Work Environment Conditions for Health Care Professionals

Modifiable factors on organizational level to improve health and wellbeing

20th of March 2024
Online webinar

10.00-12.00 am CET (Central European Time)

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About this webinar

Employees in the health care sector are highly exposed to occupational factors that may lead to ill-health and sickness absence as well as an increased turnover. It is therefore important to understand what these risk factors are and how they interact to be able to prevent and counteract negative effects and create a healthy workplace.

The health care sector is heterogeneous with a lot of different professions and contexts, which highlights the need to understand a variation of risks and possibilities that may influence the employees’ health and wellbeing. In addition, this is a sector affected by an aging population, potentially putting increasing demands on healthcare organizations.


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The webinar will present the results from two reports commissioned by the Swedish Agency for Work Environment Expertise. The overall aim of these reports is to provide greater understanding and knowledge on organizational work environment conditions, occupational health and factors for wellbeing and good health at work for health care professionals. The goal of the webinar is to provide stakeholders with knowledge that may assist and provide guidance in occupational safety and health management, systematic work environment work and policy making.

Webinar outline

The webinar took place on the 20th of March at 10.00-12.00 am CET (Central European Time).

The webinar consists of presentations and discussions based on a systematic search and review of organizational factors affecting the health of healthcare professionals in the Nordic countries. In addition, we will present newly collected survey data from a national representative sample of registered nurses, physicians and nurse assistants including occupational health and risk- and health promoting factors in their work environment.

About the lecturers

Magnus Åkerström, Associate Professor in occupational and environmental medicine at Gothenburg University and Senior Development Manager at the Institute of Stress Medicine in Region Västra Götaland. Magnus is leading and participating in several projects focusing on the organizational and social work environment within the public sector and how to design, implement and evaluate organizational-level workplace interventions.

Emma Brulin, Associate Professor in occupational and environmental medicine at Karolinska Institutet and registered nurse. Emma is leading several projects investigating occupational health and risk- and health promoting factors in health care personnels’ work environment and how that links to quality of care and patient safety. She is also leading the Longitudinal survey on Occupational Health in HealthCare Sweden (LOHHCS) study which data is presented during the webinar.

Jens Wahlström, Senior lecturer and associate professor at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University. Jens’ research focus on ergonomics, cold exposure, vibrations, and associations with health. Much of the research is based on the cohorts Bygghälsan and CHINS (Cold and Health in Northern Sweden).

Agneta Lindegård Andersson, Associate Professor in public health at Gothenburg University and Senior Development Manager at the Institute of Stress Medicine in Region Västra Götaland. Agneta is studying various aspects of the psychosocial work environment in clinically oriented projects on stress-related ill health in general and exhaustion disorder in particular.

Contact person

Project Manager and Sustainability Advisor
Nora Tobiasson

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