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Syed Rahman

Postdoctoral researcher

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Research description

My current involvement is in a project on Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), where several register-based studies including whole Swedish population are planned to be carried out to determine incidence, prevalence and consequences of PTSD in the changing demographic landscape of Sweden.

Earlier, I have worked in different projects during my postdoc. One had a focus on associations between low back pain treatment and work disability. The other project involved caregivers of schizophrenia patients where we looked at parental caregiver burden by comparing them to caregivers of offspring with other chronic diseases and assessing caregivers’ work disability, healthcare use, etc. The project also considered the persistence and adherence to schizophrenia treatment, considering different types of antipsychotic drugs at the same time. The third project was aimed at looking into the association between disturbed sleep and tiredness, and mortality, morbidity and work-disability. The fourth project looked into the association between acute myocardial infarction, work disability and subsequent common mental disorders.

My PhD project was focused on mental health consequences of leaving labour market before the statutory age of retirement due to common mental disorders, e.g. depressive, anxiety or stress-related mental disorders. I looked at their suicidal behaviour, healthcare use and prescriptions of antidepressants during the post-retirement period. 

In all projects, we use real world data derived from different Swedish nationwide registers provided by Statistic Sweden, The National Board of Health and Welfare, The Swedish Social Insurance Agency.



  • 2017 PhD, Division of Insurance Medicine; Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. Title: Disability pension due to common mental disorders - subsequent psychiatric morbidity and suicidal behaviour)

  • 2011 Master's in Public Health Science, Karolinska Institutet

  • 2004 Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bangladesh
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