Occupational competence and its relationship to emotional health in injured workers in return to work programs: a Malaysian study

Murad, Mohd Suleiman, O'Brien, Lisa, Farnworth, Louise and Chien, Chi-Wen (2013) Occupational competence and its relationship to emotional health in injured workers in return to work programs: a Malaysian study. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20 2: 101-110. doi:10.3109/11038128.2012.720276


Author Murad, Mohd Suleiman
O'Brien, Lisa
Farnworth, Louise
Chien, Chi-Wen
Title Occupational competence and its relationship to emotional health in injured workers in return to work programs: a Malaysian study
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1103-8128
1651-2014
Publication date 2013-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/11038128.2012.720276
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 101
End page 110
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Workers with musculoskeletal disorders undertaking Malaysia's return to work (RTW) programmes may experience challenges in occupational competence (OC) and negative emotional states (NES). This study aimed to measure and examines the OC and NES of the workers by comparing specific comparison groups and groups of different phases. A total of 76 participants were recruited from a national RTW programme and categorized into three groups based on different RTW phases: off-work (n = 22), re-entry (n = 31), and maintenance (n = 23). Self-report questionnaires consisted of the Occupational Self Assessment version 2.2 and the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21. Results showed that injured workers exhibited significantly lower OC in comparison with an international group with various disabilities. In contrast, there was significantly higher NES when compared with Malaysia's general population. Significant differences in OC and NES were also found between workers in the three RTW phases. In particular, OC and NES in the off-work and re-entry phases were significantly lower (OC) and higher (NES) than in the maintenance phase. Furthermore, there was a moderate, negative correlation between OC and NES in the off-work and re-entry phase groups. This indicated that low levels of perceived OC were associated with higher levels of NES.
Keyword Return to work
Occupational competence
Negative emotional states
Musculoskeletal disorders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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