Reactions to severe stress, maladaptive stress responses, and the Swedish stress diagnosis exhaustion syndrome are common reasons for long-term sick leave. Stress-related disorders have multiple causes but are in many cases attributed to the individual’s work situation and workload. Work-directed rehabilitation is commonly recommended in combination with other kinds of treatment.
What evidential support is there that work-directed interventions reduce symptoms and facilitate return to work in persons on sick leave due to stress-related disorders?
SBU Enquiry response consists of systematic literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed. The quality of the studies identified is not systematically reviewed.
Anna Andreasson, Laura Lintamo and Per Lytsy at SBU.