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Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

Timo T Beemster, Judith M van Velzen, Coen A M van Bennekom, Michiel F Reneman, Monique H W Frings-Dresen
The purpose of this study was to assess test-retest reliability, agreement, and responsiveness of questionnaires on productivity loss (iPCQ-VR) and healthcare utilization (TiCP-VR) for sick-listed workers with chronic musculoskeletal pain who were referred to vocational rehabilitation. Methods Test-retest reliability and agreement was assessed with a 2-week interval. Responsiveness was assessed at discharge after a 15-week vocational rehabilitation (VR) program. Data was obtained from six Dutch VR centers. Test-retest reliability was determined with intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and Cohen's kappa...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Tobias Hagen
Purpose During 2009‒2013 a pilot project was carried out in Zurich which aimed to increase the income of disability insurance (DI) benefit recipients in order to reduce their entitlement to DI benefits. The project consisted of placement coaching carried out by a private company that specialized in this field. It was exceptional with respect to three aspects: firstly, it did not include any formal training and/or medical aid; secondly, the coaches did not have the possibility of providing additional financial incentives or sanctioning lack of effort; and thirdly due to performance bonuses, the company not only had incentives to bring the participants into (higher paid) work, but also to keep them there for 52 weeks...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Alex Collie, Sharon Newnam, Helen Keleher, Alan Petersen, Agnieszka Kosny, Adam P Vogel, Jason Thompson
Purpose Many industrialised nations have systems of injury compensation and rehabilitation that are designed to support injury recovery and return to work. Despite their intention, there is now substantial evidence that injured people, employers and healthcare providers can experience those systems as difficult to navigate, and that this can affect injury recovery. This study sought to characterise the relationships and interactions occurring between actors in three Australian injury compensation systems, to identify the range of factors that impact on injury recovery, and the interactions and inter-relationships between these factors...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Danielle Mazza, Bianca Brijnath, Mary Alice O'Hare, Rasa Ruseckaite, Agnieszka Kosny, Alex Collie
Purpose To determine whether healthcare use and return-to-work (RTW) outcomes differ with GPs' injured-worker caseload. Methods Retrospective analyses of the Compensation Research Database, which captures approximately 85% of all injured worker claims in Victoria, Australia was conducted. Four injured-worker caseload groups were examined that represented the 25th, 50th, 75th, and 100th percentiles of claimants seen per GP over the 8-year study period (2003-2010): (i) 1-13 claimants; (ii) 14-26 claimants; (iii) 27-48 claimants; and (iv) 49+ claimants (total claims, n = 124,342; total GPs, n = 9748)...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Kenneth Murray, Kin Bong Hubert Lam, David McLoughlin, Steven S Sadhra
Purpose To identify personal, occupational and clinical factors associated with the lifting of restrictions on duties among Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel who have returned to work after surviving primary cancer treatment. Methods A retrospective cohort of 205 RAF personnel aged 18-58 with cancer diagnosed between 2001 and 2011 was followed-up until May 2012. Personal, occupational, and clinical information was extracted from occupational health and primary care records. Predictors of the lifting of (a) employment restrictions on UK duties at 18 months after diagnosis and (b) the lifting of all deployment restrictions at the end of the study were analysed using logistic and Cox regression models...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Veerle Brenninkmeijer, Suzanne E Lagerveld, Roland W B Blonk, Wilmar B Schaufeli, Leoniek D N V Wijngaards-de Meij
Purpose This study examined who benefits most from a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)-based intervention that aims to enhance return to work (RTW) among employees who are absent due to common mental disorders (CMDs) (e.g., depression, anxiety, or adjustment disorder). We researched the influence of baseline work-related self-efficacy and mental health (depressive complaints and anxiety) on treatment outcomes of two psychotherapeutic interventions. Methods Using a quasi-experimental design, 12-month follow-up data of 168 employees were collected...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Raymond Chi Chung Tsang, Jamie Sau Ying Lau, Susane So Fong Kwong, Eric Ming Loi So, Rainbow Ka Yee Law, Thomas Fu Yan Wong, Edwin Wai Chi Lee
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February 15, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Shi-Xiang Luo, Jun-E Liu, Andy S K Cheng, Shu-Qin Xiao, Ya-Li Su, Michael Feuerstein
Aim To determine whether breast cancer survivors (BCS) at work following the diagnosis and/or treatment of breast cancer, in a rapidly developing country such as China experience similar to return to work challenges as reported in nations with established return to work (RTW) policy and procedures for employees with cancer. Methods Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 BCS who returned to work following diagnosis and/or primary cancer treatment. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to investigate responses...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Shannon E Gray, Behrooz Hassani-Mahmooei, Ian D Cameron, Elizabeth Kendall, Justin Kenardy, Alex Collie
Purpose To determine the incidence of employed people who try and fail to return-to-work (RTW) following a transport crash. To identify predictors of RTW failure. METHODS: A historical cohort study was conducted in the state of Victoria, Australia. People insured through the state-based compulsory third party transport accident compensation scheme were included. Inclusion criteria included date of crash between 2003 and 2012 (inclusive), age 15-70 years at the time of crash, sustained a non-catastrophic injury and received at least 1 day of income replacement...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Christian Ståhl, Frieda Andersson
Purpose Management principles in insurance agencies influence how benefits are administered, and how return to work processes for clients are managed and supported. This study analyses a change in managerial principles within the Swedish Sickness Insurance Agency, and how this has influenced the role of insurance officials in relation to discretion and accountability, and their relationship to clients. Methods The study is based on a qualitative approach comprising 57 interviews with officials and managers in four insurance offices...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Séverine Beyer, Thomas Gouyet, Véronique Daubas Letourneux, Eric Mener, Sandrine Huge, Audrey Petit, Cyril Begue
Purpose Understanding and treating musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) requires coordination between the numerous healthcare professionals involved, including occupational physicians (OPs), general practitioners (GPs) and social insurance physicians (SIPs). The main objective of this study was to assess communication between OPs, GPs and SIPs in the management of MSDs. Methods This is a qualitative study in the form of semi-structured interviews with OPs in the French region of Brittany. The interviews were conducted until data saturation was achieved...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Benjamin J Darter, Carolyn E Hawley, Amy J Armstrong, Lauren Avellone, Paul Wehman
Purpose Amputation is a life changing event that can significantly impact an individual's physical and mental well-being. Our objective was to review literature exploring the impact of amputation upon a person's functioning and inclusion in the workplace. Methods Medline, CINAHL, and PsycINFO were searched using keywords related to amputation, employment and community reintegration. Eligible studies were published since 2000 and one of the following study designs: randomized controlled trial, non-randomized controlled trial, retrospective study, prospective study, concurrent cohort study, or cross sectional study...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Sally Lindsay, Elaine Cagliostro, Mikhaela Albarico, Neda Mortaji, Leora Karon
Purpose We reviewed literature on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Increasing attention is being paid to the role of people with disabilities in the workplace. Although most research focuses on employers' concerns, many companies are now beginning to share their successes. However, there is no synthesis of the peer-reviewed literature on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Methods Our team conducted a systematic review, completing comprehensive searches of seven databases from 1997 to May 2017...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Amanda Ellen Young, Elyssa Besen, Joanna Willetts
Purpose Worker's expectations for return to working have been found to relate to return-to-work (RTW) outcomes; however, it is unclear if this varies depending upon the expected time to RTW. To advance the understanding of the relationship between expectations and RTW, we set out to answer the following research questions: Are shorter estimated times to RTW more accurate than estimates that are longer of duration? In addition, we sought to determine if there was a point in time that coincides with RTW estimates no longer being reliably related to time to RTW...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Kristin Farrants, Emilie Friberg, Sara Sjölund, Kristina Alexanderson
Background Despite the increasing pattern of sick leave associated with depression in western countries, little is known about future work disability patterns among such sickness absentees. Aim To identify work disability (sick leave and disability pension) trajectories after the 21st day of a sick-leave spell due to depressive episode, and to investigate sociodemographic and morbidity characteristics of individuals in different trajectory groups. Methods This is a prospective cohort study using Swedish nationwide register data...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Åsa Andersén, Kjerstin Larsson, Per Lytsy, Erik Berglund, Per Kristiansson, Ingrid Anderzén
Purpose To investigate the effects of two vocational rehabilitation interventions on self-efficacy, for women on long-term sick leave ≥ 1 year due to chronic pain and/or mental illness. Methods This study uses data from a randomised controlled trial consisting of two phases and comprising 401 women on long-term sick leave. They were allocated to either (1) a multidisciplinary team assessment and multimodal intervention (TEAM), (2) acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), or (3) control group. Data were collected through repeated measurements from self-reported questionnaires before intervention, 6 and 12 months later and registry data...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
F L Fredrik G Langi, Fabricio E Balcazar, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar
Objective To investigate the incidence of successful rehabilitation, defined as 90 successive days in employment, within individuals with disabilities receiving occupational/vocational training (OVT) service. Method The follow-up records between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2012 of 5313 individuals aged 15-55 who obtained OVT in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program of the State of Illinois were examined. Cox regression models were used to analyze the effect of study factors on VR outcomes. Results After controlling for the other factors, males (incidence ratio [IR] 1...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Lone Hellström, Trine Madsen, Merete Nordentoft, Per Bech, Lene Falgaard Eplov
Purpose The return to work (RTW) of people with mood and anxiety disorders is a heterogeneous process. We aimed to identify prototypical trajectories of RTW over a two-year period in people on sick leave with mood and anxiety disorders, and investigate if socio-demographic or clinical factors predicted trajectory membership. Methods We used data from the randomized IPS-MA trial (n = 283), evaluating a supported employment intervention for participants with recently diagnosed mood or anxiety disorders. Information on "weeks in employment in the past 6 months" was measured after 1/2, 1, 1 ½ and 2 years, using data from a nationwide Danish register (DREAM)...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Bruce A Barron
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December 18, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Andy Cochrane, Niamh M Higgins, Conor Rothwell, Jennifer Ashton, Roisin Breen, Oriel Corcoran, Oliver FitzGerald, Pamela Gallagher, Deirdre Desmond
Purpose To assess self-reported work impacts and associations between psychosocial risk factors and work impairment amongst workers seeking care for musculoskeletal pain while continuing to work. Methods Patients were recruited from Musculoskeletal Assessment Clinics at 5 hospitals across Ireland. Participants completed questionnaires including assessments of work impairment (Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire), work ability (single item from the Work Ability Index) and work performance (Work Role Functioning Questionnaire; WRFQ)...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
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