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Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

Jan-Bennet Voltmer, Jürgen Deller
Purpose The revised version of the Work Ability Survey (WAS-R) assesses work ability on several sub-scales at the intersection of personal and organizational capacity, thus adding to the measurement of work ability by integrating the holistic model. It, therefore, improves on two features of the current standard measurement tool of work ability, the Work Ability Index (WAI): (1) a ceiling effect and (2) limited detail due to a focus on physical health and personal capacity. Method In two samples (n 1 = 1093, n 2 = 359), psychometric properties and the structure of the WAS-R were analyzed...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Tyler J Lane, Rebbecca Lilley, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Anthony D LaMontagne, Malcolm R Sim, Peter M Smith
Purpose To assess the impact of workplace-based return-to-work (RTW) Coordinators' interpersonal and functional activities on RTW outcomes. Methods Multivariable logistic regression analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal survey responses of 632 injured workers with at least 10 days of work absence in Victoria, Australia, adjusting for demographic and other workplace factors. Outcome was being back at work for at least 1 month, measured at both baseline and 6 month follow-up survey. Participant responses to stressfulness of Coordinator interactions were dichotomised into good and poor and evaluated as a proxy for Coordinators' interpersonal activities, while having a RTW plan was evaluated as a proxy for functional activities...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Marc Corbière, Alessia Negrini, Marie-José Durand, Louise St-Arnaud, Catherine Briand, Jean-Baptiste Fassier, Patrick Loisel, Jean-Philippe Lachance
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July 12, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Astrid de Wind, Cécile R L Boot, Ranu Sewdas, Micky Scharn, Swenne G van den Heuvel, Allard J van der Beek
Purpose In our ageing workforce, the increasing numbers of employees with chronic diseases are encouraged to prolong their working lives. It is important to prevent health deterioration in this vulnerable group. This study aims to investigate whether work characteristics predict health deterioration over a 3-year period among employees with (1) chronic diseases, and, more specifically, (2) musculoskeletal and psychological disorders. Methods The study population consisted of 5600 employees aged 45-64 years with a chronic disease, who participated in the Dutch Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation (STREAM)...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Alessia Negrini, Marc Corbière, Tania Lecomte, Marie-France Coutu, Karen Nieuwenhuijsen, Louise St-Arnaud, Marie-José Durand, Andrea Gragnano, Djamal Berbiche
Background In Western countries, work disability due to depression is a widespread problem that generates enormous costs. Objective The goal of this study was to determine the types and prevalence of supervisor contributions during the different phases of the return-to-work (RTW) process (before and during the sick-leave absence, and during the RTW preparations) of employees diagnosed with depression. Moreover, we sought to determine which contributions actually facilitate employees' RTW, and to identify the work accommodations most frequently implemented by supervisors at the actual time of their employee's RTW...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Karen Walseth Hara, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Søren Brage, Petter Christian Borchgrevink, Vidar Halsteinli, Tore Charles Stiles, Roar Johnsen, Astrid Woodhouse
Purpose Transfer from on-site rehabilitation to the participant's daily environment is considered a weak link in the rehabilitation chain. The main objective of this study is to see if adding boosted telephone follow-up directly after completing an occupational rehabilitation program effects work participation. Methods A randomized controlled study included participants with chronic pain, chronic fatigue or common mental disorders on long-term sick leave. After completing 3½ weeks of acceptance and commitment therapy based occupational rehabilitation, participants were randomized to boosted follow-up or a control group before returning to their daily environment...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Andrea Gragnano, Alessia Negrini, Massimo Miglioretti, Marc Corbière
Purpose This systematic review aimed at identifying the common psychosocial factors that facilitate or hinder the return to work (RTW) after a sick leave due to common mental disorders (CMDs), cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), or cancers (CAs). Methods We conducted a review of reviews searching 13 databases from 1994 to 2016 for peer-reviewed, quantitative, cohort studies investigating factors influencing RTW after a CMD, CVD, or CA. Then, for each disease we identified additional cohort studies published after the date of the latest review included...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Joanne Park, Shaniff Esmail, Fahreen Rayani, Colleen M Norris, Douglas P Gross
Purpose Although functional restoration programs appear effective in assisting injured workers to return-to-work (RTW) after a work related musculoskeletal (MSK) disorder, the addition of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to these programs may result in higher RTW. Methods We conducted a cluster randomized controlled trial with claimants attending an occupational rehabilitation facility from November 17, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Six clinicians provided MI in addition to the standard functional restoration program and formed an intervention group...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Betje Schwarz, Dolores Claros-Salinas, Marco Streibelt
Purpose Despite existing rehabilitation services, return to work (RTW) rates among stroke survivors are quite low. An increased number of qualitative studies have been conducted to identify facilitators and barriers to RTW after stroke and to derive recommendations for future interventions. The aim of our study was to carry out a meta-synthesis of those studies and thus strengthen evidence in the field. Methods To identify relevant studies (qualitative studies focusing on RTW after stroke, published in English or German between 2000 and 2015), we conducted a systematic literature search in PubMed, OVID, and Web of Science...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Elizabeth E Marfeo, Pengsheng Ni, Christine McDonough, Kara Peterik, Molly Marino, Mark Meterko, Elizabeth K Rasch, Leighton Chan, Diane Brandt, Alan M Jette
Purpose To improve the mental health component of the Work Disability Functional Assessment Battery (WD-FAB), developed for the US Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability determination process. Specifically our goal was to expand the WD-FAB scales of mood & emotions, resilience, social interactions, and behavioral control to improve the depth and breadth of the current scales and expand the content coverage to include aspects of cognition & communication function. Methods Data were collected from a random, stratified sample of 1695 claimants applying for the SSA work disability benefits, and a general population sample of 2025 working age adults...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Amanda E Young, Elyssa Besen, Joanna Willetts
Purpose This research sought to determine whether there is a relationship between claimants' expected time to return to work (RTW) as recorded by claims managers and compensated days of work disability. Methods We utilized workers' compensation data from a large, United States-based insurance company. RTW expectations were collected within 30 days of the claim being reported and these were compared with the termination of total temporary indemnity payments. Bivariate and hierarchical regression analyses were conducted...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
S M Ketelaar, F G Schaafsma, M F Geldof, R A Kraaijeveld, C R L Boot, W S Shaw, U Bültmann, J R Anema
Purpose To study the effectiveness of a multifaceted strategy to implement the participatory approach (PA) for supervisors to increase their self-efficacy in addressing risk of sick leave of employees. Methods Supervisors from three organizations were invited to participate. Randomization was performed at department level. Supervisors (n = 61) in the intervention departments received the implementation strategy consisting of a working group meeting, supervisor training in PA application, and optional supervisor coaching...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Tone Langjordet Johnsen, Aage Indahl, Hege Randi Eriksen, Camilla Ihlebæk, Torill Helene Tveito
Purpose Investigate the relative effect of response outcome expectancies, work conditions, and number of subjective health complaints (SHC) on anxiety and depression in Norwegian employees. Learned response outcome expectancies are important contributors to health. Individual differences in the expectancy to cope with workplace and general life demands may be important for how work conditions influence health. Method A survey was conducted among 1746 municipal employees (mean age 44.1, SD = 11.5, 81.5 % female), as part of a randomized controlled trial...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Giny Norder, Corné A M Roelen, Jac J L van der Klink, Ute Bültmann, J K Sluiter, K Nieuwenhuijsen
Purpose The objective of the present study was to validate an existing prediction rule (including age, education, depressive/anxiety symptoms, and recovery expectations) for predictions of the duration of sickness absence due to common mental disorders (CMDs) and investigate the added value of work-related factors. Methods A prospective cohort study including 596 employees who reported sick with CMDs in the period from September 2013 to April 2014. Work-related factors were measured at baseline with the Questionnaire on the Experience and Evaluation of Work...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Monica Ubalde-Lopez, I Arends, J Almansa, G L Delclos, D Gimeno, U Bültmann
Objectives Patients with common mental disorders (CMDs) often suffer from comorbidities, which may limit their functioning at work. We assessed the longitudinal impact of multimorbidity, defined as two or more co-occurring chronic health conditions, on work functioning over time among workers who had returned to work after sick leave due to CMDs. Methods Prospective cohort study of 156 workers followed for 1 year after return to work from sick leave due to CMDs. A multimorbidity score was computed by counting severity-weighted chronic health conditions measured at baseline...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
D Volker, M C Zijlstra-Vlasveld, E P M Brouwers, C M van der Feltz-Cornelis
Purpose A blended web-based intervention, "eHealth module embedded in collaborative occupational health care" (ECO), aimed at return to work, was developed and found effective in sick-listed employees with common mental disorders. In order to establish the feasibility of ECO, a process evaluation was conducted. Methods Seven process components were investigated: recruitment, reach, dose delivered, dose received, fidelity, satisfaction and context. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to collect data: an online questionnaire for the employees, website data, telephonic interviews with occupational physicians (OPs) and observations of the researchers...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Kathleen M Murphy, Vinh Nguyen, Ki Shin, Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, Lex Frieden
Introduction Individuals diagnosed with cancer look to health care professionals as primary sources of information. This positions staff in oncology settings in an ideal role to inform patients, who continue workforce participation in increasing numbers, about resources that might help them to handle work-related issues related to their oncological symptoms. This article reports on findings from a survey of staff that provide nonmedical services to cancer patients in two Houston area hospital systems. The impetus for this survey was two-fold: the trend in recent years for increasing numbers of cancer survivors to stay in the workforce after or even during treatment, and low levels of awareness that these employees are eligible for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its 2008 amendments (ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Pub...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Lieke Lammerts, Frederieke G Schaafsma, Willem van Mechelen, Johannes R Anema
Purpose This study aimed to perform a process evaluation of a participatory supportive return to work program for workers without a (permanent) employment contract, sick-listed due to a common mental disorder. The program consisted of a participatory approach, integrated care and direct placement in a competitive job. Our main questions were: were these components realized in practice and in accordance with the protocol? The evaluation took place alongside a randomized controlled trial. Methods The study population consisted of workers who filed a sickness benefit claim at the Dutch Social Security Agency, professionals of this agency and of vocational rehabilitation agencies...
June 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Marco Streibelt, Wolfgang Bürger, Karen Nieuwenhuijsen, Matthias Bethge
Purpose Graded return to work (GRTW) is a strategy aimed at bringing people gradually back to coping with a full workload after an extended period of sick leave. This study aims to determine the effect of GRTW in addition to a multimodal rehabilitation on longer-term work participation in people with chronic mental disorders (CMDs). Methods Patients filled out questionnaires at the start of a multimodal rehabilitation and 15 months later. Balanced groups (GRTW, no GRTW) were formed by propensity score matching based on 27 covariates...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Lene Aasdahl, Kristine Pape, Ottar Vasseljen, Roar Johnsen, Sigmund Gismervik, Vidar Halsteinli, Nils Fleten, Claus Vinther Nielsen, Marius Steiro Fimland
Purpose To assess effects of an inpatient multicomponent occupational rehabilitation program compared to less comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation on sickness absence in persons with musculoskeletal- or mental health disorders. Methods Randomized clinical trial with parallel groups. Participants were individuals 18-60 years old on sick-leave for 2-12 months with a sick-leave diagnosis within the musculoskeletal, psychological or general and unspecified chapters of ICPC-2, identified in a national register...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
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