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Pongthippat, W., Darvishpour, M., Kijsompon, J. & Östlund, G. (2018). Broken dreams of a better life in Sweden: Thai women’s lived experiences of intimate partner violence by Swedish men in international marriages. Global Health Action, 11(1), 1-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Broken dreams of a better life in Sweden: Thai women’s lived experiences of intimate partner violence by Swedish men in international marriages
2018 (English)In: Global Health Action, ISSN 1654-9716, E-ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Intimate partner violence by men against women has detrimental effects on equality, health and integration. Migrated and ‘imported’ wives experience an increased risk of intimate partner violence. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore Thai immigrant women’s lived experiences of intimate partner violence in Sweden. Method: Semi-structured interviews based on the critical incident technique with specific questions about experiences of male-to-female intimate partner violence were used to collect data. The participants were Thai immigrant women who had lived in Sweden for more than five years. Qualitative content analysis was used to identify patterns and variations in the transcribed data material. Results: Eighteen interviewees reported psychological, physical, economic and/or sexual violence in their international marriages. These Thai women described being faithful and silent and reliable housewives. However, this did not keep them from being replaced and losing dignity as a result of intimate partner violence, including experiencing broken dreams and deception. Although their dreams were broken, they did not give up their efforts to achieve better lives in Sweden. Conclusions: The vulnerability of imported wives in international marriages needs to be further recognised by health and welfare agencies in Sweden, as elsewhere, to ensure that these women have equal access to human rights, welfare and health as other citizens. From a health promotion perspective, home-based health check-ups are needed to stop the exploitation of imported wives. In Thailand, information and education about the unrecognised negative conditions of the Mia farang role (Imported wife role) need to be disseminated.

National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Public Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41285 (URN)10.1080/16549716.2018.1496889 (DOI)000440729600001 ()30073910 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85051069200 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-11-05 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved
Björk, M., Thyberg, I., Valtersson, E., Östlund, G., Stenström, B. & Sverker, A. (2018). Foot Barriers in Patients With Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Interview Study Among Swedish Women and Men. Arthritis care & research, 70(9), 1348-1354
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Foot Barriers in Patients With Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: An Interview Study Among Swedish Women and Men
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2018 (English)In: Arthritis care & research, ISSN 2151-464X, E-ISSN 2151-4658, Vol. 70, no 9, p. 1348-1354Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Foot impairments are related to reduced mobility and participation restrictions in daily activities in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The new biologic medications are effective and reduce disease activity, but not disability to the same extent. Foot impairments are assumed to be related to participation restrictions also in patients with early RA, diagnosed after the introduction of biologic medications. Knowledge of foot impairments needs to be explored further after the introduction of biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs). The aim of this study was to explore the patients’ perspective of foot impairments related to early RA. Methods: The sample included 59 patients (ages 20–63 years) who were interviewed about participation dilemmas in daily life using the critical incident technique. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. Data related to foot impairments were extracted and analyzed thematically. A research partner validated the analysis. Results: Patients with early RA described a variety of participation restrictions related to foot impairments: foot hindrances in domestic life, foot impairments influencing work, leisure activities restricted by one's feet, struggling to be mobile, and foot impairments as an early sign of rheumatic disease. Conclusion: There is a need to focus on foot impairments related to early RA, and for health care professionals to understand these signs. A suggestion for future research is to conduct a longitudinal followup of foot impairment related to medication, disease activity, and disability in patients diagnosed after the introduction of bDMARDs. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley and Sons Inc., 2018
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-40921 (URN)10.1002/acr.23486 (DOI)000442984300009 ()29195001 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85052571000 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-09-13 Created: 2018-09-13 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved
Östlund, G., Zander, V., Elfström, M. L., Gustafsson, L.-K. & Anbäcken, E.-M. (2018). ´Nothing to do about it, simply hang on´ - Older women´s experiences of social and existential health after a reablement intervention. In: : . Paper presented at European Conference for Social Work Research 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>´Nothing to do about it, simply hang on´ - Older women´s experiences of social and existential health after a reablement intervention
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2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41519 (URN)
Conference
European Conference for Social Work Research 2018
Available from: 2018-12-09 Created: 2018-12-09 Last updated: 2018-12-10Bibliographically approved
Sverker, A., Thyberg, I., Valtersson, E., Bjork, M., Östlund, G. & Hjalmarsson, S. (2018). QUALITIES OF PARTICIPATION AS DESCRIBED BY PEOPLE WITH EARLY RA IN WORKING AGE. Paper presented at Congress of the European-League-Against-Rheumatism (EULAR), JUN 13-16, 2018, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 77, 1784-1784
Open this publication in new window or tab >>QUALITIES OF PARTICIPATION AS DESCRIBED BY PEOPLE WITH EARLY RA IN WORKING AGE
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2018 (English)In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, ISSN 0003-4967, E-ISSN 1468-2060, Vol. 77, p. 1784-1784Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, 2018
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41194 (URN)10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-eular.1690 (DOI)000444351005386 ()
Conference
Congress of the European-League-Against-Rheumatism (EULAR), JUN 13-16, 2018, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Available from: 2018-10-18 Created: 2018-10-18 Last updated: 2018-10-18Bibliographically approved
Östlund, G. & Johansson, G. (2018). Remaining in workforce: employment barriers for people with disabilities in a Swedish context. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 20(1), 18-25
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2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 18-25Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Participation in the workforce is lower among people with disabilities worldwide. In this study we explore how people with disabilities perceive their inclusion in working life. Twenty women and men were interviewed. The sample comprises a group of working people experiencing different kinds of physical and sensory disabilities. The employment barriers found were related to accessibility, cooperation among welfare agencies, technical aids and welfare services. We named them as follows: the environmental participation barrier, the jungle of devices, the catch 22 situations, and, the inflexibility of welfare services. According to our interpretation these external barriers hinder people with disabilities from engaging in work and civic life to the extent that they want. Most interviewees in our sample were well-educated and successfully employed, nevertheless they all had experienced barriers in relation to remaining in work. Although the intentions in Sweden and most welfare states is to include people with disabilities in working life there are several obstacles in implementation of this intention. 

National Category
Social Sciences Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35143 (URN)10.16993/sjdr.4 (DOI)000433656600003 ()2-s2.0-85047903218 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-04-07 Created: 2017-04-07 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved
Östlund, G., Darvishpour, M., Kanaskar, M., Gupta, S., Varghese, U. & Kulkarni, V. (2018). Welfare Lab a model for collaborative learning and mutual exchange between social workers welfare professionals in different countries. Local Government Quarterly (April-June), 6-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Welfare Lab a model for collaborative learning and mutual exchange between social workers welfare professionals in different countries
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2018 (English)In: Local Government Quarterly, ISSN 0024-5623, no April-June, p. 6-20Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes and evaluates Welfare Labs, a new methodological approach for international exchange and collaborative learning in the area of health and welfare. The Welfare Lab model was developed in a collaborative process between social workers in India and Sweden. A Welfare Lab establishes mutual exchange of ideas for collaborative learning in higher education and in practices of health and welfare. During Welfare Lab, the participants reflect about practical welfare work and relate this to professional training and social context. Together they will find a creative approach where sensitive issues, both general and more specific are possible to discuss

National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41284 (URN)
Available from: 2018-11-05 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2018-12-13Bibliographically approved
Östlund, G., Björk, M., Thyberg, I., Valtersson, E. & Sverker, A. (2018). Women’s situation-specific strategies in managing participation restrictions due to early rheumatoid arthritis: - a gender comparison.. Musculoskeletal Care, 6(2), 251-259
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Women’s situation-specific strategies in managing participation restrictions due to early rheumatoid arthritis: - a gender comparison.
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2018 (English)In: Musculoskeletal Care, ISSN 1478-2189, E-ISSN 1557-0681, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 251-259Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction:

The present study explored how women describe their use of situation‐specific strategies when managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim was also to compare women's strategies with those of men, and see the extent to which they used the same strategies. Methods: The data were collected using semi‐structured interviews based on the critical incident technique. The sample consisted of women with early rheumatic arthritis (n = 34), and the results were compared with data reported in a previous study on men (n = 25) from the same cohort. The patient‐described participation restrictions due to RA were firstly linked to the domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). The different strategies used were then categorized. The study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden. Results: The study found that women used four situation‐specific strategies: adjustment, avoidance, interaction and acceptance. The same strategies had been found previously in interviews with men with RA. Women and men used these strategies to a similar extent in the ICF domains of mobility; major life arenas; domestic life; interpersonal interactions and relationships; and community, social and civic life. However, some differences were found, relating to the reported activities in self‐care and domestic life, in which women reported using strategies to a greater extent than men. Conclusions: Women and men used four types of situation‐specific strategies in managing RA; adjustment, avoidance, interaction and acceptance. These situation‐specific strategies provide useful knowledge, in terms of multidisciplinary rehabilitation and for patients' significant others

National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37986 (URN)10.1002/msc.1225 (DOI)000435802900002 ()29316201 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85040178068 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved
Björk, M., Thyberg, I., Valtersson, E., Östlund, G., Stenstrom, B. & Sverker, A. (2017). DISABILITY IN THE FEET RELATED TO PARTICIPATION IN DAILY LIFE IN PATIENTS WITH EARLY RA - AN INTERVIEW STUDY IN THE SWEDISH TIRA PROJECT. Paper presented at Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, JUN 14-17, 2017, Madrid, SPAIN. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 76, 112-112
Open this publication in new window or tab >>DISABILITY IN THE FEET RELATED TO PARTICIPATION IN DAILY LIFE IN PATIENTS WITH EARLY RA - AN INTERVIEW STUDY IN THE SWEDISH TIRA PROJECT
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2017 (English)In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, ISSN 0003-4967, E-ISSN 1468-2060, Vol. 76, p. 112-112Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, 2017
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-37317 (URN)10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-eular.3294 (DOI)000413181400330 ()
Conference
Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, JUN 14-17, 2017, Madrid, SPAIN
Available from: 2017-11-23 Created: 2017-11-23 Last updated: 2017-11-23Bibliographically approved
Östlund, G., Björk, M., Thyberg, I., Valtersson, E. & Sverker, A. (2017). Hur hanterar män med reumatoid artirit delaktighetsinskränkningar i vardagslivet?. Best Practice, 31(9), 10-13
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hur hanterar män med reumatoid artirit delaktighetsinskränkningar i vardagslivet?
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2017 (Swedish)In: Best Practice, ISSN 1329-1874, Vol. 31, no 9, p. 10-13Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36088 (URN)
Available from: 2017-07-10 Created: 2017-07-10 Last updated: 2017-08-24Bibliographically approved
Östlund, G., Zander, V., Elfström, M., Gustafsson, L.-K. & Anbäcken, E.-M. (2017). “It gets easier when the sun is shining”: a follow-up study after a reablement intervention. In: : . Paper presented at Nationell forskarkonferens i socialt arbete, Umeå, 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“It gets easier when the sun is shining”: a follow-up study after a reablement intervention
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Social Sciences Health Sciences
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-36091 (URN)
Conference
Nationell forskarkonferens i socialt arbete, Umeå, 2017
Available from: 2017-07-10 Created: 2017-07-10 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved
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