This study was conducted as a controlled prospective study of an eight-week nature-based rehabilitation (NBR) for individuals with stress-related mental illnesses. This was an effort to find new means of rehabilitation for a group of clients proving difficult to rehabilitate with treatment as usual. The study was carried out as a joint effort between primary health care centres in Skåne (Region Skåne), the Social Insurance Agency, the Public Employment Services, the Farmers Union and several agricultural businesses. This work is a new approach to rehabilitation within primary health care in Sweden. Ten agricultural businesses offered the NBR programme, and 50 primary health care centres remitted 150 participants to the study. The primary end point was return to work or studies; other measurements included coping and functioning in everyday life and symptoms of ill health. The intervention study ran from August 2012 to December 2013, and the last one-year follow-up collection of data will be performed in June 2014. The results will be presented in 2015.
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