SLOSH – The Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health

SLOSH is a longitudinal study measuring various kinds of health in the Swedish workplace. It focuses on the connections between workplace participation, workplace environment, retirement and health. The study is expected to contribute to a better understanding of how the risks of disease and illness can be reduced in both personal and private life. SLOSH was started in 2006 and the seventh “wave” of data was collected in spring 2018.

Detailed description of the SLOSH cohort

SLOSH’s website

Må bra i skiftarbete – Which solutions help shift workers stay healthy?

This project is a two year investigation (2016-18) that aims to increase knowledge about the connection between shift work, sleep and health in order to contribute to a healthier life for people working in healthcare and other professions. The project is a collaboration between Stockholm University and Västerbotten County Council.

Göran Kecklund, Project Leader

Sofia Westerlund, Research Assistant

Timingstudien – Time and the workplace

This study, officially named ‘How a job gets under your skin: the connection between work, work environment, stress and health’ analyses the experience of stress over time. It distinguishes itself from other studies by focusing on how people experience their workplace, health and social situations over longer stretches and also on how stricter measurement of results affects outcomes. ‘Time and the workplace’ will develop and test how well a model with more metrics functions while investigating how daily work life influences health and healthy behaviours. This project began in 2017 and is financed by FORTE

Hugo Westerlund, Primary Researcher

Viktor Persson, Research Assistant

CHARLES – The Impact of the new EU regulations on pilot fatigue

In February 2016, EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and the EU commission enacted new rules on flight- and rest periods for pilots. CHARLES will evaluate how the new rules affect the pilots’ work performance by measuring their level of fatigue before and after the new regulations through time logs, surveys and field studies.

Göran Kecklund, Project Leader

Wessel van Leeuwen, Research Assistant

Dygnsrytmstudien – Circadian rhythm study

Light exposure is an important factor in adapting to different work schedules and many people who work odd hours develop “circadian rhythm stress.” This study looks how these individuals’ activity rhythms compare with the light rhythms (both daylight and electric light). The study uses new measuring methods and calls for interdisciplinary cooperation among technology developers, employers, health and environmental psychologists and public health specialists. Data was collected from 2016-17 and analysis is ongoing.

Arne Lowden, Project Leader                 

Gülcin Öztürk, Research Assistant                 

Healthy student

“Light treatment to promote mental health in teenagers” studies the effect of light boxes and CBT on Stockholm teenagers with varying degrees of depression. The project aims to increase knowledge on the effect of light boxes on depression and sleep and provide new tools for treatment. Data was collected from 2016-17 and analysis is ongoing.

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Arne Lowden, Project Leader                 

Gülcin Öztürk, Research Assistant