Course leader presentation: Emilie Friberg
Work Disability Prevention – Bridging research and practice
8th – 12th of June 2020, Strandhotel Marienlyst, Helsingør, Denmark
Emilie Friberg is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in cohort analyses, database management, and use of register data. Since 2011 she applies this knowledge on the field of insurance medicine, focusing mainly on risk factors and consequences of sickness absence in relation to specific diagnoses (primarily multiple sclerosis, traffic injuries and breast cancer), as well as on interactions between sickness absentees, healthcare professionals, and the social insurance. She is alumni of the Canadian CIHR funded transdisciplinary WDP-program and employed as a researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
Why is work disability prevention and integration an important and current issue to discuss in 2020?
When a worker is unable to resume or remain at work because of a health problem it impacts not only on the individual, in terms of having both social and economic consequences, among other things, especially if the work disability becomes long term. It also impacts their families, employers, policy makers, insurers, healthcare providers, and society at large. It constantly surprises me that these issues don’t receive even more attention.
What do you want to say to the participants of the course?
The participants will go back home with a better understanding of the complexities of WDP and the different perspectives one can adopt, as well as practical knowledge related to the design and evaluation of WDP research.