Enhancing the vocational outcomes of people with chronic disabilities caused by a musculoskeletal condition: development and evaluation of content of self-management training modules

Johnston, V., Strong, J., Gargett, S., Jull, G. and Ellis, N. (2013) Enhancing the vocational outcomes of people with chronic disabilities caused by a musculoskeletal condition: development and evaluation of content of self-management training modules. Work, Pre-Press 1-14. doi:10.3233/WOR-131722

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Author Johnston, V.
Strong, J.
Gargett, S.
Jull, G.
Ellis, N.
Title Enhancing the vocational outcomes of people with chronic disabilities caused by a musculoskeletal condition: development and evaluation of content of self-management training modules
Journal name Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2013-09-04
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-131722
Volume Pre-Press
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND: No self-management interventions have been developed to empower those chronically disabled by a musculoskeletal condition to find and/or remain at work.

OBJECTIVE: Developand evaluate the content of two self-management training modules to improve vocational outcomes for those with chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

METHODS: Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program provided the framework for the new modules.Focus groups with the eightpersons with workdisabilities and concept-mapping sessions with the 12 experienced vocational rehabilitation professionals were conducted to identify factors and themes contributing to workersremaining/returning to work post-injury. Five experienced self-management trainers reviewed the modules for consistency with self-management principles.

RESULTS: Two new self-management modules: 'Navigating the System' and 'Managing a Return to Work' were developed.The persons with work disabilitiesgenerated four themes: accepting and coping with injury; skills to manage pain and life; positive working relationships and,re-inventing self, whereas the rehabilitation professionals identified three themes:communication and support of others; the injured worker's abilities and resources, and knowledge and education.

CONCLUSIONS: Anintervention developed to enhance self-management skills and facilitate positive vocational outcomes of those seeking to return to work post-injury was confirmed as relevant by persons with work disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and self-management trainers.
Keyword Rehabilitation
Work
Recovery of function
Patient education
Worker empowerment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online Date: 4 September 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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