This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition psychosis
Treatments individual placement and support-vocational rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation available
Phase phase 2
Sponsor Vardalinstitutet The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences
Start date April 2008
End date February 2011
Trial size 120 participants
Trial identifier NCT00960024, ulrika


This project aims at generating evidence of a work-rehabilitation strategy that benefits the people with severe mental illness (SMI) who want to work, increase their sense of well-being and integration in society, decrease their financial dependence and experiences of stigma and discrimination. The project is likely to help form the basis of how to implement the evidence based supported employment (SE)-model, Individual Placement and Support model (IPS), in a Swedish work-rehabilitation context. In the long run, evidence of SE in a Swedish context could help to decrease the period of sick-leave and increase fulfilling and productive lifestyles among people with severe mental illness. In all, the effectiveness of SE can improve the quality of life for the target group, the quality in mental health care rehabilitation and decrease the costs of treatment and care.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (investigator, outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose supportive care
individual placement and support-vocational rehabilitation
Individual contact with an employment specialist, who works according to 7 core principles according to SE/IPS. 1) competitive employment as primary goal, 2) rapid job search, 3) eligibility based on client choice, 4) job search based on to client preferences, 5) integration with the mental health care team, 6) availability of time unlimited support at work 7) benefits counseling.
(Active Comparator)
vocational rehabilitation available
The participants are offered vocational rehabilitation available at site

Primary Outcomes

To determine the effectiveness of SE/IPS in terms of vocational outcomes, such as employment rate, monthly income, job-tenure and working hours compared to stepwise rehabilitation available, for people with SMI in a Swedish context
time frame: 6 months, 18 months, and 24 months (6 months after end of intervention)

Secondary Outcomes

To determine the effectiveness of a SE in terms health-related and functional outcomes, such as symptoms, perceived discrimination, empowerment, work-readiness, self-image, level of social and community participation, and quality of life
time frame: 6 months, 18 months, and 24 months (6 months after end of intervention)

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 20 years up to 65 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - People with Severe mental illness, which mostly means having a diagnosis of psychosis - Communicate in Swedish - Express interest in working in the near future - Have professional care or support from psychiatric clinic - Attend to a SE-introductory meeting Exclusion Criteria: - Additional organic or physical disability to having psychosis

Additional Information

Official title Supported Employment for People With Severe Mental Illness in a Swedish Context- A Randomised Controlled Trial
Description Evidence-based mental health treatment and scientific support has gained increased attention in Sweden. The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare emphasizes the importance of Supported Employment. Especially since there are no study in Sweden that has an RCT-design, and that fully take on the responsibility of implementing a SE- intervention in concordance with the evidence based version of SE in mental health care, the Individual Placement and Support model, IPS. Internationally, SE according to IPS is an evidence-based approach to help people with SMI find and keep employment. RCT and quasi-experimental studies showed that IPS (Place-Then-Train), is more effective than the traditional stepwise vocational rehabilitation model(Train-Then-Place. However, there is no research evidence if the SE/IPS will function in relation to a Swedish benefit and health system and work-rehabilitation context. This intervention project will therefore not only study the effects of vocational and health-related outcomes and experiences, but also study the implementation of SE/IPS, its feasibility and level of fidelity in a Swedish context.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2009.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Vardalinstitutet The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences.