Sigurethur Thorlacius

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AIMS To explore longitudinal changes in the importance of mental and behavioural disorders and their subgroups among people receiving disability pension in Iceland in the period 1990 to 2007. METHOD Estimation of the incidence of disability pension was based on national demographic data and information from the national disability register which includes(More)
BACKGROUND The study was carried out in order to examine the effect of unemployment on the incidence of disability pension in Iceland by examining changes in this relationship from 1992 to 2007. METHODS The annual incidence of disability pension for the period 1992-2007 was calculated. Correlations and significance tests for the relationship between(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the size and main medical and social characteristics of the group of individuals receiving disability benefits in Iceland in December 2002 and compare the results with figures from 1996. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study includes all those receiving disability benefits on December 1st 2002 and December 1st 1996 as ascertained by the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the size and main medical and social characteristics of the group of individuals receiving disability benefits in Iceland in December 2005. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study includes all those receiving disability benefits in Iceland on December 1st 2005 as ascertained by the disability register at the State Social Security Institute(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine changes in the prevalence of disability pension in Iceland and to describe the distribution of those receiving disability pension according to gender, age and main diagnoses between the years 1976 and 1996. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study includes all those receiving disability pension on the 1st of December in the years 1976 and(More)
OBJECTIVE The etiology of fibromyalgia is unclear. The diagnosis is based on widespread pain and muscular tenderness, but other symptoms often occur, such as sleep disturbance, excessive anxiety and fatigue and concentration difficulties. All these symptoms can occur in generalized anxiety disorder. The aim of this study was to assess whether fibromyalgia(More)
OBJECTIVES Evaluation of opinions of those evaluated by a multidisciplinary team on the evaluation, vocational rehabilitation they participated in and on the effect of the process on their self-confidence and self-reliance. MATERIAL AND METHOD The Institute of Social Sciences carried out a telephone survey in October 2001, where it was attempted to(More)
INTRODUCTION All claims for disability benefits in Iceland are managed by the State Social Security Institute of Iceland. The decision to grant a claimant disability benefits was until September 1999 mainly based on medical certificates but social and economic factors were also taken into consideration. As information on social and economic conditions in(More)
AIMS To evaluate the main characteristics which differentiate between those who are considered to benefit from rehabilitation and those for whom disability pension is thought more appropriate. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study includes all those fulfilling the medical criteria for rehabilitation benefits or full disability pension in their first assessment(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the long-term outcome for recipients of disability pension in Iceland. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study includes all those receiving disability pension for the first time in 1992 in Iceland. Their status in the disability register at the State Social Security Institute of Iceland November 30th 2004 was examined as to whether they were(More)