Work directed health support programs for unemployed persons in need of social welfare support

Many of those seeking social welfare support are unable to provide for themselves because of unemployment. To increase the chances for persons on, or in need of social welfare support, to achieve a paid job, the Stockholm labour market administration offers work directed health programs. Such programs provide individually based health and life style support, for example by giving advice how to initiate a physical training program. The question is whether there is evidence that such programs are efficient in improving participant’s activity and facilitating their chances of achieving a job.


What evidential support is there that work directed health support programs, given individually or in groups, increase the activity and the chances of obtaining a paid job for unemployed persons in need of, or receiving, social welfare support?

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SBU Enquiry Service 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.

Published: 10/2/2017
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