Margareta Eriksson NLL, Lars Nyberg, LTU, Karin Zingmark NLL and Gunvor Gard LTU


Published: 19 March 2012

Researchers at The Department of Health Sciences , together with researchers in the Norrbotten County Council (NLL) received a total of 9.8 million for two research projects to improve the rehabilitation of patients with chronic pain in the neck / shoulder or back.

The funds received from REHSAM, a research program to better and more effective treatment in the context of rehabilitation warranty. REHSAM program funded by the Ministry of Health via the Social Insurance Agency and Vårdalstiftelsen.

The purpose of the first research project "Pain Rehabilitation in cooperation" between the NLL and LTU is to develop and evaluate methods for the rehabilitation of patients with chronic pain. The idea is that the patients in addition to a so-called multimodal support ie rehabilitation with multiple health care providers involved (physical therapists, doctors, occupational therapists and social workers) also will be working Web-based self-help programs on their own. The goal is to get patients more involved in his rehabilitation and hopefully that rehabilitation time will be shorter. The study looked at medical centers that are certified for multimodal rehabilitation.

The work is performed within a research team, with three researchers from LTU, Gunvor Gard, Lars Nyberg, Peter Michaelson, and three researchers from the NLL, R & D Director Karin Zingmark, Ph.D. Maria Jansson and PhD Margareta Eriksson included. Margareta Eriksson, NLL is the project coordinator and is in regular contact with participating health centers. The team also has a PhD, Catharina Nordin, focusing on patient participation in multimodal rehabilitation.

The second project is a continuation and development of the existing project "Pain Rehabilitation in cooperation." In the further study will be the web-based self-help program to be developed and combined with individual coaching to enhance our ability to tailor the rehabilitation of persons with chronic pain in the neck / shoulder or back.

The purpose of the research is that rehabilitation is more effective and shorter and lead to more rapid return to work for patients. The aim is also to patients' participation in the rehabilitation process will increase and as well as provide enhanced quality of life.