Research on work ability hit the jackpot

Within the framework of a government commission, Försäkringskassan – in collaboration with the National Board of Health and Welfare and in consultation with the Employment Agency – has further developed methods and instruments for the assessment of work ability within social insurance, which has led to a new form of assessment, AFU (activity ability analysis).

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The aim of the medical part of the activity ability analysis is to establish an individual’s abilities for work. This is done in order for Försäkringskassan to obtain more knowledge about these conditions when assessing work ability. This applies primarily to sick leave which is about to pass day 181 of the rehabilitation chain.

Collaboration project at LiU granted SEK 3 million

As part of the evaluation of the new assessment form, AFU, Försäkringskassan in 2013 announced a SEK 3 million research grant to enable an external review of AFU, in addition to Försäkringskassan’s internal evaluation.

Försäkringskassan, together with the agency’s scientific council, assessed the applications. The outcome was good news for Linköping University (LiU), as two applications from there were deemed the most relevant, feasible and representative of good science.

The applications were from Professor Björn Gerdle at the Department of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH) together with Jan Sandqvist, Senior Lecturer of occupational therapy at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV), and from Senior Lecturer Christian Ståhl and Professor Kerstin Ekberg, both at the National Centre for Work and Rehabilitation (RAR). The former application also involved LiU researchers Professor Helena Hemmingsson at ISV, and Docent Britt Larsson and Dag Lemming MD at IMH.

The projects are collaborating during 2014-2015, and will share the SEK 3 million grant. Both projects will submit final reports to Försäkringskassan in January 2016.

Jan Sandqvist at ISV is the project manager.

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