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Elin Ekbladh

Associate Professor, Docent

To be excluded from the labour market implies an increased risk of ill health for the individual and a cost for society. Development of methods for assessing work ability and identifying individual rehabilitation needs are central of my research.

Assessment of work ability and person-centred vocational rehabilitation interventions

My research field is vocational rehabilitation, with particular focus on assessment of work ability and individual rehabilitation needs

A central element of my research is the processing, development and psychometric testing of the Swedish versions of the instruments Worker Role Interview (WRI) and Work Environment Impact Scale (WEIS). WRI and WEIS are work-related interview instruments with the accompanying rating scale, and have been developed with the aim of assessing the influence of subjective psychosocial and environmental factors on work ability. Using WRI, an estimate can be obtained of how a person’s motivation, daily habits and routines, and the surrounding social environment influence that person’s work potential. WEIS focuses on person-environment interaction, and the assessment includes identifying the person’s experience of impeding and supportive psychosocial and physical work environmental factors, and their effect on the person’s sense of satisfaction and well-being at work.

The instruments have achieved a notable distribution and are used in various authorities including the Swedish public employment agency, primary care and insurance-medical investigation units as well as at various private, municipal and county council/region-based work rehabilitation centres in Sweden. 

  • WRI – Worker Role Interview
  • WEIS – Work Environment Impact Scale

Appointments, networks I belong to, academic qualifications

Academic qualifications

• Registered Occupational therapist 1997

• Master of Science degree 1999

• Doctor of Medical Science 2008


• Deputy member of the faculty board, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

• Convener of the Curriculum group, Occupational Therapy programme

• Deputy member of the programme committee, Occupational Therapy programme


Networks I belong to

• International network for Model of Human Occupation scholars

• National psychometric network for Health Sciences researchers

*SPID – National research network in the area of health insurance



Cover of publication ''
Moa Yngve, Elin Ekbladh (2015)

Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy , Vol.22 , s.417-423 Continue to DOI

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Elin Ekbladh, Chia-Wei Fan, Jan Sandqvist, Helena Hemmingsson, Renée Taylor (2014)

Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation , Vol.47 , s.213-219 Continue to DOI

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Elin Ekbladh, Lars-Håkan Thorell, Lena Haglund (2010)

Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation , Vol.35 , s.163-172 Continue to DOI


Jessica Vollertsen, Mathilda Björk, Anna-Karin Norlin, Elin Ekbladh (2023) The impact of post-stroke fatigue on work and other everyday life activities for the working age population - a registry-based cohort study Annals of Medicine, Vol. 55, Article 2269961 Continue to DOI
Sandra Mårtensson, Helene Lidström, Elin Ekbladh (2023) Students with Difficulties Managing Vocational Education in High School: Identifying Intervention Areas Related to Self-Reported Student-Environment Fit and Mental Health JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SCHOOLS AND EARLY INTERVENTION Continue to DOI
Moa Yngve, Elin Ekbladh, Helene Lidström, Helena Hemmingsson (2023) Information and communication technology to improve school participation among upper secondary school students with special educational needs Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 30, p. 311-321 Continue to DOI
Jennie Ingrid Kristina Nyman, Elin Ekbladh, Mathilda Björk, Peter Johansson, Jan Sandqvist (2023) Feasibility of a new homebased ballistocardiographic tool for sleep-assessment in a real-life context among workers Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, Vol. 74, p. 1353-1360 Continue to DOI
Moa Yngve, Helene Lidström, Helena Hemmingsson, Elin Ekbladh (2023) Establishment in productive occupations and perceived work ability among former students with special educational needs one year after upper secondary education Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, Vol. 75, p. 85-95 Continue to DOI


Assessment instruments

Further research projects

Transition to work and further studies after upper secondary school 

Pupils in upper secondary education who need special support, both those with and those without diagnoses, are disproportionately represented among pupils that go directly from school into unemployment. Their difficulties at school can be due to various forms of learning disabilities, e g reading and writing difficulties or neuropsychiatric functional disorders such as ADHD. The common factor is that cognitive disabilities have a negative effect on the ability to concentrate, to follow instructions, and to organise and plan activities. I am part of research projects investigating whether individually designed measures in the form of technology adaptation and support give pupils with disabilities greater possibilities to manage their upper secondary education, and whether the intervention has any effect on the transition to work and further studies after completion of upper secondary school.


Returning to work – person-centred rehabilitation after stroke

I am also involved in the project Person-centred rehabilitation for return to work after stroke, based at Karolinska Institutet (KI). This project is about evaluating a new method of person-centred rehabilitation which aims to get persons back into work after stroke. Among the instruments used in the project, WRI, WEIS and AWP are used. The research project leader is Gunilla Eriksson MD.

Assistant supervisor

I am assistant supervisor of Moa Yngve, who is a doctoral student on the research programme “An intervention to facilitate school attendance and the transition to work and further studies for pupils needing special support in upper secondary school”. This research project is part of the research theme Disability in school – transition to work.

Fields of Teaching

Occupational Therapy programme 

  • Course coordinator of Degree project in occupational therapy, first cycle
  • Course coordinator of Occupational therapy in vocational rehabilitation, second cycle
  • Examiner during semester 1 and of the degree project course at Bachelor level
  • Supervisor of first and second-cycle students
  • Other teaching appointments: PBL group tutor, lectures on vocational rehabilitation, scientific methods and the Model of Human Occupation.

Educational development 

I am interested in educational issues and have an appointment to work on curriculum development for the Occupational Therapy programme.




Collaboration with researchers in Occupational therapy