Factors contributing to work-ability for injured workers: Literature review and comparison with available measures

Fadyl, Joanna K., McPherson, Kathryn M., Schlüter, Philip J. and Turner-Stokes, Lynne (2010) Factors contributing to work-ability for injured workers: Literature review and comparison with available measures. Disability & Rehabilitation, 32 14: 1173-1183. doi:10.3109/09638281003653302

Author Fadyl, Joanna K.
McPherson, Kathryn M.
Schlüter, Philip J.
Turner-Stokes, Lynne
Title Factors contributing to work-ability for injured workers: Literature review and comparison with available measures
Journal name Disability & Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
Publication date 2010-02-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638281003653302
Volume 32
Issue 14
Start page 1173
End page 1183
Total pages 11
Editor Dave Müller
Sally Howells
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
1103 Clinical Sciences
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Formatted abstract
Purpose. Despite a range of factors being proposed in research literature to be key to ‘work-ability’, agreed definitions and boundaries of this concept are lacking. This review sought to identify and clarify key factors thought to contribute to individual work-ability, then compare these against existing measures of work-ability for people with injury.
Method. A literature search was undertaken based on principles of systematic review. MEDLINE, AMED, Scopus and Web of Science databases were searched. All potentially relevant articles were obtained and, if they met inclusion criteria, evaluated for quality. The search was expanded and repeated to identify currently available measures of work-ability for people with injury. These measures were then compared against components from the first search.
Results. Thirty-four articles were obtained from the first search, and 23 provided information about factors that contribute to work-ability. Six broad categories were identified: physical, psychological, cognitive, social/behavioural, workplace factors, and factors outside the workplace. The follow-up search identified 10 measures. No one measure captured all six identified categories.
Conclusions. Components contributing to work-ability go beyond the ability to perform particular work tasks. Measures intended to be used to inform vocational rehabilitation arguably need to consider all these factors to maximise likelihood of a sustainable return to work.
© 2010 Informa UK Ltd.
Keyword Work ability
Work disability
Vocational rehabilitation
Work functioning
Traumatic brain-injury
Functional-capacity evaluations
Instability scale
Outcome measures
Office workers
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