strength, and body composition in community-dwelling older adults receiving home care: A cluster-randomized controlled trial. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity. vol. 17.
- (2020) Sick-listed workers’ experiences with motivational interviewing in the return to work process: a qualitative interview study. BMC Public Health. vol. 20 (276).
- (2020) Inpatient multimodal occupational rehabilitation reduces sickness absence among individuals with musculoskeletal and common mental health disorders: a randomized clinical trial. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. vol. 46 (4).
- (2020) Professionals’ perceptions of the establishment of a specialized brief therapy unit in a district psychiatric centre - a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research. vol. 20 (1).
- (2020) Subgroups of long-term sick-listed based on prognostic return to work factors across diagnoses – A cross-sectional latent class analysis. Journal of occupational rehabilitation.
- (2019) Is there really a “golden hour” for work disability interventions? A narrative review. Disability and Rehabilitation. vol. 42 (4).
- (2019) Changes in fear-avoidance beliefs and work participation after occupational rehabilitation for musculoskeletal- and common mental disorders: secondary outcomes of two randomized clinical trials. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. vol. 51 (3).