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Citation:  Allaire, S. J., Niu, J., Zhu, Y., & Brett, B. (2011). Providing effective early intervention vocational rehabilitation at the community level. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 54 (3), 154-163.
Title:  Providing effective early intervention vocational rehabilitation at the community level
Authors:  Allaire, S. J., Niu, J., Zhu, Y., & Brett, B.
Year:  2011
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Publisher:  Hammill Institute on Disabilities
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/0034355210392242
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes
Research design:  Quasi-experimental

Structured abstract:

Background:  The National Council on Disability noted that the number of persons with disabilities in the United States is increasing and that this is because our population is aging, and rates of disability increase with age.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to evaluate the translation of positive research findings about a job retention intervention for persons with chronic illnesses to rehabilitation practice.
Setting:  The setting was various rehabilitation counseling agencies.
Study sample:  The study sample included 57 individuals with chronic illness.
Intervention:  Job retention intervention that included: vocational counseling and guidance, job accommodation, and educational and self-advocacy.
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  Data was collected by telephone within two weeks of the last meeting with the counselor and again at 6 months.
Findings:  Follow-up data indicated that the interventions should be more individualized. Short term outcomes evaluated in this study showed that consumer participants experienced significant improvement in awareness and confidence in ability to manage health related work problems and took actions recommended by the counselors.
Conclusions:  The results indicate that job retention interventions can be effective when carried out in practice at the community level.

Disabilities served:  Medical impairment
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Interventions:  Compensatory strategies
Job restructuring
Rehabilitation counseling
Outcomes:  Other