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Citation:  Cotner, B.A., Ottomanelli, L., O'Connor, D.R., and Trainor, J.K. (2016). Provider-identified barriers and facilitators to implementing a supported employment program in spinal cord injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, 82 (2), 1-7.
Title:  Provider-identified barriers and facilitators to implementing a supported employment program in spinal cord injury
Authors:  Cotner, B.A., Ottomanelli, L., O'Connor, D.R., and Trainor, J.K.
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Disability and Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Taylor and Francis
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1294209
Full text:  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638288.2017.1294209?s...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported
Research design:  Qualitative research

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  Over five years, individual placement and support (IPS) workers assisted SCI centers in employing US veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). This practice was reviewed after it ended to see what barriers and facilitators to the implementation of an IPS program could be identified.
Setting:  The study took place at 7 SCI centers across the united states.
Intervention:  Each site had a full-time vocational rehabilitation specialist assigned to it to assist the veterans being treated there in gaining employment. The specialists all communicated with each other to discuss barriers and solutions to problems they were experiencing.
Data collection and analysis:  Every 6 months, interviews were conducted on-site with the service providers about how well they felt IPS was being implemented. The data was analyzed using qualitative analysis to find specific barriers and facilitators to implementation described by the sites.
Findings:  Some barriers to implementation appeared during different stages of the IPS implementation, and others appeared during all stages. Facilitators stayed mostly constant through the implementation of IPS.
Conclusions:  The strategies for implementation of IPS should be adjusted as it progresses, so that any barriers can be mitigated before they hamper any progress. The strategies learned from this study can inform future attempts at the same goal.

Disabilities served:  Spinal cord injury (SCI)