The research group's main focus is the development and evaluation of complex interventions in work and everyday life. Our research focuses on the following main topics:
- Activity and participation in everyday life, school and work
- Complex interventions
- Knowledge translation and implementation research
National health strategies emphasize interventions that promote activity and participation among the population, in the local community and society, and throughout the life cycle. Therefore, we study interventions that target individuals or groups who have challenges in mastering work and everyday life in different phases of life.
As a basis for developing activity-oriented interventions, there is a need to develop research-based knowledge about activity and participation, both in the general population and in groups in need of health care.
Complex interventions include summarizing relevant empirical knowledge and theory, developing, piloting and adjusting interventions, full-scale studies with experimental design, qualitative studies to explore individual experiences and processes, and implementing results in practice.
For effective interventions to be used, research and practice must be linked. Development and implementation of projects must take place in close collaboration between users, clinicians and researchers, so that the results are implemented in clinical practice. Central to the research group's activity is user involvement in research and interdisciplinary collaboration.
The research group belongs to the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Health Technology and collaborates with a wide range of interdisciplinary research environments both nationally and internationally.
Thematic areas for our research
• Interventions to promote occupational health and participation in education
• Interventions to promote participation in everyday life occupations
Some of the projects are based at Oslo Metropolitan University. However, several of the projects have other institutions as their main address. These projects have members from our research group as collaborating researchers or as primary investigators.
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The rationale for the three pillars guiding our research:
- Activity and participation: As a basis for developing activity-oriented interventions, occupational therapists need to develop research-based knowledge of activity and participation, both in the general population and in groups in need of health care.
- Complex interventions: This includes summarising relevant empirical knowledge and theory; development, piloting and adjustment of interventions; full-scale trials in experimental studies; and implementation in practice.
- Knowledge translation: For the effective implementation of interventions, research and practice must be linked. Development and implementation of study results take place in close collaboration between service users, clinicians and researchers. User involvement and co-production in research is therefore central to the research group's activities.
Occupational health and work inclusion
- Crossing and Managing Boundaries between Work and Non-Work - Co-creating Healthy Teleworking - CROSSBOW Crossbow: Boundaries and balancing between work and home – OsloMet. Crossbow: Grensedragninger og balansegang mellom arbeid og hjem - OsloMet.
- The Evolution of the Healthy Hybrid Worker - The interplay between social participation and support, health, and technology in the workplace (Social @ Work).
- THE NOW-2 PROJECT: Reassessment of services for people on long-term sick leave. The project explores how services for people on sick leave are designed, organized and offered, and sheds light on how long-term sick leavers can re-start their own return process. "What now?" New action program for people on long-term sick leave – Presenter.
- Evaluation of a combined cognitive and work-oriented intervention after mild-to-moderate traumatic head injury: a randomized controlled trial. The effect evaluation of combined cognitive and vocational interventions after mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial and qualitative process evaluation - Institute of Health and Society (med.uio.no).
- The How, When and Where of Support @Work for people with severe mental illness - About the support in Individual job support.
- Development program Søndre Nordstrand - The development program will strengthen the work inclusion in the district Development program Søndre Nordstrand – OsloMet. Utviklingsprogram Søndre Nordstrand - OsloMet.
Everyday life, activity and social participation
- The project "BoVEL" aims to investigate whether social technology can help reduce loneliness and social isolation so that elderly people in need of care can live longer at home with an increased quality of life. HOUSINGWEL – Centre for Housing and Welfare Research.
- The Trust Model in home-based services for the elderly. Demographic changes and an increasing proportion of older people require restructuring in the health and care services in Norway. The trust model is about service allocation where the goal is for the individual to be involved based on what is important to them.
- Psychosocial well-being following stroke, evaluation of a complex intervention. This randomized controlled trial aims to investigate whether a dialogue-based psychosocial intervention can promote psychosocial well-being after a stroke. Psychosocial wellbeing following stroke - Institute of Health and Society (med.uio.no).
- Occupational therapy versus surgery in carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Occupational therapy and surgery for CMC osteoarthritis - Diakonhjemmet Hospital. Can occupational therapy delay or reduce the need for surgery in CMC osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. The aim of this study is to investigate whether occupational therapy in the waiting period before surgical assessment can reduce or delay the need for surgery in people with osteoarthritis of the thumb root joint (CMC joint). Ergoterapi og kirurgi ved CMC-artrose.
- Development of a course of treatment for patients with osteoarthritis. The Care Pathway project. Development of a course of treatment for people with osteoarthritis, Diakonhjemmet Hospital.
- Occupational therapists as responsible global citizens. Internationalization of the curriculum addressing diversity, innovation and occupational justice by utilizing virtual exchange as a facilitator for international mobility. The purpose is to integrate and increase international activities in BA occupational therapy and train responsible occupational therapists who can contribute to global health, diversity, innovation, technology and the right to activity and participation.
- Development of an app Stay Alive to prevent suicide. It is a collaborative project between OsloMet, Mental Health Youth, ELPIS and LEVE.
- Health-promoting and preventive work aimed at young people's mental health - an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral responsibility. Mental health problems are increasing in the young population. How can the municipal health service and the school sector work together to prevent mental health problems in young people? Health-promoting and preventive work aimed at young people's mental health - an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral responsibility – OsloMet.
- Reablement - a new approach to sustainability and person-centeredness in long-term care for older people.
- The Assisted Living Project – OsloMet. The project contributed knowledge aimed at the use of welfare technology among the elderly with mild cognitive difficulties and develop "smart" technological solutions for this group. PhD project by Torhild Holthe (oda.oslomet.no).
- Alcohol consumption and impaired work performance. Interventions, and implementation barriers. PhD project by Mikkel Magnus Thørrisen (oda.oslomet.no).
- Return to work coordination: Concept, consequences, and challenges, PhD project by Lisebet Skeie Skarpaas (oda.oslomet.no).
- A self-management program for individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome: Development, piloting and evaluation, PhD project by Irma Pinxsterhuis.
- Lifestyle intervention for older adults in rehabilitation after stroke: Development, implementation and evaluation, PhD project by Anne Lund.
Internal partners at OsloMet
The research group collaborates with the Faculty of Social Sciences (SAM), the Faculty of Art, Technology and Design (TKD), the Department of Nursing and Health Promotion (SHA), the Work Research Institute (AFI), as well as the research-groups (Re)habilitation – Individuals, Services and Society, Ageing, health and welfare; and Clinical Interventions and Biomedical Engineering.
- Oslo University Hospital, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (oslo-universitetssykehus.no)
- University of Oslo, Department of Health and Society, Faculty of Medicine (med.uio.no)
- National competence service for rheumatological rehabilitation (NKRR) at Diakonhjemmet Hospital (diakonhjemmetsykehus.no)
- Sunnaas Hospital (sunnaas.no)
- Fontenehus Norge (fontenehus.no)
- The Norwegian National Centre for Ageing and Health (aldringoghelse.no)
- University of Stavanger, Department of Public Health (uis.no)
- Presenter, Stavanger Innovation Park (innovasjonspark.no)
- Western University Canada, Professor Debbie Laliberte Rudman (uwo.ca)
- Queen's University, Fakultet for helsevitenskap, Associate Professor Dorothy Kessler (healthsci.queensu.ca)
- Norway Health Tech (norwayhealthtech.com)
- Personal Injury Association LTN (personskadeforbundet.no)
- ELPIS (elpis.no)
- LEVE (leve.no)
- Mental Helse Ungdom - For barn og unge opp til 36 år (mentalhelseungdom.no)