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Gunnar Ahlborg


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Research Areas

As a physician, specialized in occupational and environmental medicine I have for several decades been engaged in research focusing on health effects of various physical, ergonomic and psychosocial exposures. In more recent years organizational and social factors, stress and mental health have been my main interest. Now, being partly retired, my research activity is more of a counselling nature.


Bergenheim, A.; Ahlborg, G., Jr.; Bernhardsson, S.
Nature-Based Rehabilitation for Patients with Long-Standing Stress-Related Mental Disorders: A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis of Patients’ Experiences.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021

Hadzibajramovic E, Ahlborg Jr G, Grimby-Ekman A.
Concurrent and lagged effects of psychosocial job stressors on symptoms of burnout.
Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2019 

Bertilsson M, Maeland S, Löve J, Ahlborg Jr G, Werner L.E, Hensing G
The capacity to work puzzle: a qualitative study of physicians’ assessments for patients with common mental disorders
BMC Family Practice 2018

Wramsten Wilmar M, Dellve L, Ahlborg Jr G, Jacobsson C. 
Swedish Healthcare Managers and the Media – A Study of Strategies and Support During Mass Media Attention. 
Scandinavian Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 2017

Håkansson C, Ahlborg G Jr. 
Occupational imbalance and the role of perceived stress in predicting stress-related disorders. 
Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2017

Bååthe F, Ahlborg G Jr, Edgren L, Lagström A, Nilsson K. 
Uncovering paradoxes from physicians' experiences of patient-centered ward-round. 
Leadership in Health Services, 2016

Håkansson C och Ahlborg jr G, 
Occupations, perceived stress, and stress-related disorders among women and men in the public sector in Sweden 
Scand J Occup Therapy, May 2016 

Eklöf M, Ahlborg G Jr. 
Improving communication among healthcare workers: a controlled study. 
Journal of Workplace Learning, 2016 

Hadzibajramovic E, Ahlborg jr G, Håkansson C, Lundgren-Nilsson Å och Grimby-Ekman A. 
Affective stress responses during leisure time: Validity evaluation of a modified version of the Stress-Energy Questionnaire. 
J Public Health, September 2015

Grill C, Ahlborg Jr G, Wikström E, Lindgren EC. 
Multiple balances in workplace dialogue - experiences of an intervention in health care. 
Journal of Workplace Learning, 2015 

Wiegner L, Hange D, Björkelund C och Ahlborg Jr G 
Prevalence of perceived stress and associations to symptoms of exhaustion, depression and anxiety in a working age population seeking primary care - an observational study 
BMC Family Practice, 2015

Hadzibajramovic E, Ahlborg G Jr, Grimby-Ekman A, Lundgren-Nilsson Å 
Internal construct validity of the stress-energy questionnaire in a working population, a cohort study 
BMC Public Health 2015

Sahlin E, Ahlborg G Jr, Tenenbaum A, Grahn P 
Using Nature-Based Rehabilitation to restart a stalled process of rehabilitation in individuals with stress-related mental illness 
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2015

Bertilsson M, Löve J, Ahlborg Jr G, Hensing G 
Health care professional's experience-based understanding of individuals' capacity to work while depressed and anxious 
Scandinavian Journal of Occypational Therapy, Januari 2015

Lindwall M., Gerber M, Börjeson M, Jonsdottir I.H., Ahlborg Jr G. The relationship of change in physical activity with change in depression, anxiety, and burnout: A longitudinal study of Swedish health care workers. Health Psychol, Nov 2014 

Eva Sahlin, Agneta Lindegård, Emina Hadzibajramovic, Patrik Grahn, Josefa Vega Matuszczyk & Gunnar Ahlborg Jr. The Influence of the Environment on Directed Attention, Blood Pressure and Heart Rate—An Experimental Study Using a Relaxation Intervention Landscape Research, 2014

Fredrik Baathe, Gunnar Ahlborg Jr, Annica Lagström, Lars Edgren, Kerstin Nilsson. Physician experiences of patient-centered and team- based ward rounding – an interview based case-study. Journal of Health Administration, 2014

Lindegård A, Larsman P, Hadzibajramovic E, Ahlborg G Jr. The influence of perceived stress and musculoskeletal pain on work performance and work ability in Swedish health care workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health, Maj 2014

Gerber, M, Jonsdottir I.H, Lindwall M, Ahlborg Jr. G. Physical Activity in Employees with Differing Occupational Stress and Mental Health Profiles: A Latent Profile Analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Augusti 2014

Grill C, Ahlborg Jr, Wikström E. Health care managers learning by listening to subordinates' dialogue training Journal of Health Organization and Management, 2014

Sahlin E, Ahlborg G Jr, Vega Matuszczyk J, Grahn P. Nature-Based Stress Management Course for Individuals at Risk of Adverse Health Effects from Work-Related Stress—Effects on Stress Related Symptoms, Workability and Sick Leave. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2014

Bertilsson M, Vaez M, Waern M, Ahlborg G, Hensing G. A prospective study on self-assessed mental well-being and work capacity as determinants of all-cause sickness absence. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, Juni 2014

Glise K, Ahlborg G Jr, Jonsdottir IH. Prevalence and course of somatic symptoms in patients with stress related exhaustion: Does sex or age matter? BMC Psychiatry, 2014 

Wramsten Wilmar M, Ahlborg G Jr, Jacobsson C, Dellve L. Healthcare managers in negative media focus: a qualitative study of personification processes and their personal consequenses. BMC Health Serv Res, Januari 2014

Hensing G, Bertilsson M, Ahlborg Jr G, Waern M, Vaez M. Self-assessed mental health problems and work capacity as determinants of return to work: a prospective general population-based study of individuals with all-cause sickness absence. BMC Psychiatry, Oktober 2013

Arvidson, E., Börjesson, M., Ahlborg G., Lindegård A., Jonsdottir I.H. The level of leisure time physical activity is associated with work ability- a cross sectional and prospective study of health care workers. BMC Public Health, September 2013 

Lundgren Å, Jonsdottir IH, Ahlborg GA, Tennant A. The internal (factorial) construct validity of the Psychological General Well Being Index (PGWBI) in a sample of patients undergoing treatment for stress-related exhaustion. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 2013

Sahlin E, Vega Matuszczyk J, Ahlborg G Jr, Grahn P. How do participants in nature-based therapy experience and evaluate their rehabilitation? Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 2012

Glise K, Ahlborg G Jr and Jonsdottir I.H. Course of mental illness in patients with stress-related exhaustion. Does gender and age make a difference? BMC Psychiatry, Mars 2012

Lundgren-Nilsson A, Jonsdottir IH, Pallant J, Ahlborg G Jr. Internal construct validity of the Shirom-Melamed Burnout questionnaire (SMBQ). BMC Public Health, Januari 2012 

Skagert K, Dellve L and Ahlborg G Jr. A prospective study of managers' turnover and health in a healthcare organization. Journal of Nursing Management, December 2011

Dellve L, Hadzibajramovic E, Ahlborg G Jr. Work attendance among health care workers: prevalence, incentives and consequences for health and performance. J Adv Nurs, September 2011

Grill C, Ahlborg G, Lindgren EC. Valuation and handling of dialogue in leadership. A grounded theory study in Swedish hospitals. J Health Organization and Management, 2011 

Jonsdottir I.H, Borjesson M, Ahlborg G Jr. Healthcare workers' participation in a healthy-lifestyle-promotion project in western Sweden. BMC Public Health, Juni 2011 

Larsman P, Lindegård A, Ahlborg G Jr. Longitudinal relations between psychosocial work environment, stress and the development of musculoskeletal pain 2011. Stress & Health, Augusti 2011 

Jonsdottir I.H,, Rödjer L., Hadzibajramovic E., Börjesson M., Ahlborg Jr G. A prospective study of leisure time physical activity and mental health in Swedish health care workers and social insurance officers. Prev Med, November 2010

Håkansson C, Ahlborg Jr G. Perceptions of employment, domestic work, and leisure as predictors of health among women and men. J Occup Science, 2010

Glise K, Hadzibajramovic E, Jonsdottir IH, Ahlborg G Jr. Self-reported exhaustion: a possible indicator of reduced work ability and increased risk of sickness absence among human service workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health, Juni 2010

Skagert K, Dellve L, Eklöf M, Pousette A, Ahlborg Jr G. Leaders´ strategies for dealing with own and their subordinates´ stress in public human service organisations. Applied Ergonomics, 2008

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