The Division of Health Services in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was commissioned by the Norwegian Directorate of Health to conduct a systematic literature search with subsequent categorization of relevant literature. The commission was to map what exists of advice and guidelines about concurrent health and work related interventions for adults with mental health problems and/or musculoskeletal diseases, who that are on sick leave, receive welfare benefits or are at risk of losing their work.
One information specialist conducted a search for systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in five databases and 15 sources of guidelines in November 2018. One researcher screened titles and abstracts, identified publications according to set inclusion criteria, categorized, and sorted the included reviews and guidelines.
- We identified 84 clinical practice guidelines and 112 reviews as relevant.
- 48 of the relevant guidelines targeted adults with metal health problems like anxiety and depression, while 36 guidelines targeted adults with muscoloskeletal diseases.
- 24 relevant reviews summarised the effects of interventions on health and work related outcomes among adults with mental health problems and 88 reviews targeted adults with muscoloskeletal diseases.
The results show that there is a substantial amount of advice and normative documents about concurrent health and work related interventions for adults with mental health problems and/or musculoskeletal diseases.