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Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30406343/longitudinal-associations-between-fatigue-and-perceived-work-ability-in-cancer-survivors
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M D J Wolvers, M C J Leensen, I F Groeneveld, M H W Frings-Dresen, A G E M De Boer
Purpose To examine the associations between changes of fatigue and changes of perceived work ability in cancer survivors. Furthermore, to examine the effects of physical job demands on these associations. Methods Data from a feasibility study on a multidisciplinary intervention to enhance return to work in patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy was used. Fatigue (Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory) and perceived work ability (first item of the Work Ability Index) were assessed at baseline, and after 6, 12, and 18 months...
November 7, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30386976/using-predictive-analytics-for-early-identification-of-short-term-disability-claimants-who-exhaust-their-benefits
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Kara Contreary, Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Brian Gifford
Purpose Early interventions can help short-term disability insurance (STDI) claimants return to work following onset of an off-the-job medical condition. Accurately targeting such interventions involves identifying claimants who would, without intervention, exhaust STDI benefits and transition to longer-term support. We identify factors that predict STDI exhaustion and transfer to long-term disability insurance (LTDI). We also explore whether waiting for some claims to resolve without intervention improves targeting efficiency...
November 1, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30374851/work-disability-in-australia-an-overview-of-prevalence-expenditure-support-systems-and-services
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Alex Collie, Michael Di Donato, Ross Iles
Purpose This study sought to describe Australian systems of income support for people with work disability. Specific aims were to summarise and compare the features of the income support systems, including the rehabilitation and employment services funded or provided by those systems, and factors affecting transition between systems. Further objectives were to estimate the prevalence of work disability in Australia and the national expenditure on work disability income support. Methods A mixed methods project involving collation and analysis of existing publicly available documentation and data, and interviews with 25 experts across ten major systems of income support...
October 29, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30324226/cross-cultural-adaptation-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-dutch-version-of-the-work-rehabilitation-questionnaire-worq-vl
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Katrien Vermeulen, Maxim Woestyn, Kristine Oostra, Sybille Geers, Kristien Ryngaert, Kimberley Van de Velde, Filip Descheemaeker, Stijn De Baets, Dominique Van de Velde
Purpose The Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ) was developed to evaluate work functioning in vocational rehabilitation, but was not yet available in Dutch. The goal of this study is twofold: a description of the cross-cultural adaptation process (part 1) of the WORQ to be used in Flanders (The Dutch speaking part of Belgium, WORQ-VL) and a presentation of the first psychometric testing of the WORQ-VL (part 2). Methods For part 1, the guidelines for cross-cultural adaptation of self-report measures by Beaton et al...
October 15, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30298239/opportunities-for-early-intervention-to-avoid-prolonged-work-disability-introduction-to-the-special-section
#5
Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Jody Schimmel Hyde
Purpose The articles in this special section examine opportunities for early intervention that is intended to retain the jobs of workers who have medical conditions that could put them at risk of prolonged work disability. Methods The first three articles examine options for analyzing various types of disability claims data for targeting early intervention; the fourth article provides new information from 50 case studies on how employers decide to invest in the retention of individual workers. Results Together, the four articles demonstrate that there may be an opportunity to positively affect longer-term outcomes for workers with medical conditions...
October 8, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30218402/employers-perspectives-on-accommodating-and-retaining-employees-with-newly-acquired-disabilities-an-exploratory-study
#6
Alix Gould-Werth, Katherine Morrison, Yonatan Ben-Shalom
Introduction Timely and appropriate accommodations can help employees who experience disabilities stay at work instead of exiting the labor force. Employers can play a critical role in connecting such workers with the accommodations they need. This qualitative study seeks to inform policy makers who want to improve workforce retention outcomes by uncovering factors that affect whether employers provide accommodations to, and ultimately retain, employees with disabilities. Methods We conducted semistructured interviews with a convenience sample of human resources professionals in 14 Arkansas-based employers, yielding detailed information on 50 cases in which an employee developed or disclosed a disability...
September 14, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30178434/the-influence-of-multi-morbidity-on-the-work-ability-of-ageing-employees-and-the-role-of-coping-style
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Emelien A Kadijk, Swenneke van den Heuvel, Jan Fekke Ybema, Fenna R M Leijten
Purpose With an ageing workforce, employees are increasingly confronted with multi-morbidity. Especially physical and mental health problems often occur together. This study aims to (i) explore the effect of multi-morbidity on work ability of ageing employees, more specifically the effects of the number of health problems and the combination of physical and mental health problems, and to (ii) explore to what extent the effects of physical and mental health problems on work ability are explained by applying differing coping styles...
September 3, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30159777/return-to-work-coordinators-practices-for-workers-with-burnout
#8
Riitta Kärkkäinen, Terhi Saaranen, Kimmo Räsänen
Introduction Return-to-work (RTW) coordinators facilitate RTW of workers with work disabilities. However, little is known about RTW coordinators' practices for workers with burnout. The aims of this study were to describe RTW coordinators' activities in supporting workers with burnout during the RTW process, and their experiences with factors influencing the support. Methods Interviews and essay assignments were conducted with 15 RTW coordinators employed in universities and central hospitals in Finland. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis...
August 29, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30151631/improved-expectations-about-length-of-sick-leave-during-occupational-rehabilitation-is-associated-with-increased-work-participation
#9
Lene Aasdahl, Kristine Pape, Ottar Vasseljen, Roar Johnsen, Marius Steiro Fimland
Objectives To assess changes in participants' expectations about length of sick leave during Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)-based occupational rehabilitation, and whether the change in expectations was associated with future work participation. Methods Cohort study with 9 months follow-up including sick listed workers who took part in one of two randomized controlled trials. The change in expectations about length of sick leave were assessed using a test of marginal homogeneity. Furthermore, linear and logistic regression evaluated associations between changes in expectations and sustainable return to work (RTW) and work participation days...
August 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30151630/trajectories-of-physical-work-capacity-in-early-symptomatic-osteoarthritis-of-hip-and-knee-results-from-the-cohort-hip-and-cohort-knee-check-study
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H J Bieleman, R Stewart, M F Reneman, W M van Ittersum, C P van der Schans, K W Drossaers-Bakker, F G J Oosterveld
Purpose To evaluate the 5-year course of physical work capacity of participants with early symptomatic osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and/or the knee; to identify trajectories and explore the relationship between trajectories and covariates. Methods In a prospective cohort study, physical work capacity was measured at baseline, using a test protocol (functional capacity evaluation) consisting of work-related physical activities. Participants were invited to participate in 1, 2 and 5 year follow-up measurements...
August 27, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30145704/predictors-of-return-to-work-12-months-after-solid-organ-transplantation-results-from-the-swiss-transplant-cohort-study
#11
Laure Vieux, Amira A Simcox, Zakia Mediouni, Pascal Wild, Michael Koller, Regina K Studer, Brigitta Danuser
Background Return to work with or after a chronic disease is not a very well understood process, influenced by a variety of personal, professional, societal and medical factors. The aim of this study is to identify predictors for return to work 12 months after a solid organ transplant applying a bio-psycho-social model. Methods This study is based on patients included in the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study, a national prospective multicentre cohort, who underwent a first solid organ transplant (kidney, liver, heart, lung)...
August 25, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30132175/managing-employees-undergoing-total-hip-and-knee-replacement-experiences-of-workplace-representatives
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Fiona Nouri, Carol Coole, Melanie Narayanasamy, Paul Baker, Sayeed Khan, Avril Drummond
Introduction There is little research on return to work (RTW) from a workplace perspective following hip and knee replacement (THR/TKR) despite employers and other workplace personnel having a key role. Our aim was to explore the experiences of individuals in the workplace in managing employees undergoing THR/TKR. Methods Employers and other workplace representatives from a cross-section of employment sectors and sizes, with experience of managing employees undergoing THR/TKR in the previous 12 months, were recruited...
August 21, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30120666/return-to-work-of-cancer-survivors-predicting-healthcare-professionals-assumed-role-responsibility
#13
Dana Yagil, Nofar Eshed-Lavi, Rafi Carel, Miri Cohen
Purpose Returning to work is highly beneficial for many cancer survivors. While research has documented the significance of healthcare professionals in the process of return to work (RTW), very little is known about those professionals' views regarding their responsibility for RTW. The purpose of the present study was to identify factors that predict the extent to which healthcare professionals view involvement in the RTW of cancer survivors as part of their role. Methods In a cross-sectional design, questionnaires measuring attitudes regarding personal role responsibility for RTW, team role responsibility for RTW and benefits of RTW were administered to 157 healthcare professionals who care for working-age cancer survivors: oncologists, occupational physicians, family physicians, oncology nurses, oncology social workers, and psychologists...
August 17, 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236203/work-outcomes-in-patients-who-stay-at-work-despite-musculoskeletal-pain
#14
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)...
September 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234956/work-participation-among-employees-with-common-mental-disorders-a-meta-synthesis
#15
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Cecilie Nørby Thisted, Claus Vinther Nielsen, Merete Bjerrum
Purpose The aim was to aggregate knowledge about the opportunities, challenges and need for support employees with common mental disorders experience in relation to work participation in order to develop recommendations for practice. Methods A meta-synthesis was conducted using a meta-aggregative approach to accurately and reliably present findings that could be used to meet our aim. Qualitative inductive content analysis was used to analyze and synthesize the findings. Results In all, 252 findings were extracted from 16 papers, and six categories were generated and aggregated into two synthesized findings...
September 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234955/predictors-of-return-to-work-6-months-after-the-end-of-treatment-in-patients-with-common-mental-disorders-a-cohort-study
#16
Mattias Victor, Bjørn Lau, Torleif Ruud
Purpose Common mental disorders (CMDs) account for a large portion of sickness absence. Even after attending return to work (RTW) interventions, many patients with a CMD remain on sick leave. To identify people at risk of long-term work disability, more needs to be known about factors that predict RTW after treatment. Methods This was a prospective cohort study that followed 106 former patients at an RTW outpatient clinic for CMDs for 6 months after the end of treatment. Changes in work participation and mental health status between the end of treatment and the 6-month follow-up were analysed...
September 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209930/a-psychometric-validation-of-the-employers-stigmatizing-attitudes-toward-cancer-survivors-scale
#17
Wei-Mo Tu, Joseph Pfaller, Kanako Iwanaga, Fong Chan, David Strauser, Ming-Hung Wang, Nicole Ditchman
Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the measurement structure of the Employers' Stigmatizing Attitudes Toward Cancer Survivors Scale (ESATPD-Cancer Scale). Methods A quantitative descriptive design using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). One hundred and seventy-seven Taiwanese human resources (HR) professionals participated in this study. Results EFA revealed a one-factor measurement structure accounting for 50% of the total variance. We conducted a CFA to confirm the one-factor structure; after two pairs of error terms were correlated, the re-specified model was found to fit the data adequately: χ2 /df = 1...
September 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192369/insurers-influences-on-attending-physicians-of-workers-sick-listed-for-common-mental-disorders-what-are-the-impacts-on-physicians-practices
#18
Chantal Sylvain, Marie-José Durand, Pascale Maillette
Purpose In many jurisdictions, general practitioners (GPs) play an important role in the sick-leave and return-to-work (RTW) process of individuals with common mental disorders (CMD). Since it is insurers that decide on workers' eligibility for disability benefits, they can influence physicians' ability to act. The nature of these influences remains little documented to date. The aim of this study was therefore to describe these influences and their impacts from the GPs' perspective. Methods Semi-structured interviews were conducted with GPs having a diversified clientele (n = 13)...
September 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139017/short-term-and-long-term-outcomes-of-a-vocational-rehabilitation-program-for-patients-with-acquired-brain-injury-in-the-netherlands
#19
Caroline H van Dongen, Paulien H Goossens, Inge E van Zee, Kirsten N Verpoort, Thea P M Vliet Vlieland, Judith M van Velzen
Purpose To describe short-term and long-term work status after a vocational rehabilitation (VR) program in patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) in the Netherlands. Methods Patients with ABI who participated in a VR program between 2007 and 2010 were included in this study. The 4-month VR program included a multidisciplinary assessment, three meetings with all stakeholders and reintegration with coaching on the job. Short-term results at the end of the VR program were based on data extracted from medical records...
September 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094284/predictive-value-of-the-fear-avoidance-model-on-functional-capacity-evaluation
#20
Johanne Tüscher, Cyrille Burrus, Philippe Vuistiner, Bertrand Léger, Gilles Rivier, François Luthi
Purpose Measuring the predictive value of the Fear-Avoidance Model (FAM) on lifting tasks in Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), and on reasons for stopping the evaluation (safe maximal effort, versus self-limited). Methods A monocentric prospective study was conducted on 298 consecutive inpatients. Components of the FAM were analyzed using the Cumulative Psychosocial Factor Index (CPFI: kinesiophobia, catastrophizing, depressive mood) and perceived disability (Hand/Spinal Function Sort: HFS/SFS). Floor-to-waist, waist-to-overhead and dominant-hand lifting tests were measured according to the FCE guidelines...
September 2018: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
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