Work support in your pocket: Development and evaluation of mWorks, a digtal mental health intervention for return-to-work, participation and empowerment among people with mental health problems

  • Sundquist, Jan (PI)
  • Hansson, Lars L. (CoPI)
  • Gerdtham, Ulf G U.G. (CoPI)
  • Petersson, Göran G. (CoPI)
  • Bejerholm, Ulrika U. (CoPI)
  • Stjernswärd, Sigrid S. (CoPI)
  • Svedberg, Petra P. (CoPI)

Project Details


Our society and research testify to the lack of coordinated services and interventions that lead to a return to work (RTW) for persons with mental health problems. According to the latest research reduced hope, empowerment and self-stigma, decreased influence in a fragmented rehabilitation chain, and little faith in existing methods affect RTW in this group of people in a comprehensive way. Simultaneously, a strong belief and work self-efficacy relates to a decrease in sick-leave and use of disability benefits. Employers are witnessed to have low mental health literacy and few support strategies despite extended responsibilities of the psychosocial work environment, which adds to this worrying situation. Our aim is therefore to develop and evaluate a digital mental health intervention called mWorks, to facilitate RTW among persons with depression, bipolar and anxiety disorder. The mWorks contributes to a coordinated individualized plan of support interventions and decision support for RTW, as well as a self-monitoring and self-management part to be used when difficult situations turn up at work. In order to develop an as optimal support as possible we combine evidence based methods as supported employment (SE) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). We want to develop mWorks 1) through a participatory design and iterative process among users, professionals from care, employment and insurance services, employers, psychologists, developers of ICT-systems, and researchers, 2) evaluate the feasibility and implementation process, and 3) through a multi-center randomized controlled trial evaluate the effectiveness and difference between mWorks and traditional vocational rehabilitation on returning to work or not (primary outcome), sick-leave days, working hours and income (monthly evaluation) after 12 months, and whether participation, empowerment, work-ability, mental health, health-economy (QALY) and cost-effectiveness differ at 0-6-12 months and six months afterwards.

Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/19


  • Forskningsrådet om Hälsa, Arbetsliv och Välfärd: $622,264.00


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