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Social Medicine

Dag Bruusgaard, Gunnar Tellnes, Bjørgulf Claussen and Per Fugelli. Photo: Anbjørg Kolaas

About the group

The research strategy has been dominated by social security medicine – for many years this group was the only one in this field of research in Norway. This field of research has expanded to encompass musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. Ullensaker study), social inequalities in health and rehabilitation efforts.

Social Security Medicine: We have used the well developed Norwegian registers covering the whole population to study sickness absence, disability pensioning and the roles of physicians.

The Ullensaker study:This population study started in 1990 with follow ups in 1994, 2004 and 2010. It concerns musculoskeletal as well as non-musculoskeletal multisymptom reporting, medically unexplained symptoms and functional ability. A certain theoretical work is being done in the field of multi-symptomatology. The small research group is in the international forefront with this approach to the poorly described phenomenon of symptom reporting

Injury prevention: A study of the epidemiology of injuries was carried out recently, mostly using the Register of Injuries and other health registers. 7.300 occupational injuries were linked to data on socioeconomic characteristics and social security benefits. A severity indicator was constructed in collaboration with researchers across Europe as an approach to assess years lived with disability after injuries based on medical diagnoses.

Rehabilitation research: New rehabilitation methods were initiated by one of the professors at in this research group through the establishment of centres of “Nature-Culture-Health”, the first starting in 1994.

We have international cooperation both with Nordic and European partners, and have together with Swedish colleagues created a section for social security research within the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

Nationally, we participate in new Norwegian social security research groups at the University of Bergen and NTNU in Trondheim and we cooperate in evaluations of rehabilitation Research.


Published Feb. 23, 2011 2:19 PM - Last modified Jan. 30, 2017 4:32 PM