Supported Employment & preventing Early Disability (SEED)

Project Department: Uni Research Health (group: Stress, Health and Rehabilitation) period: from 01.07.13

About the project

Long-lasting sickness absence is a risk factor for permanent disability, and the share of young people falling into early disability is an increasingly important problem in Norway. Early withdrawal or exclusion from the labor market leads to large individual and societal costs. The SEED-trial is a randomized controlled trial aiming to provide evidence-based knowledge about different approaches to increase labor market participation and prevent early disability in this important and vulnerable group. The trial includes unemployed individuals aged 18-29 years, and the participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 2 interventions, both aimed at facilitating participation in working life:

  1. Traditional Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR), offering training and preparation for the labor market in a sheltered environment
  2. Supported Employment (SE), focusing on competitive employment in real-life settings without long-lasting preceding training

Both interventions are currently provided by The Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV). Supported Employment was introduced recently and is currently being implemented, while traditional vocational rehabilitation with sheltered employment has been around for years. However, no Norwegian controlled studies have been conducted on these practices in this population. The current study will therefore provide new knowledge of the effect of traditional as well as new and promising interventions to increase labor market participation and prevent early disability, focusing on the following outcomes:

  • Sickness absence, benefits and disability (registry data)
  • Various measures for physical and mental health, disability and coping (survey data)
  • Cost effectiveness of the various interventions (cost/benefit analyses)

The trial is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (the Sickness Absence Research Programme) and is run by researchers at Uni Research Health. The main project period is set to 3 years, with an anticipated project start in the early spring of 2014.

Prosjektgruppen består av:

Silje E. Reme - principal investigator
Torill Tveito - co-principal investigator
Vigdis Sveinsdottir - project coordinator
Stein Atle Lie - statistician
Astrid Grasdal - health economics
Camilla Løvvik - co-worker
Eline Ree - co-worker
Ingrid Olsen - co-worker
Gary Bond co-worker, advisor

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