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Citation:  Ahlgren, Å., Bergroth, A., Ekholm, J., & Schüldt, K. (2007). Work resumption after vocational rehabilitation: A follow-up two years after completed rehabilitation. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 23 (4), 343-354.
Title:  Work resumption after vocational rehabilitation: A follow-up two years after completed rehabilitation
Authors:  Ahlgren, Å., Bergroth, A., Ekholm, J., & Schüldt, K.
Year:  2007
Journal/Publication:  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
Full text:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17522455   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Database mining

Structured abstract:

Background:  Sick leave absence and disability have become burdensome both socially and financially. The causes of sickness absence are numerous and so are the factors that, positively and negatively, are associated with successful rehabilitation de?ned as work resumption after vocational rehabilitation (VR). One of the key factors important for the outcome of VR services is early rehabilitation intervention.
Purpose:  The primary objective of this study was to evaluate work resumption among individuals that were on sick leave and then participated in VR services. The aim of the follow-up was to assess the stability of the outcome of VR over time and to analyze factors of importance for clients that remained at work.
Setting:  The setting was various vocational rehabilitation programs.
Study sample:  A review of 815 cases where the clients had taken part in vocational rehabilitation.
Intervention:  The intervention was vocational rehabilitation services.
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  The data was case outcome reviews.
Findings:  Of the clients studied, 52.4% had attained full working capacity directly after completed VR. The proportion had decreased to 37.4% two years later. One factor that differed between those who resumed work and those who returned to sick leave was the duration of the previous sick-leave period. Those who returned to work had had shorter sick leave, had jobs to return to and had received job training as a vocational rehabilitation measure.
Conclusions:  The clients with the best chances of being in work two years after completed vocational rehabilitation were those with short sick leave absence, who had been selected for job training as a vocational rehabilitation, were aged 16–29 years and were employed in industry

Disabilities served:  Arthritis
Chronic mental illness
Chronic pain
Medical impairment
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Return to work