Michael Wiberg

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BACKGROUND There is limited knowledge about what happens to people after long-term sick leave. The aim of this report was to conduct a prospective study of individuals who were on prolonged sick leave during a particular year, considering their activities and sources of income during subsequent years. To enable comparison of different time periods, we used(More)
INTRODUCTION Although multiple sclerosis (MS) often implies substantial disability, there is little knowledge about sick leave and disability pension among MS patients. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence rates of sick leave and disability pension among MS patients and to explore how socio-demographics are associated with(More)
OBJECTIVE Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a major public health problem in the Western world. No previous population-based nationwide study has, however, examined the occurrence of sickness absence due to GERD diagnoses, that is, the aim of this study. MATERIAL AND METHODS Nationwide population-based study based on Swedish registers including(More)
BACKGROUND The variability of progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) suggests that MS is a heterogeneous entity. OBJECTIVE The objective of this article is to determine whether sickness absence (SA) and disability pension (DP) could be used to identify groups of patients with different progression courses. METHODS We analyzed mean-annual net months of(More)
AIMS Studies show a negative association between an absence from work due to disease of injury (sickness absence (SA)) and subsequent earnings; however, little is known about the association between SA and an individuals' subsequent overall economic welfare. Our primary objective was to evaluate individuals' disposable income (DI) following a spell of SA.(More)
INTRODUCTION Multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with reduced work capacity, but there is limited knowledge about MS patients' sources of income. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to elucidate MS patients' earnings and social benefits compared to those of the general population. METHODS From nationwide registers of all residents in Sweden aged(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients earn lower incomes and receive higher benefits. However, there is limited knowledge of how this is correlated with their disability. OBJECTIVE To elucidate sources and levels of income among MS patients with different disability, assessed with the Expanded Disability Status Scale. METHODS A total of 7929 MS(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes work disability and healthcare resource use, but little is known about the distribution of the associated costs to society. We estimated the cost of illness (COI) of working-aged individuals with MS, from the societal perspective, overall and in different groups. A population-based study was conducted, using data linked from(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about changes in the costs of illness (COI) among multiple sclerosis (MS) patients during recent years. OBJECTIVES To compare the COI among MS patients and matched controls in 2006, 2009, and 2012, respectively, indicating the costs attributable to the MS disease. METHODS Three cross-sectional datasets were analyzed, including(More)